My View of Llanview: March 30 Edition

Saturday, April 4, 2009 1:37 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore

 

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The cancellation of “Guiding Light” has sent shockwaves throughout the soap world, and Llanview is no exception.

It has been said that time flies when you’re having fun. However, it also seems to fly (albeit not as fast) when you are busy as well. Every time I have set down to write my column this week, something has come up. Whether it was waiting out tornado warnings, working around power outages, babysitting my aunt’s dog (whom I love like a baby), taking grandma to the grocery store, mowing the lawn while dodging raindrops, writing casting reports for “OLTL” and somehow becoming a pseudo reporter for a soap I have never each watched, it was a very hectic week. It’s amazing. Some weeks, I have to dig like a dog with a bone to find “OLTL” related news to write about, while other weeks I barely have time to complete one article before another one needs to be written. This has been one of those weeks. I have had little time to actually set down and think out what to write about in this column. And when I did, I found myself glued to the television and Internet sports message boards, swept up in the drama surrounding Memphis basketball coach John Calipari becoming the next head coach of the Kentucky Wildcat basketball team. Being a true blue UK fan (and bleeding blue), I honestly could not be happier that top coach in the nation is now at the winningest program in college basketball. Pardon me for gushing, however, I haven’t found myself this excited about Kentucky basketball in several years. But I digress.

However, all the news was not good this week, at least not in soap land anyway. Unless you’ve been stranded on a remote deserted island or trapped under a rock or in a cave this week, you know what I am referring to. After more than 72 years on television and radio, “Guiding Light,” was cancelled earlier this week. While I never watched the soap (aside from twenty or thirty second intervals while channel surfing), I found the news sad and disturbing nonetheless. Even though I am not a regular viewer of “GL,” I feel for the show’s fans, cast, and crew. It is never easy when a soap gets cancelled, especially in an era when the daytime genre appears near extinction. Soaps are a dying breed, and once they’re gone, that’s it. Daytime television will become a vast wasteland of trashy talk shows and copycat game shows. Much like variety shows and weekday afternoon network cartoons, soaps will become an experiment only discussed in textbooks, museums, and people’s memories. It’s a rather grim picture, isn’t it? Now that I’ve brought everyone down, how about a little pick me up? Here goes…

In the midst of “OLTL” casting reports and everything else that has consumed my life this past week, I found myself in the unfamiliar situation of writing articles for something which I knew very little about. That something was “Guiding Light.” While not being a fan or regular viewer of a particular show does not automatically disqualify you from being able to adequately cover that show as a reporter, it does tend to make it rather difficult. So on Wednesday, when news broke of “Guiding Light’s” imminent demise, I immediately brought the news to the attention of my fellow staff members at Soap Opera Network, informing them that an article needed to be written ASAP. However, everyone was tied up with other projects. So, not wanting such a big story to develop without so much as a ounce of coverage by SON, I felt compelled to tackle the news myself. For hours that afternoon, I poured and scoured over countless press releases and “Guiding Light” related websites. While composing the first article (dealing with the cancellation of “GL”), I realized just what a rich legacy and history the show had doing its record breaking run. A few facts about “GL” I was aware of (such as that it was the brainchild of Irna Phillips, who once employed “OLTL” Agnes Nixon on Head Writer on “Another World,” another of Phillip’s creations), but mostly I was writing about a show I knew next to nothing about. “GL” has such an impressive history, one that I had never realized until working on that report. I find myself in awe of the show and amazed by its long run both on radio and television. It is disheartening that such a once mighty and powerful show, has fizzled out in recent years. It makes me regret that I didn’t grow up watching the show as did countless other fans.

It also made me realize how very easily that article could have been about “One Life to Live,” a show I have grown up watching since childhood. “OLTL” hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire lately. In fact, it regularly finishes only a few spots ahead of “GL” in the ratings each week. What if “OLTL” were the soap that had gotten cancelled? How would I react? How would I want the show remembered? What could I say to honor ‘my’ show? Those were just some of the questions I asked myself while writing the “GL” article. I wanted to pay homage to the long-running daytime drama, while at the same time showing to the show’s loyal viewers that, as a fellow soap fan, I could feel their pain and sorrow. We should all be in mourning over the loss of “GL.” No matter what soap(s) you root for, pledge allegiance to, or watch faithfully and religiously, you should still feel bad about the fate of “GL,” because if it could happen to daytime’s oldest soap, it could very easily be your favorite show next time. I like to compare “Guiding Light” to Kentucky Wildcat basketball. Those of you who may be at least somewhat familiar with UK b-ball, might get the comparison. UK is the winningest program in college basketball with 1,988 wins and seven NCAA Championships over 105 season, where as “Guiding Light” has earned 63 Daytime Emmy Awards during its 72 year run. UK has a long and distinguished history that is full of colorful characters and firgures. The same is true with “GL.” And both have struggled in the past few years to live up to that history and to the overwhelming expectations of their fans. Those are just a few of the many parallels that can be drawn between the two; but there are many others.

Speaking of ‘my’ show let me talk about “OLTL” for a moment. About time, I suppose, considering this is what this column is supposed to be about anyway (ha ha). Llanview has been anything but a happy place lately. With all the doom and gloom, the show needs a little comic relief (and no, I am not referring to the acting talents of Farah Fath). The show needs some levity, what with serial killers, dead babies, sick kids, and drugs becoming a part of the everyday life of nearly all Llanview residents. Where is the love, the romance, and the joy? When was the last time any character was actually happy on “OLTL?”

Furthermore, why does “OLTL” consistently showcase freshmen cast members in front burner storylines? Crystal Hunt wasn’t in Llanview a week before her character Stacy Morasco was scheming to break up Gigi and Rex by withholding needed bone marrow from her leukemia-stricken nephew. And how stupid is Gigi? Why not just tell Rex what her sister Stacy is up to, so that they could fake ending their relationship until Shane got the transplant, and then expose Stacy for the evil bitch that she is? Wouldn’t that have been the logical route to go with this story? But then again, why should we expect anything “OLTL” has done lately to seem sane and rational? That makes about as much sense as Shane’s highly visible skullcap (which looked as if it were about to fall off) and the shameless plug for Disney World recently. I half expected Shane to have one those cards that from the commercials that shoots out fireworks and Mickey Mouse eared balloons when you open it. Either that or Rex or Gigi asking Shane what he wanted to do after beating cancer, so he could reply, “I’m going to Disney World!” But at least the poor boy didn’t tell his parents how long a six-day, seven night (or was it the other way around?) Disney World vacation would cost. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the Mouse has ruined ABC. Since Disney bought the network, they have made one bad decision after another…. including hiring Brian Frons to head up ABC Daytime. Oy vey!

And what is up with all the casting changes on “One Life to Live” lately? Camila Banus, Justis Bolding, BethAnn Bonner, Kathy Brier, Kamae de los Reyes, Jacqueline Hendy, A. Martinez, and Chris Stack have all either left or will soon be leaving Llanview. It must be like a bloodbath behind-the-scenes over there. While most on the list needed to disappear anyway, I think the firings of Kathy Brier and Chris Stack will prove to be the biggest losses for the show. The characters of Marcie and Michael still have a lot of potential and there are plenty of storyline possibilities for the couple, no matter what “OLTL” says. I had always thought the show should have had Marcie miraculously get pregnant after losing baby Tommy (Sam), resulting in Marcie and Michael finding their way back to one another as they raise their child. I even thought they were headed in that direction a few times, when they would randomly show them becoming intimate with one another. But instead, the separated Marcie and Michael, and even had Marcie go looking for another baby related to Todd Manning. Talk about screwing over Marcie and Michael fans, and treading down the path of no return. It was already bad enough that they turned them both into wallpaper for the past two years.

Much the same can be said of the veteran “OLTL” cast members. Viki has been turned into the Frances Reid of Llanview. She is never seen unless someone needs advice or a shoulder to cry on. Otherwise, Viki has no life and is like a classic old car you keep in the garage that you only take out to drive a few times a months. Viki should be a driving force of this show right now. They should have back at The Banner dealing with running a newspaper in a struggling economy, and trying to compete with The Sun. This would be a great storyline and would tie in nicely with the recession-type storylines ABC is forcing each of their soap’s to do in the coming months. It would also be relevant since several large newspapers across the country have either ceased or scaled back production already this year. Along the same lines, they could have Clint, Bo, and the rest of the Buchanan clan struggle to keep BE afloat, while having Renee do the same with The Palace. Or Bo could have to deal with budget cuts concerning the police department. Heck, even Carlotta could be given a storyline where she has to consider selling her diner to a corporate restaurant chain or going out of business. The possibilities are endless. Lastly, “OLTL” fans continue to amaze me…even more so in the last few weeks. After sifting through posts on several message boards, it seems as if most people either love or hate “OLTL” right now. There appears to be relatively little middle ground at the moment. You either like the show or not. For some reason, I just find that amusing. Not sure why….maybe it’s just because it’s late and I’m tired. Or maybe it’s just because I’m crazy. Who knows?

Now for a few random thoughts…. ABC MediaNet seems to love to annoy “OLTL” fans by waiting until after scenes have already aired before uploading them to the website. In the past, they often posted spoiler pictures for upcoming episodes on a regular basis. However, now they mostly wait until it is too late…. although they did put up a few images of Chloe’s upcoming christening at St. James Church. Secondly, I just hate it when a character casually mentions another rarely seen character while in a conversation with someone else. This happened the other day when Jessica told Natalie that she had talked to Andrew about having Chloe baptized. But why didn’t we get to see her talking to the good Reverend? That would have been a treat for all us long time fans. But instead, we will have to watch as some dayplayer priest performs the ritual with Andrew no where in sight. Which reminds me. Where the hell is Dr. Larry Wolek? Llanview Hospital badly needs another doctor, especially with Michael about to leave town. Next, is “OLTL” cursed, or just its time slot? Breaking news always seems to happen during the 2:00 pm et hour, interrupting “OLTL.” Such was the case this past Thursday when ABC News pre-empted the first thirty-five minutes of “OLTL” with President Obama answering questions from foreign reporters while taking a break from the G-20 Summit in the United Kingdom. The President didn’t say anything earth shattering, and ABC was the only one, outside the cable news outlets, covering the Q & A session in London. Meanwhile, it was business as usual for CBS and NBC soap fans, who got to watch their soaps with no interruptions. Leave it up to ABC News…. which I think would break in for two or three hours for almost anything. Honestly, I think the President could just say hello to one of their reporters, and they would be on air discussing it for hours. And, as if that wasn’t a big enough slap in the fans to “OLTL” fans, after the special report the network squeezed in about four or five minutes of commercials before returning to the show. After all that, we only got to see about ten or twelve minutes of the episode, since ABC chose not to re-broadcast it on Friday. What a rip-off. While I’m on the subject….did anyone else notice the logo displayed on the screen following Thursday’s ABC News Special Report (and again on Friday, during the brief cut-in at the beginning of the episode)? Typically, the announcer guy says “We now return to (whatever show was interrupted),” while the show’s logo is on the screen. However, this time they showed an ABC network logo while the announcer guy was talking. They did it to “OLTL” both days, and the same was done to “GH” on Friday when the extended ABC News Brief ran about thirty seconds (ironically) into “GH’s” time slot. I thought that was interesting. And, last but most certainly not least, I would like to send a belated congratulations to veteran “OLTL” Director Larry Carpenter and his team, who picked up a third Director’s Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Daytime Serial. Carpenter’s submitted episode, number 10,281 (which aired last October), and was entitled “So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco’s Father?” Way to go!

For those of you unable to figure out the answers to the trivia questions from my last column, here they are (correct answers are bolded): Question #1: Llanview Police lieutenant Ed Hall was introduced in 1972 to investigate someone’s murder. But whose? Was it a) Marcy Wade, b) Dr. Mark Toland, c) Rachel Wilson, or d) Victor Lord. Question #2: During his many years at Llanview Hospital, Dr. Larry Wolek’s treated everything from the common cold to performing major surgery. But what was his field of medical specialty when the show began in 1968? a) pediatrics, b) proctology, c) plastic surgery, or d) psychiatry. Question #3: In 1992, Sloan Carpenter wrote a biography of Victor Lord’s life. What was its title? a) Dark Victor, b) Victorious, c) Citizen Lord, or d) Lord of The Banner. And Question #4: In 1999, Viki tried her hand at karaoke by performing this song in a contest at the Crosswords Bar. Was it a) “Ben,” b) “I Will Survive,” c) “Crazy,” or d) “It’s Raining Men.”

I hope those questions weren’t too difficult for you. Now, time for this week’s trivia challenge: Question #1: What seasonally named soap actress was Megan Gordon’s main competitor for the fictional Daisy Award for Best Actress in 1989? Was it a) Autumn Days, b) Spring Skye, c) Summer Shade, or d) Silver Winters. Question #2: On Christmas Eve in 1993, Cassie Callison found a newborn baby, which she would later adopt and name River. But where did she first discover the little bundle of joy? Was it: a) at the mall, b) under her tree, c) in the church manger scene, or d) in the backseat of her car. Question #3: In 1978, what type of show did Pat Ashley host on WVLE? Was it: a) advice to the lovelorn, b) beauty makeovers, c) cooking, or d) talk show. And Question #4: In 1981, what was the ominous name of the Llanivew estate where Asa Buchanan had imprisoned his first wife, Olympia? Was it: a) Widow’s Peak, b) Timberdark, c) Ravenwood, or d) Moor Cliffe. I’ll have the answers in the April 15th edition of the column. But if you are stumped and can’t wait, you may want to consult a copy of The One Life to Live 40th Anniversary Trivia Book by Gerry Waggett. Just a suggestion…. but one you might find useful.

Well that does it for yet another installment of “My View of Llanview.” I hope you have enjoyed reading this column as much as I did writing it. Celebrate the spring season and stay safe. Also, please do your part to help save our fellow soap “Guiding Light.” Sign a petition, write a letter, send an e-mail, or call CBS to voice your opinion on the matter. Your actions could make a difference, and also help save “OLTL” and other soaps in the process. After all, as Viki told Rae Cummings at the end of the 2001 special ‘Trading Places” episode, “There’s no place like Llanview.” So let’s try and keep it that way.

And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

“One Life to Live airs weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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‘Pyramid’ to Replace ‘Light?”

Thursday, April 2, 2009 10:40 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Only one day after CBS announced that they were cancelling “Guiding Light,” the network provides a glimpse at what may take its place on their daytime line-up.

 

In an update to a story SON first brought you yesterday concerning the cancellation of “Guiding Light,” television’s longest running daytime drama, new details have emerged as to what may move into the time slot presently occupied by the iconic soap opera on the CBS schedule.

 

TV Week is reporting that executives at CBS are pondering replacing “GL” with a revamped version of the classic game show “The $25,000 Pyramid,” according to an Entertainment Weekly story posted on their official website early Thursday morning. While neither CBS nor Sony, the studio developing the supposed project, would comment publicly, sources familiar with the situation have told TV Week that television producer Michael Davis, best known for his behind-the-scenes work on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” has recently been working on re-launching the popular game show which was originally hosted by America’s oldest teenager Dick Clark. CBS also appears to be weighing other options, including talk shows produced in house by the network. There has also been some speculation that CBS might turn the hour over to their affiliates for local or syndicated programming. However, reports seem to indicate that the network plans to hold on to the hour soon to be vacated by “Guiding Light” in September. It is important to note that talk and game shows are much cheaper for networks and studios to produce then other daytime programming, specifically soap operas.

 

The “Pyramid” series of game shows has a long history on CBS, both in the daytime and prime-time, and is second only to “Jeopardy!’ in total amount of Daytime Emmy wins. Created by Bob Stewart, the game show debuted as “The $10,000 Pyramid” on March 26, 1973, and was hosted by Dick Clark. After some initial kinks and format changes, the game show paired up celebrity guests with regular, everyday Americans. An instant hit, “Pyramid” maintained its ratings even as much of the daytime genre was pre-empted by Congressional hearings on the infamous Watergate scandal involving then-President Richard Nixon. When the ratings temporarily feel in mid-1974, “Pyramid” jumped ship, leaving CBS for ABC, and soon became a fixture on the Alphabet Network’s daytime schedule. Later that same year, a syndicated prime-time version of the game show (titled “The $25,000 Pyramid”) premiered, and was hosted by the late Bill Cullen. It lasted for several years before being cancelled in September 1979. As for the ABC version, “Pyramid” rose in the ratings, and soon became the third highest rated game show at the time. After upping the cash prize in January 1976, the show was re-christened “The $20,000 Pyramid.” For five weeks in 1979, the show was again renamed, this time becoming “Junior Partner Pyramid,” as celebrity guests were replaced with children teaming up with a parent or other adult relative. However, ratings soon became to fall, resulting in cancellation once again in 1980.

 

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, however, a new syndicated incarnation of the game show premiered in 1981 as “The $50,000 Pyramid,” with Dick Clark again as host. After being cancelled later the same year, “The $25,000 Pyramid” was resurrected by CBS Daytime in 1982. The word “New” was added to the title from 1982 until 1985, to help viewers distinguish it from reruns of the 1974 prime-time version hosted by Bill Cullen. The success of that version led to new nightly syndicated version, called “The $100,000 Pyramid,” which was also hosted by Dick Clark. Ratings for the daytime version again declined, and CBS cancelled “Pyramid” for a second time on December 31, 1987; however it would briefly be revived for thirteen weeks the spring of 1988, following the failure of the short-lived game show “Blackout.” This daytime version of “Pyramid” ended on July 1st, 1988, while the syndicated prime-time version lasted until September 2nd. Left in reruns for three years, the popular game show returned for a few months in 1991 as the John Davidson emceed “$10,000 Pyramid.” The latest version lasted from 2002-2004, and was simply called “Pyramid.” It was hosted by Donny Osmond, and ran in first-run syndication. In recent years, reruns of several of the various “Pyramid” series have aired on “GSN” (formerly “Game Show Network”).

If picked up by CBS, the latest version would mark the ninth installment of the long running game show, which ran for more than 1,800 episodes during its reign. The news that CBS is contemplating replacing “Guiding Light” with a revamped version of “Pyramid” has been met with resistance and anger by many “GL” fans who have jammed message boards, circulated petitions, and threatened to boycott the network in an attempt to save their show. No doubt the memories will turn bittersweet when “Guiding Light” airs its final episode on September 18th and fades into television history.

SON will continue to follow this story as it develops.


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TeleNext Media, Inc.

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After 72 years on air between radio and television, CBS’s “Guiding Light” will cease broadcasting on the CBS Television Network due to low ratings. Love may save the world, but apparently it wasn’t enough to save television’s longest running daytime drama. Even with having its name published in the Guinness World Record Book and winning three Daytime Emmy’s for Best Drama Series (the most recent being in 2007), “GL” found itself unable to withstand the mass exodus of viewers from the traditional daytime soap format in recent years.

Consistently finding itself in the ratings cellar for the past few years, many sensed that the dimming ‘Light” would soon burn out on the long-running daytime drama.

According to published reports, Proctor & Gamble, the company responsible for producing both “Guiding Light” and sister soap “As the World Turns,” sat down with cast and crew members at their studios in New York and New Jersey on Wednesday morning to break the news that “GL” would be ceasing production this fall, with the last episode airing on Friday, September 18th after more than 15,700 episodes.

The news was met with mixed emotion by fans and cast alike. Long running “GL” castmember Ron Raines, who portrays the villainous Alan Spaulding stated that the “The numbers are really tough for all these old dramas. I don’t think any of the other shows want any of us to go off. We’re all in this together. What was it? 72 years continuous? That will never be touched. It is a very sad thing, but these are the times we live in. It’s very tough out there.”

“Being on the air for more than seven decades is truly remarkable, and it will be difficult for all of us at the show to say goodbye,” said Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler. “I’m proud of everything we’ve been able to do, including outstanding storytelling, our community service around the country with ‘Find Your Light’ and the launch of our new production model. This show has such a rich history, wonderful fans, and I’m honored to have been a part of the ‘GL’ legacy.”

This afternoon’s sudden announcement has sent shockwaves that have reverberated around the nation, as news of “GL’s” demise has dominated media outlets and online soap message boards. Lynn Leahey, Soap Opera Digest editorial director, calls the cancellation “heartbreaking” and said that “it was a constant in people’s lives” that hung around, unlike its prime-time counterparts that came and went. “For many of us, it was the first show we ever watched.”

Former “GL” Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps summed up her fondness for the years she spend at the helm of the long-running daytime drama “‘Guiding Light’ has a very special place in my heart. I began my career in daytime there as a production assistant and later returned as executive producer. It was a privilege (both times) to be a part of such a fabulous group of people who did such outstanding work. Some of the most talented actors, writers, and directors have walked through the doors of ‘Guiding Light.’ The industry will mourn the loss of this beloved show, but ‘Guiding Light’ leaves a rich legacy for all of us in daytime to treasure. I wish all my dear friends a gentle landing.”

Nancy Tellem, President of CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group, had this to say about the the show’s rich legacy, “‘Guiding Light’ has achieved a piece of television history that will never be matched, it has crossed mediums, adapted its stories to decades of social change, and woven its way through generations of audiences like no other. This daytime icon will always be an indelible part of CBS’s history, with a legacy of innovation and reputation for quality and excellence at every step of the way. While its presence will be missed, its contributions will always be celebrated and will never be forgotten.”

And, according to Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President of Daytime Programs at CBS, “No show in daytime or prime time, or anytime, has touched so many millions of viewers across so many years as ‘Guiding Light.’ We thank the cast, crew, and producers — past and present — who delivered this entertainment institution, the beloved characters, and the time-honored stories to our audience every day for seven decades. It’s been a privilege to work with such an extraordinarily talented group of people.”

Adding to “GL’s” woes within the past decade is the fact that several prominent CBS affiliates from around the country have either moved the soap to early morning or late night time slots, or removed it from their programming schedule entirely (such as KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California and WNEW-TV in Flint City, Michigan).

With sagging ratings, “Guiding Light” began to experiment with several different approaches to the traditional daytime model of storytelling within the past year. The sudser scrapped the familiar three stationary camera set-up in favor of portable cameras, which allowed producers to film cast members in various settings and locations outside the studio. Unfortunately, however, the changes did little to re-energize ‘GL,’ and largely had the opposite effect, resulting in turning off veteran fans and losing such popular cast members such as Beth Elhers and Ricky Paull Goldin (who have since moved on to ABC’s “All My Children”).

According to CBS, in 2008, the soap “premiered a brand-new daytime production model, featuring permanent sets inside its New York City studio and approximately 20% of the production shot in exterior scenes in the town of Peapack, N.J. In addition, directing and editing were changed to be done digitally and almost simultaneously, giving the sets a more realistic feeling and eliminating the need for production suites.”

In a press release issued by TeleNext Media, Inc., which oversees production of “GL” for Proctor & Gamble, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Brian T. Cahill thanked fans for their loyalty over the years and said that “We are honored to have been welcomed into the homes of multiple generations of ‘Guiding Light’ viewers. Cahill also gave “GL” fans a glimmer of soap by announcing that he and his staff are “working hard to find the show a new home, and we are exploring all our options to continue to bring loyal fans the characters and stories they love.” That ‘new home’ could come in the form of online episodes or moving ‘GL’ to a cable or satellite network following the soap’s departure from the CBS Daytime schedule this fall. However, given the recent failure of the now-defunct NBC soap “Passions,” which moved to DirecTV near the end of its run after being cancelled by the Peacock Network, the outlook for a new venue for “Guiding Light” appears bleak at best.

The demise of “Guiding Light” leaves only seven daytime soaps still airing on the Big Three Networks. ABC and CBS will each have three and NBC one. In terms of longevity, fellow P&G soap “As the World Turns” is daytime’s second oldest drama, celebrating its 53rd anniversary on April 2nd. The other six soaps (with the year they premiered in parenthesis) are “General Hospital” (1963), “Days of Our Lives” (1965), “One Life to Live” (1968), “All My Children” (1970), “The Young & the Restless” (1973), and “The Bold & the Beautiful” (1987). “GL” becomes the eighth daytime drama to be cancelled in the past twenty years, placing it with the likes of “Another World,” “Santa Barbara,” “Sunset Beach,” “Loving,” “The City,” “Port Charles,” and “Passions.”

“Guiding Light” was created nearly seventy-five years ago by the talented soap writer Irna Phillips (1901-1973). Long recognized as a daytime pioneer, Phillips created or co-created nearly a dozen soaps, three of which (“As the World Turns” and “Days of Our Lives,” which she helped Tim and Betty Corday develop) were still on the air at the beginning of 2009. Phillips has either direct or indirect ties to all but one of the eight present daytime dramas. Agnes Nixon (creator of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”) and William J. Bell, who developed the concepts for “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” were at one time writers for Phillips on several of her soaps. This leaves “General Hospital” as the only remaining soap not either created by the late soap icon, or one of her protégés. “Guiding Light” paid homage to Phillips in a special 70th anniversary episode in 2007, which featured past and present cast members portraying Phillips, her crew, and some of the original “GL” characters while recording a radio broadcast of the show in the late 1930s.

Launched as a 15-minute NBC radio serial on January 25, 1937, “Guiding Light” would later make the transition to television, premiering on CBS on June 30th, 1952. The radio broadcast ran concurrently with its TV counterpart (and featured the same actors and characters) before coming to an end in 1956. “GL” first aired in color on September 11th, 1967, and expanded to thirty minutes the following year. In November 1977, it expanded once more, this time to sixty minutes. Ratings peaked in late 1981, but have steadily declined in the years that have followed.

Set in the fictional town of Springfield and focusing primarily on the Spaulding, Lewis, and Cooper families, “Guiding Light” has won an impressive 69 Daytime Emmy Awards and 12 Soap Opera Digest Awards during the soap’s long, record-setting history. “GL” has also broken ground over the years by tackling numerous controversial issues including teen pregnancy, cancer, alcoholism, sexual harrasement, abuse, Down Syndrome, and post-partum depression. It was also the first daytime drama to prominently feature African-Americans in frontburner storylines in 1966. ‘GL’ became the first soap to podcast audio only episodes in 2005. Veteran cast members include Kim Zimmer, Jordan Clarke, Robert Newman, Michael O’Leary, Grant Alexander, and Tina Sloan. “GL” also boasts a long list of distinguished alumni, including Justin Deas (who is tied with “One Life to Live’s” Erika Slezak and “General Hospital’s Anthony Geary for most Daytime Emmy wins, and remains a part of the cast), Kevin Bacon, Calista Flockhart, Allison Janney, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Taye Diggs, Hayden Panettiere, and Brittany Snow.

Originally known as “The Guiding Light” (‘the’ was dropped in 1975), the show focused around the character of the Rev. John Ruthledge, and his parishioners in the Chicago suburb of Five Points (the setting later moved to Selby Flats, before finally settling in Springfield). A continuously lit lamp in the Reverend’s study assured his flock that he was there for them whenever they needed him.

Even though the ‘Light’ will soon be extinguished, its legacy and rich history will continue to live on in future generations of soap fans. Thank you, “Guiding Light,” for your contributions to the daytime drama, and God speed. You will be missed.

Stay connected to SON as we continue to follow this story.

“Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


OLTL PreVUE: Week of April 6 Edition

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 5:00 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A grandmother’s gotta do what a grandmother’s gotta do.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Jared and Natalie decide to keep their mouths shut about baby Chloe, agreeing the truth could shatter Jessica’s already fragile state of mind. Dorain gloats to Ray that David is going to be a big television star, only to be embarrassed after seeing him in a television commercial for hemorrhoid relief. Dorian is further disheartened when David phones her with the news that he has agreed to become the company’s official spokesperson on Tuesday, April 7, which leads her right into Ray’s awaiting arms and lips. Unbeknownst to either of them, however, is the fact that Jack snapped a picture of the pair lip locking. Luckily, Ray manages to foil Jack’s attempt to blackmail his aunt with the incriminating photo. But later, Dorian decides to ruffle David’s feathers by sending him the photo, which Langston accidentally sees. On Thursday, April 9, Ray warns a dismissive Lola about driving a wedge between Langston and Markko. Meanwhile, Dorian confides in Langston that she is starting to see the girl’s uncle in a new light. But on Friday, April 10, Ray brings down Dorian’s spirits by apologizing for flirting with a married woman. And Markko comes clean to Langston concerning Lola’s unwelcome advances. Elsewhere in Llanview, Clint’s welcome home party for Matthew backfires on Tuesday, April 7. Nora attempts to reassure Clint that his intentions were good, but the distance between them is apparent. Rachel surprises a grateful Nora with a visit on Tuesday, April 7. Still hurting for Matthew, Nora draws strength from Hank and Rachel. And Destiny attempts to convince Shaun to contact someone that she is certain can help Matthew.

The Inside Story: Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
Roxy solves the puzzle and confronts Stacy about blackmailing her sister. Nonetheless, Stacy remains confident that she will prevail in the end. Still under her thumb, Roxy is forced to assist Stacy in tricking Kyle into believing that John Doe’s bone marrow came from Stacy. Despite her best efforts to avoid being pricked, Stacy is subjected to injections to extract her bone marrow on Tuesday, April 7. At the same time, Roxy and Kyle arrive at the clinic to get bone marrow from Rex’s father. Brody wishes he could come clean to Jessica, who confesses her feelings to Natalie. On Friday, April 10, Gigi is honest with Jessica about what happened with Brody, which Rex overhears.

A Closer Look: Déjà Vu
Schuyler is taken by surprise when Starr attempts to put the moves on him, and Cole nearly beats down his door. With Starr in hiding, Cole accuses the former teacher of having an immoral relationship with his ex-girlfriend. After Cole storms out, Schuyler begs Starr to leave him alone and makes it clear that there is nothing between them. However, Cole spots a distraught Starr leaving Mr. J’s apartment. Across town, Todd is confronted by former frat brother Zach Rosen, who blames Todd for making his life a living hell. Jealous of Todd’s freedom and fortune, Zach demands his due share or else on Monday, April 6. Todd manages to show Zach the door, even though he makes it clear to Todd that he has not seen the last of him. On Wednesday, April 8, John is on the hunt for evidence in Zach’s motel room. Meanwhile, Marty makes amends with Blair for being with John the night she was stabbed. Blair asserts to Marty that her marriage to John has meaning. Cole cohorts with the enemy on Wednesday, April 8, when he informs Todd that Schuyler has been getting a little too friendly with Starr. Zach knocks Cole out cold. Starr races to stop her father after discovering Llanview High sent Todd a letter about her and her teacher, but ultimately bumps into Zach instead. Unaware of his true identity, Starr soon discovers the danger she is now in. Cole rushes to Starr’s side, just as Zach pulls out a gun. Fortunately, on Thursday, April 9, Cole is successful in tipping off John. Meanwhile, Todd confronts Schuyler, who blatantly denies the allegations. Furthermore, Todd becomes physically violent when Schuyler blames him for Starr’s woes. Téa seeks more advice from Viki concerning Todd. On Friday, April 10, Todd is desperate to help his daughter after learning that Zach is holding her hostage in Marty’s old bedroom. After busting into the room, Todd watches in horror and disbelief as his old frat buddy compares the present predicament to the night he, Todd, and Powell Lord raped Marty all those years ago.

One Life to Live News and Headlines

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2009

  • Monday: Todd is afraid of history repeating itself. Stacy is close to confessing to Rex. Jared and Natalie try to bury the truth.
  • Tuesday: Todd and Zach’s standoff is at a climax. Roxy urges Gigi to beat Stacy at her own game. Clint talks to Viki about his relationship with Nora.
  • Wednesday: Todd prays upon Téa’s feelings. John is afraid that a serial killer is still loose in Llanview. Cole needs a big favor from Markko.
  • Thursday: Todd and Téa act on their feelings. John begins to doubt Zach’s guilt. Jared and Natalie assure themselves that they are doing the right thing.
  • Friday: John is horrified by what he finds. Starr and Cole decide to investigate how baby Hope really died. Roxy urges Gigi to expose Stacy for the evil witch she is.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of April 6 Edition



AMC PreVUE: Week of April 6 Edition

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Uphill battles.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Adam admits to Erica that there is something wrong with him but the doctors don’t know what it is on Monday, April 9. JR and Tad confront Adam about the reports they heard concerning his strange behavior at the hospital. Jake continues to be drawn to Amanda and suggests to the mother-to-be that they go into hiding and raise her baby together. David rushes Krystal to the hospital when she collapses from the pain in her side. A devastated Krystal learns she suffered an ectopic pregnancy and is now barren. On Wednesday, April 8, a smitten Amanda can’t bring herself to allow Jake to leave everything behind for her. Krystal is keeping a secret from David. Brot begins on a new career path. Taylor and Tad enjoy another friendly encounter. Adam refuses to allow JR to cut off Chandler funding for Scott’s struggling production company. Erica urges Adam to be honest with JR and Colby. JR and Scott get off to a rough start. David sets his sights on Scott. Frankie privately worries about leaving Randi behind.

The Inside Story: The Calm Before
Kendall lashes out at Reese who stops by the hospital to check on Ian’s condition. David gives Zach and Kendall the good news that Ian survived surgery but warns them that he still faces a tough road ahead. Kendall and Zach connect as they watch over their son. On Tuesday, April 7, the Slater’s agree to put their differences aside for Ian’s sake and soften towards each other more than they have in a long time. Ryan wonders if Kendall is on the road to getting back together with Zach. Kendall explains to Ryan that all of her energy is centered on her boys right now but assures him that she does love him. Zach and Kendall’s thaw continues. Zach realizes that Kendall hasn’t signed the divorce papers when he returns home. Zach returns to the hospital with Spike and the family is reunited for the moment at least on Thursday, April 9. Erica and Ryan end up stranded together. Kendall and Zach bring Ian home from the hospital. Zach comforts Kendall. Kendall and Zach share a kiss. Erica admits to Ryan that she’s trying to keep him away from Kendall and Zach and urges him to get on with his life and find another woman, insinuating that woman could even be her.

A Closer Look: The Original Sin
Annie fights Aidan’s assertion that Tori only exists in her mind. A protective Aidan doesn’t reveal the extent of Annie’s instability to Dr. Burke. Annie fears she killed Tori. With Aidan’s support, Annie fights her fears and goes back to the night of Tori’s death in her mind. Annie remembers seeing Richie with a baseball bat in the cellar with her and Tori. The detective deduces that Richie killed Tori in a fit of rage and then convinced a young Annie that she was the murderer. Aidan is confident that the truth has set Annie free and that she will finally be able to heal. Annie fears that Emma’s suffering from all the upheaval her insanity has caused. Her motherly instinct proves to be correct when Emma is sent home from a field trip after hitting a classmate who made fun of Annie. Ryan decides to pay a visit to Annie before making a final decision on allowing Emma to visit her mother. Ryan is not convinced that Annie is really better and refuses to bring Emma to see her. Annie is up to her old tricks when she places a call to Emma to arrange a secret visit on Friday, April 10.

All My Children News and Headlines:

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2009

  • Monday: Zach lets Kendall know that he no longer needs her. Scott wants JR’s help to beat David to the punch. Krystal makes a mysterious call.
  • Tuesday: Ryan accuses Kendall of trying to hold on to both him and Zach. Annie sneaks out of Oak Haven and into Ryan’s penthouse. Adam knows where Krystal’s skeletons are buried.
  • Wednesday: A disoriented Adam passes out in court. Erica wonders what Adam’s holding over Krystal. Jake comes to Amanda’s rescue.
  • Thursday: Krystal turns on David during the custody hearing. Aidan promises Annie everything will be okay. Kendall tells Ryan she wants a life with him.
  • Friday: Jake vows that David will never get his hands on Amanda’s baby. Krystal warns Adam that he’d better keep her secret. Zach tells Kendall he no longer has feelings for her.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



GH PreVUE: Week of April 6 Edition

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — My life would suck without you.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Patrick rescues Robin from the water on Monday, April 6. Robin insists to a skeptical Patrick, Maxie and Matt that she was not trying to take her own life. Nikolas caters to Rebecca after her biopsy. On Tuesday, April 7, Patrick bristles as he spies Robin, who has wandered back down to the docks, in Jason’s arms. Rebecca turns to Monica for advice. Robin takes Kelly’s advice and calls to arrange a date with Patrick and Emma in the park only to find out that the duo is already there with Elizabeth. Robin walks away after seeing Patrick, Elizabeth and the kids in a seemingly family moment. Nikolas gives Rebecca a night to remember. Jason comes to Sam’s aid when she runs into a major problem in getting her new business off the ground on Thursday, April 9. Nikolas and Rebecca share another kiss.

The Inside Story: Pregnant Pause
Jason supports Carly as she struggles to come to a decision about what to do for Michael. After finding him lurking in the shadows, Jason informs Ric that he’s a dead man should he find out he’s hiding any information about Michael’s shooting. Carly talks to Sonny and then the specialist as she tries to come to a decision about Michael’s future. Claudia warns Olivia not to mess with her. Claudia initiates sex with Sonny in the hopes of getting pregnant. Ric goes to Sonny to do damage control from his prior confrontation with Jason. Johnny is appalled when Claudia tells him what she’s up to. Ric continues to menace Sonny’s wife. Claudia overhears Jason telling Sonny that there’s evidence that Ian wasn’t acting alone when he shot Michael. Olivia wonders if Carly is pregnant after she suffers yet another dizzy spell. At the hospital, Carly grows suspicious when she sees Claudia consulting with Kelly. Jason shares his suspicions about Ric with Sonny. Scared for his life, on Friday, April 10, Ric throws Claudia to the wolves.

A Closer Look: Young Love
Maxie is not receptive to Matt’s flirting and later balks when Lulu suggests that she attend the Crimson event with the doctor. Lulu makes a scene when Maxie suggests that she’ll go to the event with Ethan instead of Matt. Kate casts the deciding vote: Maxie and Matt will attend the event together. Lulu’s victory is short-lived as Ethan presses Lulu to stick to her story and go out with him. Tracy’s wheels begin to spin after she sees Ethan’s weathered photo of Luke and Robert in their younger days. Fearing that Ethan is Luke’s son, on Wednesday, April 8, Tracy does her best to convince Lulu not to go on her scheduled “date” with the schemer. Maxie vows vengeance after Lulu convinces Kate to make Matt Maxie’s permanent escort for public appearances. Tracy confronts Ethan. Lulu’s heart breaks when Johnny confesses that he almost slept with Maxie. Remorse does little to stop Maxie from pulling Johnny into a kiss which Spinelli witnesses. Lulu doesn’t get the reception she anticipated when she arrives at Ethan’s motel room.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2009

  • Monday: Claudia narrowly dodges a bullet. Carly gets some upsetting news. An evil presence lurks in Port Charles.
  • Tuesday: Claudia scrambles to save her neck. The hospital’s re-opening ceremony gets a very unwelcome guest. Tracy’s suspicions about Ethan grow stronger.
  • Wednesday: Things take a major turn for Ric. The tension between Robin and Patrick hits an all time high. Alexis warns Nikolas that Rebecca might not be what she seems.
  • Thursday: Jerry tells Ric and Claudia that he’s calling the shots. Nikolas wonders if Alexis could be right about Rebecca. Robin and Patrick try to get back on track.
  • Friday: Jax comes face to face with Jerry. Carly takes a pregnancy test. Maxie is hurt by Spinelli’s rejection.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Wednesday, April 1, 2009 1:02 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” has announced that Marcie and Michael McBain will be soon be riding off into the sunset together, as Kathy Brier and Chris Stack prepare to say goodbye to Llanview.

The writing has long been on the wall, but the news remains shocking nonetheless. According to Soap Opera Digest, “OLTL” has decided not to renew the contracts of Kathy Brier and Chris Stack. Mostly backburnerd during the past few years, Marcie and Michael have had relatively little story of their own. Outside of holding baby Tommy hostage after discovering that he was really Todd Manning’s son, and agreeing to adopt Todd’s pregnant daughter Starr’s baby girl, Marcie has rarely been seen other than occasional visits to her friends to dispense advice and exchange pleasantries. Much the same can be also be said for Michael, whose primary duties seem to be limited to interacting with patients at Llanview Hospital. Marcie and Michael even had to compete with a tornado and the revelation of who killed Michael and his brother John’s police officer father on their wedding day, leaving the newlyweds treated as second class citizens on what should have been the happiest day of their lives.

Brier has portrayed author/teacher Marcie Walsh McBain since creating the role in 2002; although the character was originally slated for two episodes . In 2004, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for best supporting actress. Marcie marked Brier’s first television role. From 2003-2004 Brier appeared on Broadway as Tracy in “Hairspray.” She is also the voice of Babalulu on the animated Playhouse Disney children’s program “Jo Jo’s Circus,” and Rosamond in “Nate the Great” on PBS. In addition, Brier has also performed in numerous regional and off-Broadway theater productions, including “Bat Boy: the Musical,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Funny Girl,” “Cinderella,” and “Grease.” An accomplished singer, Brier has released a album entitled “Heartbreaker,” recorded a song for the “One Life, Many Voices” CD to benefit victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, and performed several songs on “OLTL” in recent years. And in 2003, Brier garnered attention following a rather unflattering comment by then-ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, in which he stated that “Kathy Brier, a marvelous actress, […] has an incredible voice and is not beautiful, is overweight and the audience has just embraced her, because she is not perfect like everybody else.”

Stack took over the role of Dr. Michael McBain in December 2007 following the dismissal of Nathaniel Marston from the role, becoming the fourth actor to take over the character (the others being R. Brandon Johnson from 2003-2004 and Robert Harte as a temporary replacement for a handful of episodes in 2007). Before joining the cast of “One Life to Live,” Stack made appearances as Walt on “As the World Turns” in 2006. In 2003, Stack had a minor role on “OLTL” as drug dealer Brad White. Other acting credits include “Conviction,” “Third Watch,” and “The Education of Max Bickford,” along with the films “School of Rock” and “Roger Dodger.”

SOD is reporting that both actors were let go by the soap last week, which Kathy Brier confirmed in the following message, posted Tuesday afternoon (March 31st) at 3:48 pm edt on her official MySpace page. “Last week after seven years on OLTL I was told by the powers that be at ABC that my contract was not going to be renewed at the end of my current cycle (May 31st). I was told that they don’t know what else to write for Marcie. Obviously I don’t agree with that statement. I think Marcie has so many layers still left to explore. That being said I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for being the most loyal fans I will probably ever have in my entire career. Over the years I have received countless emails and letters expressing how much Marcie has given hope to and inspired you but I want you all to know that you have done the same for me. You welcomed Marcie in a medium where she was never expected to flourish and helped me to break boundaries that my fellow voluptuous thespians (hollah Chandra Wilson, Melissa McCarthy) continue to break down. I hope to have your support as I enter this new adventure in my life and career and I hope, you have enjoyed the life and times of Marcie Walsh McBain as much as I have. Kathy.” However, a set side source leaked to SOD that “There could have been more story for Michael and Marcie, but that’s just not the direction they decided to take it. It’s the nature of the business.”

News of the exits of Brier and Stack comes on the heels of several other actors who have recently parted ways with “One Life to Live,” including Justis Bolding, Jacqueline Hendy, Kamar de los Reyes and BethAnn Bonner. While it remains to be seen if Marcie and Michael will be written off the show or if they will simply fade out of existence the way of forgotten characters like Miles Laurence have done, viewers will still be seeing them around Llanview for several more weeks. The McBains will be a part of baby Chloe’s christening in mid-April, and Michael will likely still be seen making his rounds at Llanview Hospital. And, although no final airdate has yet been announced, both Marcie and Michael could potentially continue to air until at least June or July, given that Brier’s contract expires on May 31st, and that “One Life” regularly tapes approximately four to six weeks in advance.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: Brier and Stack’s ‘Life’ Comes to an End in Llanview



Monday, March 30, 2009 12:53 AM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — From daytime to primetime.

Congratulations to Colin Egglesfield. The actor whose controversial character, Josh Madden, was permanently aborted from the “All My Children” scene earlier this year, has been cast in a leading role on the CW’s updated version of “Melrose Place.” The series that originally aired on FOX is centered around a group of driven and attractive young people who live in the same apartment courtyard complex and who end up getting way too involved in each other’s trials and tribulations.

The 36-year old hottie, named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2005, will play Auggie Kirtpatrick. Auggie is an avid surfer and a ambition sous-chef at one of Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants. Other actors cast as “MP” residents include Michael Rady who will play filmmaker Jonah Miller (think Billy); Katie Cassidy who will play Ella Flynn, sharp-tongued publicist (think Amanda); Ashlee Simpson-Wentz who will play Violet Foster, a small town girl who comes to L.A. with a secret (think Sydney); Jessica Lucas will play wealthy and beautiful elementary school teacher Riley Richmond; and Stephanie Jacobsen who will play Lauren Bishop, a medical student by day, a high-end call girl by night. The series is a go for the 2009 fall season. “Smallville” producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer will produce the pilot episode and will continue on the series as executive producers.

The original “Melrose Place” was created by Darren Star and executive produced by the late Aaron Spelling; current “AMC” head-writer Charles Pratt Jr. The original cast included Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini), Josie Bissett (Jane Mancini), Andrew Shue (Billy Campbell), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Alison Parker), Grant Show (Jake Hanson), Doug Savant (Matt Fielding), Marcia Cross (Kimberly Shaw), Daphne Zuniga (Jo Reynolds), Vanessa Williams (Rhonda Blair), Amy Locane (Sandy Harling). In a move to energize the series in it’s first season, Heather Locklear joined the cast as Amanda Woodward. The series lasted seven seasons (1992-1999).

Egglesfield is not the only “AMC” alum hitting prime-time, Rebecca Budig (who played “the real Greenlee” Smythe off and on from 1999-2009) recently booked a guest star appearance on the hit CBS comedy-series “How I Met Your Mother.” Budig will play Holly, a girlfriend of Ted’s (Josh Radnor), in one of the final episodes of the season.

“All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. “Melrose Place” will air on The CW in the Fall of 2009. “How I Met Your Mother” airs on CBS on Monday nights. Check local listings.



Sunday, March 29, 2009 6:05 PM ET | By Venus Stone


alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Putting trust in the devil…

THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

Luke and Noah make new friends, Thursday, April 2. Casey gets some much needed guidance from Allyson on Monday, March 30. Lucy gives Dusty information that Paul is using her to get even with him. Holden doesn’t trust Damien as far as he can throw him and begins to suspect that he’s the cause for Luke’s accident; while Damien on the other hand tries to persuade Noah to get Luke on his side.

The Inside Story: Reversal Decision


After her night with Craig, Carly wonders what Jack must think of her after walking in on the two of them in bed together. She immediately goes over to clear the air but Jack dismisses her. Janet later explains to Carly that Jack was about to make amends with Parker but changed his mind after seeing her with Craig. Craig in the meantime gives Parker and Liberty reassurance that he’s on their side but points out that Parker shouldn’t strive to gain his trust fund simply to spite and get even with his parents. Back at the police station, Margo tells Jack that he should put aside his pride and offer the olive branch to Carly for Parker’s sake. Jack heads to Milltown and finds Carly at home. The two of them talk things out and head to the hearing together. When they arrive, Jack steps up by defending Carly’s character to the judge when he starts talking about all her past crimes. When the judge returns with his decision, he tells Parker that he will not give him emancipation, let alone control over his trust; but he will give him the opportunity to choose who he wants to be trustee over it. Parker tells the judge that he wants Craig to oversee his trust fund. Jack flips out and quickly points the finger at Carly, saying she’s the cause of everything. While Carly is giving Craig a stern warning, Parker on the other hand becomes smug, thinking that Craig will let him have his way with everything. Jack, still seething at what has taken place tries to demand that Craig step down as Parker’s trustee, but Craig refuses, Janet, on the other hand is trying to talk some sense into Lliberty and when it looks as if it might work, Parker’s arrival has Liberty changing her mind. Parker and Liberty head to go apartment hunting and find one but when it comes time to get the money from his trust fund, Craig tells the young man no. Carly comes up with another solution; move into the house with her. The teens reluctantly agreee. That evening, Carly has a drink to celebrate her trust in Craig.

A Closer Look: Vienna’s Second Chance
Shortly after discovering that the insemination procedure didn’t go through, Vienna and Henry learn that Vienna is in fact pregnant; this time with Henry’s baby. Viennna insists that they continue through with making Brad and Katie’s dream come true by passing off their actual baby as theirs. Henry tells her that it is wrong for them to hide the fact that Brad’s not the baby’s father, but Vienna points out to Henry that he was the one that said he never wanted to be a father and plans on holding true to her promise to their best friends. Meanwhile back home, Brad and Katie begin to wonder if there is something that the duo are keepign from them. When Katie approaches Vienna on it, she assures her that all is fine. Henry in the meantime begins to develop feelings of what it feels like to have Vienna carrying his baby instead of Brad’s. Later that day,Vienna and Henry are approached by Katie with an opportunity: move in with her and Brad so they all can share in the joy of the baby’s progress.

What To Watch

  • Damien collapses in front of Noah
  • Dusty and Lucy ‘give’ Paul what he wants
  • Jack tells Carly Craig wants something she has

As the World Turns News and Headlines

  • Nicholas Galbraith and Melinda Sullivan will come on the show as Zac and Zoe Finn on Wednesday, April 1 to help Luke with the foundation; but could they actually stir up some trouble?
  • John Hillner plays a dean that gives Casey a second change,Thursday, April 2
  • Adam LeFevre will play a judge that will determine Parker’s fate, Monday, March 30
  • Rose Courtney plays a social worker who finds herself falling into one of Paul’s traps, Monday, April 6
  • Word is that Cady McClain will be returning back to Oakdale as Rosanna Cabot. Cabot’s airdate has been slated for May 20
  • Chauntee Schuylere, who plays ‘Bonnie McKeechnie’ originally opted to depart from the role after relocating to the West Coast with her husband. News is that she will be staying right where she is and commute back and forth to shoot her scenes.
  • Ewa da Cruz (‘Vienna’), Trent Dawson (‘Henry’) and Billy Magnussen (‘Casey’) will be attending the 11th Annual Southwest Florida SoapFest, an event that returns the best of daytime television’s soap opera stars to Marco Island, May 2 and May 3 to raise money for local children’s charities. Those interested in ticket and sponsorship information go online to SopaFest or call 239-394-4559
  • ‘As the World Turns’ fans have an opportunity to bring out their charitable side in them by joining Kelley Menighan Hensley, Jon Hensley, Michael Park and Martha Byrne at the Inaugural Angels for Hope Gala Friday. May 29. The event begins from 7 PM to 11 PM at the Estate at Florentine Gardens, located at 97 Rivervale Road in River Vale, NJ. Angels of Hope is the first major fundraiser event that is held on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Bergen County. Those in attendence will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of fine dining, cocktails, music and dancing along with a silent auction. Tickets are $200.00 each with limited seating. Please visit Angels for Hope or call (212) 239-3239 to reserve.
  • ‘As the World Turns’ fans will want to take advantage of seeing some of their favorite stars when they host the ATWT Annual Fan Club Luncheon 2009 on April 18 from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM at the Marriot Marquis located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. Those interested are required to pay a $25.00 non-refundable deposit per person in order to reserve seating. Those who are current fan club members pay $125 and non-fan club members pay $135 For more information regarding the event, please visit ATWT Fan Club
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of March 23 – 27, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2009

  • Carly ignores the warning signs of her constant drinking.
  • Meg comes to a decision.
  • Liberty begins to wonder about her marriage.

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    Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of March 30 Edition



Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:43 AM ET | By Venus Stone


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Who’s your mama…

THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Amber comes to the realization that something is seriously wrong with Kevin on Wednesday, April 1. Victor gives Adam something to think about when his words make an impact on Thursday, April 2.

The Inside Story: Unrelated
After Katherine stuns Jill with the news that they are not mother and daughter, Jill lashes out accusing Kay of pulling out another con job. Katherine, tired of Jill’s turning of a blind eye to the fact that all three tests were legitimate, leaves. Shortly after, Nikki arrives at Jill’s office and snaps into her about her constant doubts. Jill sneers at her that she will never believe the DNA test is correct. Nikki hits a nerve when she tells Jill that she doesn’t even know who she belongs to and that if she feels the need to be right, to choose a lab of her own to conduct the test. Without realizing it Jill blurts out that Nikki best contact Brock to return to Genoa City to coduct a final DNA test. Taking her advice, Nikki does exactly that and calls Brock with the news that Katherine is still alive and is needed back home. Afterwards she shares the news with Katherine who instantly begins to worry but Nikki assures her that Brock will know who she is. As the women are talking, Katherine admits that she has grown to love Jill as her ‘daughter’. Meanwhile, Brock who is at the coffeehouse meets with Nikki who asks him if he’s ready to see Katherine. When they head to Murphy’s trailer Brock is overcome with emotions and hugs his mother. Katherine, happy to have someone else believe her, tells Brock about her memory lapses. A concerned Brock tells Katherine that she should be tested for Lyme Disease. Still with Katherine, Brock calls Jill to persuade her to come see Kay but she furiously refuses. Later that day, Katherine, who is at the doctor’s office for her tests gets the confirmation that she in fact does have Lyme Disease. Jill, having second thoughts shows up at the trailer and Katherine is stunned to see her. Things start off cordially between the two women until Katherine tells her about her diagnosis. Jill quickly points the finger at Katherine telling her that it’s nothing more than another con. Fed up with Jill’s accusations, Katherine tears into her and midway through her tongue lashing Jill realizes that she truly is Katherine. Unable to handle the truth it becomes Jill’s turn to lash out warning Katherine to stay away from Billy and Chloe’s wedding. Katherine dismisses her warnings and tells her that she will be attending that wedding whether she likes it or not.

A Closer Look: Cold Feet

Billy begins to feel the wedding day blues when he begins to question if marrying Chloe is the right thng to do. Before he can make any decisions Chloe and Esther inform him that the wedding should be held at the Chancellor Estate, to which Billy goes along with. As Chloe is making wedding plans, Colleen approaches her and lets her know that even if Billy does marry her, he will never be in love with her. Not phased Chloe tells Colleen that she will have a family for her daughter. Meanwhile, Jack puts his two cents in at the rehearsal dinner when he persuades Sharon to be the matron of honor. Meanwhile on the eve of his wedding a nervous Billy heads to a bar to calm his nerves. While there, he finds himself coming face-to-face with Sharon.

What To Watch

  • Cane won’t take Lily’s no for an answer
  • Amber is forced to do what Kevin wants
  • Phyllis and Nick go another round about the ex
  • The cake begins the fly between Kay and Jill

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • Brian Cousins plays Detective Sloan, who’s on the hunt for Kevin Fisher, Tuesday, March 31
  • Roscoe Born will come back to Genoa City to terroize Kevin as the Ghost of Tom, Tuesday March, 31
  • Scott L. Scwartz comes to the show,Monday, March 30 as Amos Slaughter
  • As previously mentioned on SON, Tom Casiello has joined the writing team of Y&R. His first scenes begin airing April 20 and April 28, May 12 and May 19.
  • Clementine Ford will be soon joining the cast as Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Browning beginning April 1.
  • Beau Kazer returns as ‘Brock Reynolds’ Katherine’s son,Wednesday April 1 to prove that Katherine is very much the real deal
  • Fans can ‘get restless’ by participating in the Get Restless in Jamaica Sweepstakes. A fan could win their chance of a lifetime to have a 4 day/3 night vacation. Those interested can visit Get Restless in Jamaica
  • Y&R’ made the pages of the current issues of Soap Opera Digest in ‘Thumbs Up & Down’ regarding the excellent work of having history mixed in the storylines of Katherine and Kevin Also featured in the issue is Jess Walton discussing her hairstyle trends in Buzz Cut.
  • Congratulations to Jeanne Cooper for receiving the Media and Entertainment Excellence Award by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
  • Daniel Goddard will give fans an opportunity to see him Saturday May 9 at the Georgetown Market Place located at 289 Guelp Street in Georgetown, Ontario and the OLG Casino Brantford, located 40 Icomm Drive at Brantford, Ontario The Georgetown event begins at 11AM, while the Brantford event starts at 2:30 PM Those interested in attending please keep in mind that the casino event is for those 19 years of age and over. For more information, please go to Soap Opera Mania on Tour
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of March 23 – 27, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2009

  • Karen gets more information regarding Neil and Tyra.
  • Nick has had his fill of Phyllis.
  • Victor begins the next phase of his revenge.

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