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AMC's Thorsten Kaye knocks the Two Todds Story & Marty's exit on OLTL!

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The uber-popular, Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater of AMC) recently revealed to Deep Soap’s Sara Bibel, the surprising reason why he did not make a cameo on One Life to Live to reprise his role of Patrick Thornhart to usher out his real life wife and former on-screen partner, Daytime Emmy winner Susan Haskell ( Ex-Marty Saybrooke) a few months back.

Kaye stated on his decision not to return to wrap up the Patrick/Marty story: “I am not what you would call a team favorite. They wanted me to come in for one day or two days, but it wasn’t really to take Marty home, because that whole story was f—ed up anyway. It didn’t make sense to anybody. They wanted [Patrick] to bring the real Todd [Roger Howarth] back.  I said, ‘You know what? I don’t get it. You asked your audience to [accept] this new actor that you’ve had for the last eight years. You have said he is your Todd. Everyone accepted it. 8 years later you go, No, idiots. That wasn’t Todd.’ That doesn’t make sense to me. That works on the radio. You can’t do it on TV. If you need someone to guide him in, I’m not going to do it.”

Kaye also let his thoughts be known on how they exited Haskell off the canvas! “To get rid of Susan in the way that they did made no sense. I just don’t think it was fair, and it was completely unnecessary. If you’re doing something like that, at least have it help the story. I think all actors, you get to a point where you want to make sure that you being there makes a difference. When they say we’re just going to take you out of this equation, that’s a tough thing.”

So what do you think? Do you agree with Thorsten’s sentiments on the Two Todds and the exit of Marty Saybrooke without seeing the real Patrick Thornhart? Let us know!

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Loretta Jamar
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Loretta Jamar

Thank you Thorsten… you said what I have been thinking and I HATE the way the OLTL stories got screwed up.

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

Ditto!

Carole
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Carole

He is exactly right! I hated the way they wrote out Marty. She deaserved better. They had more time than AMC to find a better way to end the story. As for the two Todds, it took me a long time to accept Trevor but I finally did (till he pushed a pregnant Starr down the stairs). He deserved better also!

spearmint
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spearmint

personally, i liked the story, and as much as i like Trevor, Roger IS TODD. I just wish Trevor’s Victor could have lived. As for Mr Kaye, i hated Patrick, remember he killed Blair’s baby and didnt want to save Starr. I personally feel like his comments are simply sour grapes lol, they didnt want him as a solo package and he was butt hurt. I only hate that Marty wasnt killed by Natalie and David brought Zack back

Todd
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Todd

I agree that the Marty exit was terrible. Susan was amazing because she is a pro, but it was terrible what they did to her character. Murderer? No way. Off balance….ok. I disagree with the Todd story. I think it has been brilliant. Only regret is the loss of Trevor, but that was his decision.

Teresa Sousa
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Teresa Sousa

Makes complete sense to me & why also help them make your spouse leave on such a stupid storyline exit.

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Given the complex and detailed history of Marty Saybrooke and her valuable contributions to the One Life to Live storyline I feel that the writers’ exit strategies for her character were decidedly shabby and undeniably disrespectful. Basically it involved the deconstruction of a formerly vibrant, positive entity transformed into a delusional, homicidal broken shell. Saybrooke’s sacrificial lamb disintegration smacked of profound desperation and annoying artifice on the part of forces behind the scenes. Marty’s worthy achievements over the years included spotlighting the plight of people suffering from the disease known as lupus, the struggle of evolving attitudes of tolerance, understanding,… Read more »

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

Wow! I read this, praising the insightful accuracy of the author, so glued to each word, that when I finally look up in order to have a name to go along with the brilliance… alas, it’s my dear buddy, the Bard-of-Sullivan! LOL! You’ve summarized beautifully, Stephen, and eulogized our dearly departed Marty perfectly!!! Cheers, mate! 😉 While noting is impossible, I can’t forsee a reunion with the Haskell-Kaye’s, but feverently wish for reconciliation with TSJ & Robin Strasser. I just hope Tina & Cord aren’t deconstructed as well…

david
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david

Excellent comment. Yes, “wreckage and waste” accurately describes the “train wreck” OLTL has become–too many sacrifices of invaluable characters and actors, leaving a twisted mess for Prospect Park to cleanup.

Amy
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Amy

I could not agree with you more! I will NEVER EVER forgive Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini for what they did to the character of Marty ! Marty was troubled NEVER crazy! She overcame so much in her life, losing her parents, being alone , a gang rape! And what puts her over the edge? Losing John Mcbain?? Marty interacted with everyone! Where was Nora and Vicky? Marty was one of the greatest characters ever created, and Susan Haskell is beyond brilliant as an actress. Her chemistry with Roger Howarth was off the charts. The fact that after 14 years… Read more »

JuneBug
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JuneBug

Has Mr. Kaye considered what it takes for the audience to consider the fact that *his* character is not dead? Talk about effed up. I don’t get it, indeed. Todd/Victor makes more sense to me than the resurrection of Zach Slater.

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

ikr!!

spearmint
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spearmint

amen

Shea
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Shea

I think that they totally had it planned out that “Men of 21” were going to responsible for the whole two Todd’s story line. Personally, I would have preferred that the “Men of 21” were involved rather than having Irene Manning alive and the Todd’s be twins. I think the twins story is over used and I was sort of disappointed that this is the way the story was twisted. My thoughts on Susan Haskell? Well, she was shafted and deserved a better send off. Actually, I think she still needs to be with the show. I am beyond ecstatic… Read more »

Sarahjbrown1fan
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Sarahjbrown1fan

I agree with him 100% I’m still in shock that they actually killed him off especially after giving us 8 amazing years as Todd Manning and this is how they repay him, ugh! TSJ is sooo irreplaceable and the show will not be the same without him!!!! He will forever be my Todd and will be greatly missed!!!!!!! #teamtsj

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

TSJ is the only Todd! He was just the right mix of good & evil! RH is only evil & he’s showing his true colors now!

Shea
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Shea

::More story could have been told is what the last part was supposed to say.

Carri
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Carri

I LOVE Roger and Trevor. The way the story unfolded was AWESOME, BUT I do agree that the way Susan was handled was not classy, neither was the way they handled Robin or Trevor! I TOTALLY would LOVE to have a Victor Lord Jr. in Llanview. I would have accepted it and been all about getting the twins to interact! There is enough of the Lord fortune to go around. Bringing Irene back from the dead, having HER be the catalyst in all this was AWESOME Sudz! Having her be behind Patrick Thornhart, Tea’s brother involved, it all made crazy… Read more »

Lori
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Lori

Carri and Thorsten are so right! Get Susan and Trevor back on OLTL, there is so much more LIFE TO LIVE for them! I’ve been thinking about the Cole story and how he shot Eli in “cold blood.” Okay, now, hasn’t anybody thought that he killed Eli because of temporary sanity? THe thought his child and the mother of his child (love of his life) were killed by Eli! I don’t think Cole shoud’ve been thrown in prison. He definitely should have an “re-trial” – I think that’s what it’s called. Yes, Tea should throw herself into her work and… Read more »

Margie
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Margie

I agree with him about Marty. RC wrote her horribly. The rapemance was a disgrace.
I don’t blame him for not returning. That said, I totally disagree about the Todd story. It’s been terrific.
Ratings appear to agree.

Willie T
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Willie T

TSJ and RH the two best actors on daytime almost sold the worst story in the history of daytime but the rating DON’T agree. They were already up before RH and went down almost a hundred thousand with the idiotic insulting storyline that RC wrote for the reveal.

Margie
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Margie

The ratings have gradually gone up all year, but they’ve really spiked in the last 6 weeks.

We’re 3,000 away from 2nd place – a place we haven’t occupied in at least 10 years.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) Ratings Report for the Week of August 29 September 2, 2011

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,425,000 (+12,000/-548,000)
2. B&B 2,727,000 (-200,000/-417,000)
3. OLTL 2,724,000 (-19,000/+349,000)
4. GH 2,486,000 (+18,000/-174,000)
5. AMC 2,480,000 (-11,000/+60,000)
6. DAYS 2,363,000 (-77,000/-80,000)

Torrey
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Torrey

You Go Thorsten!!! Nice to see that someone closely connected to this understands how the viewers must feel. Cause I feel betrayed with the departure of Trevor St. John as Todd Manning….I’m sorry, he will always be Todd for me. He took on an impossible role and made us believe it and accept it….then the writers decide no that’s good any more, let’s bring back Roger. After 8 years, that’s a slap in the face to the actor that gave us 8 great years of amazing work and a slap in the face to the fans who grew to love… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

The radio? How does that even make sense — this was a plastic surgery story to begin with! It actually IS plausible, hilariously enough. And Howarth’s return did not dictate St. John’s departure. He didn’t step back in one day and take the role back. That’s why it was “The Two Todds” story, and it’s obviously too bad they’re not both there to keep it going, but they COULD have kept it going. And in fact had both of them on for a few months. He makes it sound like a situation like Lucky on GH and it just isn’t.… Read more »

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

It may not be the “company guy way” of conducting business, but I do agree with Thorsten’s viewpoints. 🙂

doug schultz
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doug schultz

I agree to an extent, but this IS a soap and, at least I don’t take it too seriously. The Two Todds story has been fun, dramatic and unpredictable. I’ve enjoyed it. I think it could only have been better with Susan Haskell staying on as Marty though. Her exit was strange to say the least, but again I was really surprised to see see Marty get off scott-free with her crimes. Haskell is such a great actress I hope they can bring her back as soon as the online version starts.

oltlFAN
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oltlFAN

Thorsten Kaye is an ass. He comes off on the creatives at OLTL like what the nymrods over AMC did was masterpiece theatre. Give me a break.

Thorsten should have CRAWLED on his knees back to One Life when they made the gesture. Thankfully, the ass that eats a soap, didn’t and went on to finish of All My Children.

Jim
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Jim

Susan Haskell’s departure from OLTL was one of the worst contrived, horribly conceived and poorly executed exits in soap history. She is a terrific actress that RC had no idea how to write for and he totally disrespected her by the way she was shown the door.

david
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david

I agree with Kaye. It has been painful to watch the rushed, thoughtless exits of so many significant characters, disrespectful alike to actors and viewers who have dedicated years to OLTL.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Mr. Kaye you have said what I have been saying total disrespect for TSJ and why should he stay they make a mockery out of 8 years of story. And the actors oh goody RH is back WHAT! Sorry TSJ is twice the actor but next time Mr. Kaye tell AMC to shove it also!!!

marz
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marz

And yet it didn’t bother TK that he played Ian Thornhart , Patrick’s never before mentioned twin brother on Port Charles and that Susan Haskell played his sister, who looked exactly like his brother Patrick’s wife. But that was ok, right. And not at all confusing.

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

He’s correct, of course, but the David Hayward Resurrection Show formerly known as AMC is just as ludicrous. The potential of having RH, TSJ, Susan Haskell & Thorsten on the same screen was horribly wasted and obviously undervalued by all but we viewers 🙁 Basically, ALL of these characters have been decimated, leaving a sole RH to rise from the ashes. If Prospect Park has any more miracles to present us with, a rethinking of this storyline would be greatly appreciated. Irene Manning indeed! Feh!–I SAW her die from cancer in the 70’s when I was 8 years old! LOL!

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

I am so glad that Thorsten stuck up for Susan/Marty! Marty’s exit was horrible (she spent the entire hour with the fake Todd), and then we get this non-sensical off-screen return of Patrick with a body double, and a really cheap shot of the real Todd right behind Marty just as she leaves. The character destruction over Marty in the 6 or so months leading up to her exit was despicable. Marty is one of OLTL’s most iconic and popular characters and did NOT deserve that, especially when most viewers see as a heroine, especially after her ’93 rape storyline.… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

For me Susan Haskell’s portrayal of Marty in the early years was bar none. Loved her….I did not watch the show after Susan and Thorsten’s departure in ’97. Life happened and I got busy…..as well Rogers’ Todd was not the same without Marty to play off….he destroyed her and in the process destroyed himself. I have since caught up with many of the episodes I have missed via YouTube. And rejoined watching the show in late January this year….I could never buy Trevor St.John as Todd although he is a very fine actor. But what really upset me was what… Read more »

Katherine
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Katherine

I’m sorry but I agree with Thosten Kaye 100% on both accounts. Marty’s exit was done is such a crap ass way. That story could have been handled so much better. OLTL had an amazing actress (Susan Haskell) on their hands and instead of using her to better the show and the storylines they just shoved her out the door. As for the 2 Todd story, I am just disgusted in how it played out. I’ve always been a Todd fan from the first day I started watching OLTL, at that time Roger Howarth was playing the part. I was… Read more »

jp
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jp

Susan is an amazing actress. I agree with Kaye. Her departure left the audience confused and wondering. Hopefully, PP will bring back Susan Haskell in the role and reedem her character. However, I totally disagree with his opinion about the two Todd Story. It has been incredible. The acting has been phenonomal. And the ratings reflect that.

David
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David

By not having TK appear, it left the story open for them both to resurrect. But since he admits he is not a team player, I doubt he would return to OLTL. Surprised he returned to AMC but all those dead folks returning are implausible storylines. Susan’s character was written into a corner and the producers/writers preferred to go with the FORD brothers. There were ways to let her character shine but the powers to be preferrred to push her out like so many good character on the show such as Marcie and A/Michaell, not to mention the newly minted… Read more »

Loraem
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Loraem

I greatly applaud Thorsten’s courage to speak out and the self evident deep artistic principles he possesses. ABC-OLTL showed a complete lack of character, respect and the loyalty that was due to the fabulous actor Trevor St. John who gave them so many years of extremely good and often times Magnificent performances. It was not necessary, at this time, to resurrect the actor, Roger Howarth, who initially created the role but, absent for 8Years. This is the time at the end of the Llandview story to bring wonderful dramatic climax for all characters, as we the fans have known these… Read more »

boes
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boes

I think he’s giving a slightly pompous take. Having TSJ’s Todd be an imposter is, IMO, perfectly in line with soap stories. My only problem with it is that I would have liked TSJ to have stayed on as well as RH. If TK reflected on some of his storylines on AMC – Red Rock, anyone?, and the current back from the dead en masse storyline – the 2 Todds is no more out there than they are. He’s right about Mary’s exit. To turn her into a deranged serial killer was just messed up. It’s such a shame for… Read more »

Jena
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Jena

uhh Thorstin just came BACK to AMC cause EVERYONE wanted him everyome loves thorstin

boes
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boes

Judging by the comments here and at other boards, it’s pretty obvious that everyone doesn’t love Thorsten. And by the comments posted here and elsewhere, not everyone loves Zach Slater either.

To each his own. I think TK did an okay job with the writing he was handed for the Zach Slater character – and the writers at AMC didn’t do that character (or any others) any favors over the years.

But he’s only an expert in his own mind.

Waltina
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Waltina

If you think Thorsten is a legend in his own mind, what do you think of Roger. You think he is the second coming of the best actor on soaps. This was an actor who didn’t have a job and then Frons and OLTL decided to stab Trevor in the back. But remember what goes around comes around. Maybe some fans who cheered what they did, this could happen to you own your job. Throwing Trevor out the door was the reason I stopped watching when when it was announced Roger was coming back, Trevor saw the writing on the… Read more »

spearmint
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spearmint

they didnt ask me if i wanted him back…so not all the fans wanted him back. as for marty’s departure, she could have quit any time, i am sure she knew the track OLTL was taking, she signed on the dotted line and agreed. Blame her not the writers. As for the recasting,,,,it happens in the acting word, look what they did to charlie sheen….LMAO

aria
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aria

i agree w/ kaye i mean oltl is a fun show to watch, but on the other side of it, its kind of very cartoonish, and messy, its like its written by high school kids, i’m really afraid that when its head writer heads over to GH , HE’S going to turn the show into a bad mess. hopefully garin will stay in control .

SC
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SC

I’m really and truly not feeling some of Thorsten’s comments. I don’t feel even remotely insulted by the Todd and Victor storyline. I felt infinitely more insulted when they expected me to believe that out of character guy was Todd Manning.

I do agree that Marty’s exit story was effed up. Susan and Marty deserved better. Actually, Susan and Marty deserved to stay. 😀

fran songhurst
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fran songhurst

who does he think he is amc is all over the place with there storylines how could thorston kaye say it does not make sense with what oltl is doing the two todd’s story was a great it was written wonderfully and shame on him for putting down a show who gave him his start in the first place. in my opion it does not make sesnse to bring dead people back to life after people witnessed there demise how sensible is that.

Natalie
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Natalie

Whateva Thorsten! He always comes off as such a jerk. I don’t know how Susan tolerates him. LOVE Roger and soaps do this all the time! What a moron.

Jena
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Jena

LOL at Natalie I guss your just a Roger fan who could give a Shit about what OLTL did ti Trever

Natalie
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Natalie

Actually this has to do w/ Thorsten and his “take” on things. It really has nothing to do w/ Trevor. But, yes, I’m a Roger fan. 🙂

Natalie
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Natalie

I forgot to say I saw Thorsten’s reaction when Susan won the emmy. That’s when he lost me as a fan. It was just plain rude (and odd).

Jena
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Jena

ok I need to go to youtube for that.. what year?

Jena
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Jena

ommm whats rude about it I saw nothing wrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBSrHVIwFjU

Skyla
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Skyla

I didn’t see anything rude or odd wither… she kissed him, he squeezed her hand, & clapped with a happy smile after her speech.

Skyla
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Skyla

*either

Jena
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Jena

… well maby she is just mad that Thorstin is hotter and sexier then Roger oh well .. actully Trever is hotter and sexeir then roger!

Blake
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Blake

Marty was written horribly, having the romance with “Todd” and then as a killer, she deserved better than this.
And I feel bad for the guy playing Todd for 8 years, it’s like “don’t need you anymore” like they do with a lot of people (Dorian!) and then kill him off! I’m glad Roger is back as Todd, but the show shouldn’t have done this to Trevor.

Sunny
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Sunny

While I agree that Marty’s exit was seriously flawed, the destruction of Marty Saybrook stated way before she left. Maybe TK forgot that Susan herself replaced another actress as Marty this time around…an actress who finally started to make the role her own and had great chemistry with John McBain/Michael Easton (and let’s face it, he does not have much chemistry with most women he gets partnered with!!) but they replaced her with the “real” Marty. So where does he get off trashing the return of RH? Both actors would have been on the show together if TSJ hadn’t already… Read more »

Willie T
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Willie T

Sorry but the David ressurrection is a billion times better than the moronic insulting tale of two Todd’s. His character on AMC was quite popular and magically and had a huge fanbase. On OLTL he played a babykilling terrorist. I will say this that the talent of TSJ and RH rose about the stupidity of that story but it is far worst a story and disrespectful to the viewers IMO much moreso than the massive return from the dead. I mean an 8 year imposter how ridiculous. I know some people are so glad RH is back they are willingt… Read more »

vicious
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vicious

We saw Dixie in heaven, now she’s walking around PV. That’s not insulting to the viewers? Todd getting plastic surgery to look like Walker Lawrence was insulting to me & i never believed for a second Trevor was playing Todd. NEVER. This story was needed to explain all the OOC things “Todd” was doing the last 8 yrs. Trevor could have played HIS OWN CHARACTER. One HE created, instead he split. That’s not RH’s fault & the only reason TK has a problem with any of it is because he was being used to bring back Roger. He’s standing up… Read more »

Willie T
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Willie T

True but those above things are well establish lore for soaps when you watch you sign on for people returning from the dead. As for seeing her in heaven did we really or did we see Adam’s mind playing tricks on him because he was guilty over his sins. Was uncle Palmer really seeing Dixie in heaven or was god simply generous in granting him the one thing he said he wanted mroe than anything. As to OLTL again established lore for the gendre people get their faces changed to look like other people all the time. Aslo. regardless to… Read more »

Willie T
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Willie T

That is why I LOVE TK. He told the trutth!!! That idiot Ron Caravali slapped SH in the face on her way out and slapped TSJ in the face on the way out and spit in the audience’s face with an 8 year imposter story. How this guy still has a job is amazing. Oh that’s right Brian Frons was tanking the show on purpose!! So glad that Thorsten Kaye spoke and the irony is that he never worked with TSJ but obviously either appreciated his work or thinks it is a mistake to slap your audience in the face.… Read more »

boes
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boes

In between slapping Susan Haskell in the face, then slapping Trevor St. John in the face, and spitting at the audience, poor Ron Carlivati barely has time to write. But write he does, and does it superlatively. OLTL’s ratings have been increasing every week – that’s not exactly an indication that the show stinks now, is it? OLTL undoubtedly has been helped by having a writer who clearly loves the show and who KNOWS it, whereas AMC has had to suffer through one bad writer after another, and the continual interference of Frons and Co. TK is no saint and… Read more »

Willie T
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Willie T

I can’t agree his character was only on a few months maybe a year or two at most. He was never woven into that show why would he think that he would go back their. i think he was defended his wife. Nothing more nothing less. Do I think he is more valuable than RH on OLTL no but I’d take ZAch on AMC over RH on OLTL any day of the week and twice on the weekends. But I just was never that into Todd not that I don’t appreciate RH. He just wore me out. I don’t think… Read more »

Skyla
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Skyla

I love Thorsten Kaye and I feel he is absolutely right about everything. They did Susan Haskell wrong and they way they wrote out Marty after so many years was ridiculous. And I’m not a fan of the way the did Trevor St. John either. He was a consummate professional and is an incredible actor who always supported the show but they tossed him aside for Roger Howarth, a man who left them high & dry because he didn’t want his character to be redeemed and refused to have love scenes with any actress but Kassie DePaiva because he thought… Read more »

dg
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dg

Great comments. I supported Roger’s decision to leave One Life after they decided to redeem Todd. The redemption of rapist has been done too much on daytime. And his gang rape story was critically acclaimed and did much to shine the spotlight on the darkness of sexual violence. But I completely concur with you that the One Life brass threw Trevor St John and Susan Haskell under the bus primarily for ratings sake. They showed both actor’s no respect and gave Roger the moon and the stars. I never accepted Trevor in the role of Todd, but that’s besides the… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

As if AMC’s raising everyone from the dead story is so realistic

vicious
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vicious

Real Todd is back & look at those ratings for such a stupid insulting story..lol While AMC is barely cutting it with their intelligent story that doesn’t insult the viewers. Love the spin.

Willie T
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Willie T

OLTL’s ratings went up the week before the cancelation and have stayed up. As bad as the story is I will give full credit to RH and TSJ easily the two best actors in daytime ability to sell it but they rating did in fact drop a hundred thousand after the big gag and puke reveal of the 8 year invalidation.

Fay
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Fay

Agreed… Why Tk is a great actor.. we now have excepted him as Zach..I think it would have been fair to give Susan (Marty) a better ending … And for both Tea and Blair to have a happy ending. with both Victor and Todd… that being said .. Glad that Roger is back and sad that Trevor was killed off like that…. and the writer has certainly made One Life to Live a show one does not want to miss

Waltina
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Waltina

The show was going to be cancelled with my man Trevor on the show. Now you fans of Roger he’s back and the show is stilling being cancelled. You mentioned about the great rating the show is getting, again it wasn’t enough to keep OLTL on ABC. So your wonderful rating means nothing.

Fay
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Fay

It’s one thing to Bring back Roger… and its great him being back..The twin thing is not even a bad idea.. it gets to see 2 great actors at work… the downside is killing off Trevor…He deserved better… the fans loved and excepted him as Todd… he did a wonderful Job for 8 years…We would have excepted and loved him as Victor as well.. while enjoy Roger being back ..Trevor and Roger both did a great job as being Todd.. and it sucks the Trevor after all his hard work . and dedication .. was so disregarded. there is so… Read more »

dg
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dg

There are a legion of fans who did not accept Trevor as Todd. I am one of them. His recast is one of the main reasons I quit One Life to Live. Roger was ground breaking and irreplaceable. Trevor is a great actor but so many of us could not accept him in the Todd role. And Cartini made is much worse when they wrote that horrible amnesia plot for marty that had her having sex with the man who instigated her gang rape! And people call Ron Carlavati a great writer after staging that mess? Come on! Roger himself… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

THANK YOU THORSTEN! He is now my new hero!

This was what I was DYING for someone to say for so long! OLTL is idiotic. I don’t understand find this all “gripping and compelling”, it wasn’t even thought out properly. It was basically all to please the “great” Roger Howarth, even though Trevor St. John did most of the work in this whole thing.

I wasn’t even a Marty fan but her exit was stupid and definitely not warranted.

dg
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dg

Cool comments. I find it scary how one life fans worships Cartini ( Ron Carlavati and Frank Valentini). They are complete hacks who turned a once ground breaking daytime drama into a cartoon! The 2 Todd story was one of the stupidest things Ive seen since Casey the Alien on GH in the 90s, lol. I find it so disappointing that millions of fans just sit by the idiot box ( thats what my teacher called TV back in high school) and allow soap writers to fry their brains. They fully accept whatever implausible nonsense comes on their screen and… Read more »

Dianne
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Dianne

I couldn’t agree more with Thorsten’s assessment, though I think it could be a blanket idictment on the state of soaps in general these days. Characters acting out of character and recasts not comporting with the character’s past history are just some others I think are wrong with soaps today. Susan Haskell’s exit from OLTL is what is wrong with soaps. To take a character like Marty and reduce her to pablum is disgusting and dehumanizing to women on daytime television. Making them out to be appendages of their men, not as solid beings in their own right. One only… Read more »

imasoapfan
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imasoapfan

I fully disagree with Thorsten Kaye’s sentiments. The Two Todd’s storyline was very well-played and worthwhile. The only disappointment is that it didn’t last longer and TSJ isn’t still in the picture. The Two Todd’s storyline, set-up, and potential was fantastic; however, Victor’s murder was lame. Regarding Matry: Marty’s character was always a useless mess. She was first a victimizer full of hate speech against Billy and was cruel to Andrew, Megan, Viki, etc. Then Marty was a rape victim in a story that seemed geared to garner her unsympathetic character some sympathy. Then she became a poet’s muse in… Read more »

imasoapfan
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imasoapfan

Wish I could edit my Matry’s to Marty’s. lol.

foley
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foley

Nothing has been right with ABC daytime since Disney corporation took over several years ago. Only the bottom line matters. There is little to no regard for the show the actors and certainly not the fans of daytime dramas. And the cheaply produced programming that is schdueled to replace these daytime dramas it’s just criminal.

Jan
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Jan

He hit the mark, two todd’s. bogus.
Oh by the way thanks for the mention of Patricks name by John.
Susan just thrown away, just adding insult to injury.
By the way OLTL bring Brandon back..
Granted Buddy left, so what, he has more acting power then Nic has with Kirsten all over the screen.

Kate
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Kate

They made Marty look like a psycho and at times it was hard to watch on television. I agree 100% about the two Todds storyline. I can NOT believe they let Trevor St. John go in the way they did. It was a big mistake. There was a lot more story to tell. I can only hope that maybe somehow in true soap fashion he isnt dead and we will see him online when OLTL goes there. Thank you Thorsten for saying what fans have been saying all along!

Waltina
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Waltina

I believe most fans don’t understand the day that it was announced that Roger Howarth was coming back spelled doom for Trevor. They had no intentions of keeping him on the show, they had the savior of the world of soaps coming back. And I’m so sick and tired of Roger fans saying it was Trevors fault, he wanted to leave then at the last moment changed his mind. Why would he come back to a show where he was disrespected by the PTB, not was cast member spoke up for him, fans showing they only cared about him if… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

I enjoyed the two Todds storyline….however it was far too brief.The big reveal that they were in fact twin brothers.
And the trashing of Marty and firing of Susan….she should have been around for Rogers’ return.
They could have had Dr.Buhari mixed up with this rogue agency and had her spiking Marty’s meds to make her do crazy things and make her paranoid.
Then her character could be redeemed.
Could you just imagine her reaction to two Todds.
And the realization that she didn’t sleep with the man who had raped her.
Too much good opportunity wasted….and the talents of two great actors wasted.

dg
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dg

I completely agree with Thorsten and i applaud him for speaking out. The tale of 2 Todds was completely convoluted and just plain stupid. I came back to One Life to see Roger Howarth again but the story made me cringe. It was a prime example of how I say that Cartini dumbs down the soap genre. Irene Manning running a CIA organization holding Todd hostage, give me a break. Im surprised she didnt show up alive after Todd shot her. The entire story was lame. And the way they completely ruined Marty’s character was ridiculous. Like i always say… Read more »

dg
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dg

Thank you Stephen for summing up Cartini in a nutshell. They are all about sensationalism at the cost of substance and respect for the actors and the intellect of the viewers! They do sensational thing after sensational thing. But they never stop to think..wait a minute, could this really happen? Or is this true to the characters and the history of the show? Is this intelligent? lol. From what Ive seen of their work on GH they havent changed. And I really hate their take on GH. But what I hate more is that in today’s generation, the viewers themselves… Read more »

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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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