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Award-Winning Playwright and Y&R Alum, Terrence McNally Dies Due To Complications From Coronavirus

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Very sad news to report this afternoon, as the Coronavirus has claimed another victim.  This time, it was the amazingly talented playwright, Terrence McNally who passed away at the age of 81.  McNally was also a lung cancer survivor who suffered from chronic COPD.  Terrence died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida on Tuesday.

Some of his best-known plays included: Master Class, Ragtime, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and And Things That Go Bump in the Nigh, Anastasia and Mothers and Sons.  In addition to his contributions to the long-running PBS series, American Playhouse. 

McNally received numerous awards including: Tony Awards, plus a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, The Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.  A documentary about the playwright, Every Act of Life, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (and subsequently aired on PBS’ American Masters).

In addition, the playwrights first acting gig was that of a year-long role on The Young and the Restless that of the abusive dentist husband of April Stevens, Dr. Robert Lynch.  McNally played the role from 1993-1994.   Throughout his career, Terrence also took on roles on TV series including: The Greatest American HeroCHiPs, and The Rousters

Terrence’s longtime partner was Tom Kirdahy, a Broadway producer and a former civil rights attorney for not-for-profit AIDS organizations. The couple had a civil union ceremony in Vermont on December 20, 2003, and later married in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2010. They renewed their vows on June 26, 2015 in New York after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

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I so sorry to hear this sad news. May he rest in peace.

Jimh
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more tragic news-he does look familiar-sad…i feel bad for all especially that family with 7 stricken and four of them have died..the elderly matriarch, her two sons and daughter…and those foolish young on the beach in Florida acting like they are immune..now a 25 year old in serious condition, and many young in New York the majority having the virus…who would want to risk getting that ill and possibly spreading it to their family…and that stupid actress Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical…talking like a drug addict and acting like ‘who cares’…i have nothing to do with her and will never support anything she does…so she apologized-of course after she was shown proving what an idiot she truly is…funny some forgive her but not Roseanne Barr who got fired over a stupid name calling but this is ten times worse with her insensitive remarks with thousands ill and so many deaths and with the numbers climbing!!!

anne
anne

Terrence McNally will be missed! I do not care what Roseanne Barr thinks or has to say on any subject. I do not consider any of her opinions to be of any importance.

Celia
Celia

That was not the point Jimh was making.
The point is that Vanessa made this deadly disease a triviality, while insignificant words or situations are blown out of proportion where one would lose his/her job—-huge difference. One’s hate or sarcasm should not be displayed as some insufferable and insensitive comments are made by the oh-so-radical-ignoranrt media and “elites”, who use a tragedy as a platform for their selfish agenda.
May Terrence find solace in heaven!!
Be safe, everyone. God bless!!

Jimh
Jimh

Well said…

Celia
Celia

I’m with you, Jimmy—-you’re a good guy—-
Stay well and safe, with your family. We will beat this together.❤️

Jimh
Jimh

Same to you and your family…i have some medical problems(pain/discomfort) and was scheduled for an ultra sound but due to pandemic i have to cancel as our hospital doesnt want to be overwhelmed which is understandable…me and my oldest sister are at high risk…meanwhile i regret getting angry at those kids who TP’d my home one Halloween several years ago…i dont mind if they return…any brand is fine-lol

Celia
Celia

I know, Jimmy—-the medically challenged are at risk—-young or old. It’s tough—I thank the Lord all four of my grandparents only have minor aging issues—nothing compromising.
We also worry about anyone in the medical field who risks his/her life to administer care to the afflicted. It’s my biggest fear.
Again, stay well and safe.❤️

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

So will you be tuning-in to this former GL tradition now being brought to you virtually? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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