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B&B's Brad Bell reveals his stunning Oct 28th & 29th Skid Row Homeless story!

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Brad Bell has been on fire for the last three soap seasons, winning two Daytime Emmy consecutively for Outstanding Drama Series, and in episodes that aired last week, and now two more being heavily promoted as must-see B&B and daytime TV, Bell looks to be headed for another banner Emmy year.  As Susan Flannery’s, Stephanie Forrester battles with stage four cancer escalates, so does the show’s focus on the homeless of Los Angeles and the real life struggles of this part of society left behind and sometimes frowned upon.

Brad Bell hopes with these upcoming very personal episodes from Skid Row and the Union Rescue Mission on October 28th and 29th starring Flannery and the homeless, that people will get a real sense of this slice of life.   Here are a few excepts from his new interview out today with TV Guide!

Bell on Susan Flannery going basically unscripted into these poignant episodes: “Susan said, “I don’t have much of a script here.” And I said, “That’s because there isn’t much of a script. You and I are going to take a skeleton crew and go downtown — I’ll be right there with you — and we’re going to ask questions and put the camera on the homeless to find out who they are. We are going to give them a voice.” And Susan was a natural. She was Oprah in a minute! And that turned out to be the day the temperature in downtown L.A. hit 113 degrees! These episodes are half B&B, half reality. For the October 28 show, we went to Gladys Park, in the heart of Skid Row, and talked with many of the people there. Most of them have been in prison, addicted to drugs, but are on the road to recovery — at least we hope. Then on October 29 we go inside the Union Rescue Mission and meet some of the homeless families. The mission has taken them in, feeding them, giving them a room. This is unlike anything we’ve ever seen on our show and that’s hard to do after 23 years on the air.”

Bell on what is the true prognosis of Stephanie Forrester’s battle with cancer: “She’s going to be in a precarious spot for quite some time. At least until we renegotiate Susan’s contract. Stephanie’s attitude is, if she dies, she dies. But while she’s living she’s going to try to make the world a better place. She does not want those sad looks, she does not want to hear that tone in people’s voices, she doesn’t want people reaching out and helping her — she doesn’t want any of that. Because, even with cancer, she’ll flatten anyone who tries! There will also be some interesting stuff with Taylor [Hunter Tylo]. Stephanie has now bonded with Brooke [Katherine Kelly Lang], having shared something so intimate and incredible with this journey of the cancer, and Stephanie has said that she loves Brooke. Taylor has always perceived herself as Stephanie’s best friend. Will that last? Could Taylor be left behind as Brooke becomes even closer to Stephanie? There are some interesting possibilities there. But some things will never change, like that recent scene where Brooke said, “I love you, Stephanie.” And Stephanie said, “You’re still a slut from the Valley.” What a supercouple I have with those two”

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Kim Zimmer Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Last night the stars of daytime came together for a one-of-a-kind three hour-plus virtual event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit For Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story.

Towards the top of the show Daytime Stands Up co-hosts Michael Fairman and Alan Locher welcomed former Guiding Light stars, Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian).

During their segment both actresses initially discussed playing breast cancer storylines for their character on the beloved soap opera and the impact it made on them and the viewers at the time. However, later in the conversation, Kim made a heartfelt admission that she is currently battling breast cancer in real life.

 

Kim expressed, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6th. And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband AC Weary, and my family Rachel Max and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection (was possible).

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer added. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got. It’s so important that you find a support system.”

On how she is coping with her battle, Kim shared, “I’m a tough broad. But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection. Early detection. Early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

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Earlier in the segment, when Kim talked about Reva’s breast cancer battle and how her character would not tell the love her life, Josh Lewis (Robert Newman), which maddened fans of the GL. Kim related, “The fans were like, ‘Why are you not telling Josh?” It made for great drama, though, It bonded Billy and Reva again in life.  We brought in the wonderful character of Colin, who was Reva’s by the book, cancer Doctor.”

“There were a lot of wonderful things that came out of the storyline,” recalled the four-time Daytime Emmy-winner. “I actually went back and watched the (standalone show) that they did on Reva finding out she had breast cancer. And I was like, ‘Wow. I can’t imagine not fighting that story today. But it ended up being written beautifully.”

Share your well-wishes to Kim on her recent medical battle with breast cancer below and check out the livestream below of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer.

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The Young and the Restless Eileen Davidson to Chat Live on Ashley’s Alters Storyline

Fans of CBS daytime’s The Young and the Restless have been watching Ashley Abbott’s (Eileen Davidson) psyche split into multiple personalities. The trouble all started months ago over an argument with Tucker (Trevor St. John) and a flashback to a tragic car accident years ago.

Now Ashley is not herself.  She at times is either Ash, Ms. Abbott or the flamboyant Belle. Although her friend and psychiatrist from Paris, Alan Laurent (Christopher Cousins) has come to Genoa City at the urging of the Abbott family, he has been taking his time assessing Ashley and her behavior.

Looks like Ashley’s alter may be hell-bent on murdering Tucker during her mental anguish as the storyline takes even more twists and turns in upcoming episodes ahead.

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Coming up, next week on May 21st beginning at 2pm ET/11am PT, Eileen Davidson will chat live with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel and discuss taking on this storyline in a storied career which has already see Eileen take home two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on both Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

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Let us know what you think of Eileen’s performances thus far and what you think the next wrinkle in Ashley’s alters storyline will be via the comment section below.  And make sure to be with us on May 21!

 

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Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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