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B&B's Susan Flannery chats about 6,000th episode & the cancer story!

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s, four-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress, Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester) spoke with TV Guide for an exclusive preview of next week’s 6,000th episode of the CBS series.   The soap decided to mark the milestone by having Stephanie a stage four lung cancer survivor stage an intervention with the help of other cancer survivors, including Desperate Housewives Kathryn Joosten, to help Nick Marone played by Jack Wagner, deal with his cigar smoking addiction!   Flannery, herself a cancer survivor discusses the opportunity her role has given her to bring medical and social issue to light!   Here are a few exceprts!

Flannery on if she had any trepidation tackling stage four lung cancer on-screen as Stephanie: “Brad first called me about it last summer. He’d originally thought of giving Stephanie colon cancer — which is the kind of cancer I was diagnosed with — and he wanted to make sure I wouldn’t take offense or have a problem with it, which was very sweet of him. I said, “Whatever you want to do is fine with me.” But then I think he did further investigating and decided to make it stage 4 lung cancer after learning there might be a way one could survive something like that. Of course, he then threw in the brain tumors…so who knows?  I don’t know if Brad will kill Stephanie off or if she’s going back under the knife — I never ask him about story. It’s my belief that actors should stay the hell out of that. But wherever this is going, I know I’m in good hands.”

Flannery on her thoughts of having her alter-ego  Stephanie talk to real-life survivors as well as her discussion with the homeless in past episodes: “Yeah, I guess it all came out okay. I was concerned about repeating that with the 6,000th because we have real cancer survivors interacting with fictional characters. Kathryn Joosten and Zheng Cao, who has a stunning voice and sings with the San Francisco Opera Company, are wonderful women and really got into it. I think their scenes are going to be very effective. But we also had cancer survivors [who are non-performers] interacting with us. They had very moving stories but I’m not sure they made the connection as well. We’ll see. That’s the beauty of editing, isn’t it? The whole thing is very brave and innovative, a very interesting experiment. I think Brad might be riding a wave toward a new way of making soap operas, with reality being interjected into scripted drama. And of course it’s good to get out the word that smoking is bad. [Laughs]”

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kay killgore
kay killgore

I am sorry but I find this whole storyline an infomercial for the “ruling class”. I am not a smoker but we don’t need someone preaching to us on a soap opera. Soap Operas are Fantasy! Just give me a good old romance!

Barbara Crook
Barbara Crook

I hadn’t tuned in for a while, although i knew about the plot line with Stephanie nagging Nick to quit, and that the character of Stephanie has been imparting a lot of information to viewers. Just now watching the episode with the real survivors — this is fantastic! Hearing the emergency room doctor talk about having to tell his kids he had lung cancer was very moving. And the message that non-smokers can get lung cancer is REALLY important. So many young people watch soaps these days, and they are SO influenced by what they see on TV, so it’s great to see a serious issue tackled so creatively. Bravo!

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NATPE Reports Daytime Talkers On The Rise Thanks To Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Syndication Hits; More On The Way

Talk shows are back on daytime television in what looks like a vengeance in syndication.  After several years of failed talkers that did not garner the ratings or fell creatively flat, with the success of the Kelly Clarkson Show and Tamron Hall that both launched last fall, there is plenty more on the horizon.

The annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) conference kicks off today in Miami and the organization reports that while ratings are not what they used to be for daytime talk shows the strength of Clarkson and Hall’s series have restored confidence in the business model.

According to Deadline, “Newcomers like Drew Barrymore and Nick Cannon are leading a new wave of hopefuls, giving a new shot of energy to NATPE.”  This following the failed talkers from Harry Connick Jr. Arsenio Hall and Katie Couric.

In addition to other offerings, there is also Debmar-Mercury and Will Packer’s Central Avenue, a pop-culture series that will debut this fall on Fox stations.

At the conference, negotiating timeslots and clearances will be a major focus for many NATPE regulars.

Steve LoCasio, chief operating and financial officer of the CBS Global Distribution Group said of Drew Barrymore’s talk show: “She really wants to do this. She has a message she wants to get out there.” But while the format of Barrymore’s show has not been firmed up, the test versions had conversations, serious topics, cooking segments and interviews with children and celebrities.

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So, what do you think of the burgeoning arena of talk shows returning to daytime?  Do you like any of the ones currently on the air? Does a talker from Barrymore or Cannon interest you? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Nicolas Bechtel On His Return To GH: “I’m Back and I Am Still Spencer”

Look for Spencer Cassadine to finally return to the canvas of General Hospital!  Next week, Nicolas Bechtel reprises his fan favorite role as Nikolas’ son!

What will happen when Spencer learns that the father he grieved for over three years is alive and well?

Meanwhile, Bechtel took to Twitter to confirm his return to the ABC daytime drama series expressing: “Well…it’s out of the bag. It was so hard not to reply to all of you. I’m back and I am still Spencer. I can’t wait for next week. Thank you SO much to everyone who supported me. I love being a part of this phenomenal show #gh”

Viewers are looking forward to scenes between Bechtel and Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Genie Francis (Laura) and James Patrick Stuart (Valentin). Will those all come to pass? Stay tuned.

So, happy to know Bechtel is back as the mischievous Spencer C.? Comment below.

 

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Real Andrews Returns As Marcus Taggert On General Hospital

Well, well, well! Looks who’s back in Port Charles!  A major surprise occurred during Thursday’s “Next-On-General Hospital” teasers when viewers saw Sonny’s former nemesis Marcus Taggert, and Sonny himself, in a clip from a scene.

Turns out that today on Friday, January 17th look for the return of Real Andrews to his role as Taggert!  Andrews took to his Twitter and Instagram account to confirm the casting news.

Maurice Benard tweeted: He’s Back!!! Bigger and better than ever. On General Hospital. You don’t want to miss it.”

While, Andrews tweeted: “It is going to be a great ride.”

Real played the role of Marcus from 1996-1997 and then again from 1998-2003.   He was last seen on the soaps on Days of our Lives back in 2016 and 2017.

In real life, Benard and Andrews are good friends.

Now the question is, could Taggert’s re-emergence tie in to the new case that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is working on, and somehow the return of Nikolas Cassadine to the canvas?  Years ago, Taggert’s sister, Gia was involved with the dark prince, leaving fans speculating that perhaps Nik and Gia had a daughter, who could turn out to be Trina played by Sydney Mikayla.  Hmmm.

So, give a big “welcome back” to Real as Taggert hits the screen today on GH via the comment section below.

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