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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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General Hospital Casts ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Alum Janet Hubert As Mike’s New Love Interest

Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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AW and Y&R Alum Alicia Coppola To Recur On ‘Empire’

More exciting roles coming the way of Alicia Coppola! Casting news out today has that the former soap alum of both Another World (Ex-Lorna) and more recently, The Young and the Restless (Ex-Meredith) has landed a recurring role on Empire.

According to Deadline: “Coppola will play a smart, flamboyant attorney investigating Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and international money launderer Damon Cross (Wood Harris).  She’ll do almost anything for big target convictions because she believes they’ll take her to the Governor’s mansion and then the White House.”

In an Instagram post on Friday, Alicia posted: “What a way to start the Holidays, end 2018 and begin a wonderful 2019! Thank you is all I can say. To say I am Grateful is an understatement. @empirefox here I come!” Recently, Coppola also recurred on NCIS: Los Angeles.

On Thursday night’s Soap Nation Live radio broadcast, Linda Dano, who played Alicia’s on-screen mother on Another World, Felicia Gallant, had complimented Alicia during her guest segment, and she still keeps in touch with her.  You can listen to that here.

So, will you be checking out Alicia on Fox’s Empire?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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