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Becoming Bold & Beautiful! New Book Gives Rare & Revealing Look At The World's Most Popular Soap!

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Each weekday, over 35 million people in more than 100 countries tune in to find out the latest intrigue entangling the Forrester, Logan, and Spencer families in the high-stakes fashion world.  And now the popular daytime drama gives devoted fans rare and revealing behind-the-scenes access in publishing Becoming Bold & Beautiful: 25 Years of Making the World’s Most Popular Daytime Soap Opera.  It will be available for sale beginning November 13, 2012 wherever books are sold. Or, you can purchase you copy now by going to Amazon.com!

Here’s what you can find inside: Travel back in time to the inception of the series in 1987 through the present day with more than 200 photographs featuring cast and crew on Stage 31 of CBS Television City in Los Angeles, and on location in Malibu, Cabo San Lucas, and Aspen.  See how the series creators, the Bell family, mirror the fictional Forrester family.  Plus, CGI images used to create Brooke and Thomas’s berry-induced hallucination on a South Pacific island, and how holiday scenes are created at the Forrester’s sumptuous Beverly Hills home. Follow the show as it revisits Los Angeles’s Skid Row to pick up a story line that highlights the issue of homelessness. Celebrate actress Darlene Conley’s portrayal of Sally Spectra for nearly 20 years.

Becoming Bold & Beautiful features a Foreword by Susan Flannery, John McCook, Ronn Moss, Katherine Kelly Lang, Introduction by Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley Bell, Photos by Elizabeth Annas, Monty Brinton, Ray Christian, Scott Downie, Jeffrey Fiterman, Griff Griffin, Cliff Lipson, Jon McKee, Danya Morrison, Geraldine Overton, John Paschal, Harold Smith, Sean Smith, Art Streiber and John Za, Text and Photo Editing by David Gregg,  Creative Direction by Adrian Avilés, Cover 25th Anniversary Cast Photo by Art Streiber.

And if you are in the Southern California area next Tuesday, November 13, you  can join Brad Bell, Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, Don Diamont, Scott Clifton and Kim Matula who will be signing copies at the launch of B&B’s newest book, Becoming Bold & Beautiful.  The event will be held at Barnes and Noble at The Grove, Los Angeles, located at 189 Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA  90036.  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Will you be picking up your copy of Becoming Bold & Beautiful? Let us know!

 

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I am sure this book will be on many fan’s Christmas wish list. Congrats to B&B for making it to 25 years. Many soap operas have come and gone during this time, so they must be doing something right. I think staying with the 30 minute format instead of expanding to 60 has been the show’s saving grace. I don’t know if the show will last another 25, but in today’s world getting to this point in television is quite the achievement, so it deserves credit for that.

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I have never ever understood or gotten the appeal of this show. It’s constant near incestuous entanglements are just stupid and gross…the show is set in Los Angeles…and the only romantic interests these people can find are their own family members? And the two leads Katherine Kelly Lang and Ronn Moss…no offense…but their acting “skills” leave much to be desired. This show has cast some of the best talent…and squandered it away…having NO idea how to write story or integrate characters…Sarah Brown, Antonio Sabato Jr., Lesli Kay, Zack Conroy, and those are just a few. They hire these big name… Read more »

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I’ve been “watching” this show for just a few months…only because I can record then FF through most of it. There are only a few stories I sort of enjoy, but they don’t involve anything Hope/Liam/Steffy/Thomas/Caroline/Rick. I absolutely do not watch any of their scenes.

I’ll probably stop watching the show all together once Susan Flannery is gone.

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I would like to see more of Thorne and Felicia as well. It’s a shame we’ve been inundated with Liam-Hope-Steffy.

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OMG, LOL for someone who doesn’t understand or get the appeal of this show, you seemed to know a lot about it, which means you have watched it, so my question is why did you bother if you dislike it so much? And if you stopped watching then why do you care what they do or don’t do on this show? Obviously you sound more like a me, a fan who was let down time and time again, you know the appeal the show had, but they dropped the ball a number of times that it is hard not to… Read more »

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Um, the last time I checked…this was a public forum where we can express our thoughts and feelings. I don’t get the appeal of the show and thats my opinion. I can not watch it and dislike it or watch it and not like it that is my prerogative. I feel I clearly expressed why I do not get it…the constant merry go round of near incest…the lack of storyline…the under utilization of talent. I never said the show was beneath me. That’s an awfully big leap from what I actually typed.

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Ashlee, I am sorry if I offended you that was not my intent. This is a public forum and being able to express opinions honestly is what these post are for. Unfortunately, the written word cannot convey tone. I was amused by your post because of the contradiction between your dislike for the show and your passion for it, and I was attempting to point that out in lighthearted manner, but it must have come across mean spirited. Upon reflection I admit my wording choices could have been better, but the way I read your post, again words don’t convey… Read more »

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What a nice reply!! Thanks Mary!! You’re a cool chick! :).

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Ashlee- I forgot to add although this is a public forum to express our views, there are reply buttons, so one must expect replies from those who disagree with us, or want to challenge our opinions. I pick this forum because it is one of the few on the internet I found that most posters are very respectful even in their disagreements. Yesterday, I was trying to challenge you to see the humor in saying you don’t understand why people could be a fan of this show, when you yourself are obviously a fan, a disgruntled one, but a fan… Read more »

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I will pick up a copy. Just wish I could do it in Southern Cal at the Grove on the 13th!

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I think Susan and John should have been on the cover with Ronn and KKL.

Look forward to this.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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