Terribly sad news to report this afternoon that is making its way around the web and the soap world. Legendary daytime drama executive producer, Paul Rauch has died apparently after an illness. Rauch’s resume perhaps tells this legends amazing career best with helming: Another World, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless, Santa Barbara and Texas!
Colleagues, actors, and fans, are responding with postings on facebook and Twitter throughout the day and into the evening on the loss of soap veteran Rauch.
General Hospital’s current executive producer, Frank Valentini, who was so close to Rauch, and who gave Valentini his start at OLTL tweeted: “My good friend and mentor, Paul Rauch, passed away today…very sad news. Paul Rauch dedicated his life to soap operas and made a mark like no other. He will be missed, but his legendary contribution will live on. ”
Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, GL) who worked with Rauch for many years throughout her daytime career posted on her facebook page: “Today I lost my dear friend and favorite boss ever, Paul Rauch! Paul settled for nothing less than perfection from all aspects of whatever show he was producing. I had the very good fortune of working with Paul on Santa Barbara and Guiding Light and I will always cherish the professional and personal relationship we shared. I both loved him and feared him! Something I aspire to everyday of my life! I love you Paul and want you to know how much you will be missed. RIP!”
Crystal Chappell also shared her sentiments via Twitter stating, “Paul Rauch was a dear man to me… he will be missed. Love and prayers to his family.”
Tristan Rogers also shared what Rauch meant to him when he tweeted: “I am sad to learn the passing of Paul Rausch. This man was singly responsible for me lasting on Y&R. He was a big presence in daytime. You think back on the people who you “owe” something too and Paul was one of those people. He revered the history of the genre.”
Jordi Vilasuso, who got his start on soaps on Guiding Light through Rauch tweeted: “RIP Paul Rauch. Gave me my first big break on Guiding Light and was a champion for his actors and the shows he produced. You will be missed!”
Maria Arena Bell, Rauch’s co-executive producing partner during his time on Y&R stated on her facebook page, “I considered Paul a great friend and he and Israela (Rauch’s wife) were at my wedding. Paul was from the old school of soaps and he really knew how to run a show and understood the value of the writer in the process. I loved working with him and I loved him dearly as a person and am heartsick to hear he has passed. I wish the best to Israela and their grown children and will really miss him.”
Current Y&R head writer, Josh Griffith posted: “The Soap World mourns the loss of one of our giants, Paul Rauch. R.I.P., my friend. Go produce the hell out of Heaven now.”
We will have more on this developing story throughout the day! Our prayers are with Rauch’s family at this time.
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The couple had confirmed their relationship this past May and recently attended the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards in September where they both were nominees; Cuoco for The Flight Attendant and Pelphrey for Ozark.
Tom and Kaley actually met back in April, and it has been noted in the press as ‘love at first sight’ when Cuoco attended the premiere of Ozark.
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Jerry verDorn Tribute on Tap During Virtual 18th Annual ‘Stars and Strikes’ Charity Event
September 20, 2022
Daytime lost one of its most beloved veteran actors in Jerry verDorn (ex-Ross, GL, ex-Clint, OLTL). The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star passed away earlier this year on May 1st from his battle with cancer.
In celebration and remembrance of his life and career, the 18th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes fundraiser which has always been a staple event helmed by verDorn and his former GL co-star Liz Keifer, is having a livestream special on You Tube’s The Locher Room on Sunday, October 9th starting at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST.
Participating will be former colleagues and cast members of Jerry’s from both Guiding Light and One Life to Live including: Kristen Alderson,Terrell Anthony, Grant Aleksander, Bryan Buffinton, Jean Carol, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Justin Deas, Mark Derwin, Frank Dicopoulos, Ricky Paull Goldin, Melissa Hayden, Rick Hearst, Crystal Hunt, Vincent Irizarry, Liz Keifer, Maeve Kinkead, Wendy Moniz, Robert Newman, Michael O’Leary, Denise Pence, Ron Raines, Sean Ringgold, Peter Simon, Erika Slezak, Tina Sloan, Krista Tesreau, Gina Tognoni, Bree Williamson, Laura Wright and Kim Zimmer.
75% of the proceeds from the event will go to The Autism Society of America and the remaining 25% of proceeds will go to the newly established Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund which will help send individuals with Autism to theater camps and other educational programs.
So, glad to hear that Jerry’s friends and former cast members will be gathering on a livestream to share their special remembrances of him while raising awareness and funds for a good cause? Comment below.
PRIMETIME EMMYS: Soap Alums Murray Bartlett and Amanda Seyfried Take Home Acting Honors
September 12, 2022
The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.
When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.
Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.
In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”
Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout. In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.
After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”
In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.
Other Emmy highlights included a moving and emotional speech from Lizzo after Amazon’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won the Emmy for Best Competition Program.
Lizzo shared: “I’m very emotional. The trophy is nice, but my emotion is for these people who are on the stage with me. The stories that they shared, they’re not that unique. They just don’t get the platform. Telling stories, let’s just tell more stories. When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media, someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me. If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You’re going to see that person, but Bitch, it’s gonna have to be you.’”
In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.
Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.