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UPDATE: A Mark Lawson "Imposter" posted comments in response to journo that OLTL was recently homophobic in its humor!

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UPDATED from earlier today!  This evening On-Air On-Soaps heard directly from One Life to Live’s, Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett) who let us know that it was NOT the talented young actor who posted a comment on Advocate.com’s site about an item from Deep Soap’s, Sara Bibel, about an influx of what Bibel perceived as homophobic humorous lines over the last week of airshows,  but that of an imposter, posing as the actor. 

The real Lawson stated to us and on his facebook page, “I just want everyone to know that was NOT me! I appreciate whoever it was for attempting to back up the show, but they blamed it on the writers and that was a cheap shot. We have an excellent writing team as you can see from the last two incredible weeks on the show.”

It all came to light because Deep Soap’s journalist, Sara Bibel of Fancast.com had written an opinion piece that she felt after One Life to Live had trail-blazed last year with so many gay-inclusive storylines, including the incredible Kish romance and the en masse same-sex wedding ceremony, that last week’s new episodes of the ABC soap featured a plethora of homophobic humorous lines in the script that came across to her as insensitive, as said by various member of the cast in different on-screen scenarios.

One of those lines in question featured Lawson. In it, a shirtless Brody opens the door to the cousin of his bride-to-be, Starr, having just spent the night with his friend John, who is also getting married. Upon opening the door, he says, “No, no, it’s not what you think. We’re getting married … to Jessica and Natalie, not to each other.”

The leading LGBT news and entertainment site, Advocate.com has  also ran an item on the piece.  And, as in all of their online posts, visitors to their site can leave  their comments.  One of the names that jumped out of the comments area was that of a Mark Lawson!  But now we have learned it clearly was a fake.  On-Air On-Soaps has been in touch with the editor-in-chief of Advocate.com and informed him to delete the comments from the faux Lawson, as it is a misrepresentation, and we have received confirmation late this evening that the imposter’s comments were taken down from the website.

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Toscanti
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Toscanti

Utterly Ridiculous!!!!! I’m gay and laughed at the scene in question. Isn’t it just like the media to try and get some nonsense started to justify their very own existence. My opinion is that the scene was perfectly performed and gave a light note to the situation at hand. Ms Bibel, get real and please stop with the homophobic garbage. There certainly is enough homophobia out there without you inflicting these types of false allegations.

Rob
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Rob

Same here Toscanti, it didnt even dawn on me that it could be perceived as homophobic. Everyone needs to lighten up!!

Sparky
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Sparky

Wow, I appreciate that Mark Lawson wanted to clarify – but his response is very one sided and I think it really misrepresented Sara’s piece.

Sara says in her post that the scenes were meant to be funny and were, in her own words “innocuous.” But I thought she had a valid point in questioning that so many mentions (this was more than just the Brody scene) in a short time was worth pondering.

Casie
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Casie

I’m sorry but that’s how straight guys joke..they are idiots, doesn’t make them “homophobic” God, people can’t joke about ANYTHING anymore

mepariseau
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mepariseau

I have not watched the scene in question (as I refuse to watch OLTL until they bring back Kish, have another LGBT s/l or Jean Passante is no longer writing for the show), however from the description of the scene, the remark does not feel even remotely homophobic. I wasn’t offended by the remark.

Brian
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Brian

In these times of misunderstood statements and comments, people indeed should think twice about what they say and how they say it. However, I’m hoping that openly-gay OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati thought about the intended humor that was needed for the scene and proceeded appropriately with the scene that I thought worked out quite beautifully!

Lisa
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Lisa

I have a gay son who I love and support 100%. I did not see anything wrong with the scene at all. The writers did an excellent job. I thought the scene was quite funny! In all, this is America, and these watchdog companies have their right to add their two cents worth just as I am doing, but they can not expect the good people of country to support micro censorship. If you are offended, do not watch it. This is why we are free to choose what we watch. I think Mark Lawson had a very wise idea… Read more »

todd
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todd

There were a few other homophobic jokes in the scripts as well. I am a loyal fan that happens to be gay and I felt weird a few times at last weeks shows. There was a joke between John and Brody about wearing a dress, and I can’t remember the 3rd one cuz it was really bad. It wasn’t bad enough to get me angry, but I thought it was in poor taste. Oliver Fish should be at the bachelor party. He was friends with John. Just a year ago such insensitive jokes would not be taking place. I was… Read more »

D
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D

If you want to hear a line from the show this week that is REALLY UPSETTING. Thursday the bartender in the biker bar said to John McBain: “I hope you have insurance because I hear “Obamacare” doesn’t cover plastic surgery!” INAPPROPRIATE first off! Secondly, real life political statements do NOT belong on this soap. I wrote the show a letter and if they don’t rectify this somehow, I am starting a campaign AGAINST Carlivati. Frankly, I have been watching for 30 years and was shocked by the line. IT IS NOT OBAMACARE! It is HEALTHCARE. It was disgusting and totally… Read more »

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TONIGHT: 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS

Who will take home the gold at Sunday night’s 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards?  Well, from the looks of it .two heavy favorites going into it are Ted Lasso in the comedy categories, and The Crown in the dramatic categories, but as we have seen on previous Emmys there may be upsets afoot.

Other leading contenders through the night will include the series: The Mandalorian, WandaVision, The Handmaid’s Tale, Saturday Night Live, Lovecraft CountryThe Queen’s Gambit and Mare of Easttown.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the three-hour special on CBS beginning at 8 pm EST emanating from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Pandemic and all there will be a return to an opening number.

 

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The broadcast’s executive producer, Ian Stewart, confirmed an opening number, when he previously told Deadline, the number “is going to be a lot of people participating, singing, rapping.  It’s hopefully going to be a very impactful start, a ton of fun.”

The Primetime Emmys will have nominees in attendance, with a more limited amount virtually, and those who have tickets can stay in the venue through the whole show, unlike the Grammys or Oscars were those nominated were ushered in and out.  Look for the Emmys to take place outside the theatre under a tent.

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One Life to Live alum Renée  Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline) will be competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role in Hamilton.  Another OLTL alum, Jonathan Groff (Ex-Henry), is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in Hamilton, as well.

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In the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Sterling K. Brown tries to win another Emmy for his role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us.   To view all the nominees, head on over to the TV Academy’s website.

This past June, CBS also aired the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in a pre-packaged show for broadcast due to Covid-19 restrictions.

So, who are you rooting for to win the gold at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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