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UPDATE: Eric Sheffer Stevens fans raise funds for Doctors without Borders!

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Now, here’s a way to do something with your grief and turn it into something positive for others!  The fantastic fan base of As the World Turns, Eric Sheffer Stevens (Dr. Reid Oliver) had an inspired member of their fan forum come up with an idea to set up a fundraising campaign with the proceeds going to Doctors without Borders/Medecins sans Frontieres to show what the incredible character Reid Oliver has meant to all of them.  From what we hear: Eric himself suggested the charity, once he heard what his legions of fans wanted to do in his honor.  How cool!

On-Air On-Soaps has been told by the campaign organizers that the fundraiser launched on Aug 19,  has now received over $5500.00  in donations, all in just two days.  If you’d like to check out their efforts click here!

In addition, the ESS group on their landing page has a very nice mission statement!  And, here is a portion of that below:  “As Reid has been a hero to many, we can follow suit and be heroes as well while honoring Eric and his incredible talent. Many have asked how they can send gifts to Eric to show their appreciation of his talent.  Eric has expressed that while he is grateful for the thought; his preference is that folks send him their good thoughts.  This is a way to satisfy both while supporting a cause that is of vital importance on a global level.  How appropriate given the fact that Eric’s fans are all over the world and this is a charity close to his heart.”

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bluemirror144
bluemirror144

I am so moved by this opportunity to support Doctors Without Borders in Eric’s name. The fans of Reid Oliver and his portrayer are angry and grieving over one more brilliant gay character–unapologetic, sexy, brilliant and adult–being sacrificed for the happiness of a straight, much less epic, much less compelling couple. Luke deserves his happy ending, and the fans who discovered Reid and ESS this year deserve a denouement that is groundbreaking, rather than a fulfillment of a cliche. Being able to give money to Doctors WIthout Borders gives us something to do with our frustration and sadness. Thank you, Michael, for posting this article, and thank you, Eric, for being an inspiration.

Mary Pariseau
Mary Pariseau

Thanks Michael for sharing the story. It felt great to make the donation today in honor of Eric Sheffer Stevens. His portrayal of Dr Reid Oliver has touched so many lives from all around the world. He is a brilliant actor and I have enjoyed watching the LuRe storyline.

Being able to give to Doctors Without Borders has given us all a way to show everyone how much we love the character of Reid Oliver and to thank the man who portrayed him, the wonderful Eric Sheffer Stevens.

traciamc
traciamc

I couldn’t have said it better than blue did. We as a fandom are devastated that our couple is not only being destroyed at the end of the show, but we’re upset at the cavalier attitude that Chris Goutman and head writer Jean Passante have shown to the fans, both of Luke/Reid and Luke/Noah. It’s ludicrous and we’re angry. This was our way of being able to focus some positive energy to help others and show our support and thanks to the brilliant acting of Eric Sheffer-Stevens and the epic character of Dr. Reid Oliver. We look forward to seeing him in more roles in the future! Please help us in supporting Doctors Without Borders! Thank you Michael for helping us spread the word!

L
L

I’m a relatively new soap fan (all thanks to ESS, Reid and LuRe), and I am ashamed to admit that in the past, I was guilty of mocking soap viewers due to stereotypes and so forth. Never again – I’ve never known a more intelligent, fun, diverse and passionate group of people, and in all my years of fandom, this is the first I’ve been in where the fans have channeled their frustration and pain, as well as their love for a show and character/actor into such a positive activity that will benefit so many people. I’ll be donating myself as soon as I get a chance. Thank you all for a wonderful time these past few months, thanks to ESS for bringing such a great character to life, and thanks to the people involved for thinking of, organizing and spreading the word for this charity drive.

Colleen
Colleen

Michael, Thank you for helping us to make folks aware of the effort in honor of Eric. Folks have been searching for a way to show their appreciation and, given how humble Eric is, have found it hard to do so in a tangible way. By recognizing what he has meant to the fan base through donations to Doctors without Borders, that desire has been satisfied at the same time that a truly deserving cause will see a boost to heir fundraising effort. Given the fractured nature of the soap fan base, i could not be more proud to be part of the effort that has supported LuRe through its ATWT tenure. They are the most positive and generous group of folks I will ever know.

Sandra
Sandra

This is a testament to the power of Reid Oliver as brought to life by Eric Sheffer Stevens: rage and disappointment over something we can’t control are channeled into something positive that can truly make a difference. Thank you Eric, the Reid fans who organized and made this possible, Michael for spreading the word, and Doctors without Borders for helping make the world a better place. Reid Oliver lives forever!

Michael
Michael

Reid and Eric’s fans are the most amazing people ever. I realized that the first time I went on Reid’s fanpage on facebook. Eric must be proud to have such wonderful fans.

Jana
Jana

Thank you for writing this. It makes me feel so positive and very proud to be Lure fan. All the best Michael.

marisha
marisha

Thank you Michael for your article and supporting our cause! It’s an honor & privilege to be part of this group of amazing people. We come from all over the world and share our love of the character Dr Reid Oliver and the talents of Eric Sheffer-Stevens. We have been blessed with Eric’s brilliant portrayal of the original Dr Oliver. We may be heartbroken at the treatment of our beloved Reid & Luke but we will not let our devastation be our only response. We are instead focusing on the good times we’ve shared and the friendships we’ve gained. We are trying to turn our pain into something positive that will help such a worthy cause. What a great way to honor Eric who has had such a positive impact on all our lives! I am so very proud of this fanbase!

Teri
Teri

As a fan I am so proud to be in such amazing company. September 17th is rapidly approaching and as heartbroken as I am, this makes me feel that somehow it is all worth it. No matter what happens in the end Eric Sheffer Stevens as Dr. Reid Oliver made an indelible impression on our screens and in our hearts. Michael, thank you for helping us honor a brilliant actor and a truly gracious human being.

gus
gus

This fandom never ceases to amaze me.

Jeff
Jeff

I have been a long-time fan of ATWT and of the soap genre in general. I’ve always known soap fans to be “fanatic” yes but also some of the most good-hearted and devoted folks you could want to meet. I have loved every minute of Nuke and LuRe had me from the moment Reid Oliver answered Luke’s first phone call. This is just a fantastic way turn some real grief into some real positive action. To me this effort in honor of Eric makes losing my beloved ATWT family a little easier!

Wendy
Wendy

The character of Reid Oliver has touched my life and I am very happy to have the opportunity to support Doctors Without Borders in Eric’s name. I am proud to be a part of the Fan Base that supports Eric and his character of Dr. Reid Oliver. I cannot wait to see Eric in future roles. Thank you Eric for being the amazing person and actor you are. And thank you Michael for posting this story.

tess
tess

It was wonderful to support a cause Eric is close to. He as Reid has really entertained us not forgetting the character of Luke. Though its sad how it all ends but atleast the contributions will make a difference where CG could not.

Karen (limeybird2)
Karen (limeybird2)

I am honored to be numbered among his many fans & i have already donated to this worthy cause. Today i went to a birthday party for a friends boyfriend & couldn’t come up with what to give him, so i decided i’ll make another donation in his name to this worthy cause. He was so touched by that, & he was glad we were doing something so worthwhile for a great cause.
When i told him how much was raised already he was floored that for just getting it started we had amassed that much already for 2 days.

Pup
Pup

Thank you for the article. The generousity of the fans have left me speechless.
Eric will be proud to have such a giving fanbase. Nothing gives us greater joy than helping those in need.

GAELYN THOMSON
GAELYN THOMSON

i am fowlling eric sheffer stevens footsteps don’t think of yourself think of others

GAELYN THOMSON
GAELYN THOMSON

i all ready gave 210.00 to doctors with bardors to honner eric sheffer stevens i also do anything anything to meet him i am so in love with him

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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So with that said, on You Tube’s The Locher Room, former soap publicist and host Alan Locher is bringing together Don Hastings (Bob) and Kathryn Hays (Kim) for a very special virtual chat on Friday May 15th beginning at 2. p. m. EST/11 a, m.  PST.

Make sure to log on here to view the conversation.

Make sure to let us know in the comment section below your favorite Bob and Kim moments over the years!

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Now look for the updated line-up to include former As the World Turns cast members: Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer Munson Donovan), Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson), Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan) and Collier.

They will join former ATWT and GL show publicist, Alan Locher as he hosts the reunion on his You Tube Channel beginning on Friday May 8th starting at 2 p.m EST/11 a.m.PST.  You can watch the livestream here.

Collier played the role of Oakdale’s Mark Kasnoff from 2002-2007, and then returned for a time in 2009.   The role has originally been played by Shawn Christian from 1994-1997

Will you be watching this ATWT reunion? Remember Mark as Oakdale’s Mike? Comment beloe.

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