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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
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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,… Read more »

Mary Pariseau
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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
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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… Read more »

L
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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… Read more »

Colleen
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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… Read more »

Sandra
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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
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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
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Jana

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

marisha
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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… Read more »

Teri
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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
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gus

This fandom never ceases to amaze me.

Jeff
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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GAELYN THOMSON

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

GAELYN THOMSON
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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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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

Share your thoughts on which show you hope Cady is working on, whether, primetime, daytime, or a streaming series, in the comment section below.

 

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‘As the World Turns’ Alums Try to Stump Contestants On All-New Episode of ‘Soap Opera Know-It-All’ Game Show

In the sixth episode of the virtual game show, Soap Opera Know-It-All four fans battle it out over their knowledge of deep trivia of daytime and primetime soaps, exclusively on the Michael Fairman Channel.

For this edition, the game show’s host, Michael Fairman, welcomes longtime soap fans: Robert Evans, Nancy Levy, Matthew Preston, and returning champion, Michael Cochran.

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During round one of the game play and throughout the episode, former stars from the beloved CBS soap opera As the World Turns appear and participate trying to stump the contestants including: Maura West (Ex-Carly), Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily/Rose), Van Hansis (Ex-Luke), Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara), Christian LeBlanc (Ex-Kirk) and Trent Dawson (Ex-Henry), and later in the show, look for a special guest appearance by Days of our Lives favorite, Blake Berris (Ex-Nick Fallon) in the ‘Knock Out Round’.

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The contestants knowledge of the following soaps were put to the test during this sixth episode: All My Children, Another World, As the World Turns, Desperate Housewives, General Hospital, Guiding Light, Knots Landing, Sunset Beach, Edge of Night, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara, The Bold and the Beautiful.

As the game show series moves through its now back-half of the season, the winning contestant must defeat the competition for the right to move on to the next episode to face three more challengers all in pursuit of the “Know-It-All” title with special soap-related prizes along the way.

Watch the game show episode below.

Now, play along with us, and let us know in the comment section how many answers you had correct, and if you enjoyed the show!


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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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