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Former ATWT writer, Susan Dansby lands six-week trial deal at Y&R!

Over the past several days, Victoria Rowell’s and the Urban League’s stance and outrage on the lack of diversity on CBS Daytime soaps, in particular The Young and the Restless, in terms of its writing team, may actually see some change.  Susan Dansby, a former writer with As the World Turns, has been given a six-week trial deal on the number one soap.

Dansby tweeted her excitement tonight  by saying,  “Good news on the job front! Got 6-week script writing trial with Y&R. Will start in Feb.”   Dansby, who happens to be black, also has strong directing credits including on the soaps, Generations, Port Charles and Guiding Light, as well as her long stint on ATWT’s writing regime.

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Dansbys black? I didnt realize with her picture up there.

Congrats, Susan! 🙂

Racial diversity for a writing team is good for Daytime. Same thing w/ diversity among the cast of characters of soaps.

Am I remembering this right? Wasn’t she credited with writing much of Reid’s dialogue? If so, freaking genius. Y&R is lucky to have her.

They should send Dansby to B&B since they have more of a problem than Y&R when writing for racial minority chars. B&B has had very few racial minority chars. Brad Bell and his writers can’t or don’t make the racial minority chars significant parts of the storyline for a prolonged period or if at all. Marcus is adopted by Eric and the biological child of Barber and Donna. He’s already part of 3 families, the Forresters, Barbers and Logans. They can’t write for him, yet it’s the same, crappy storylines as ancient Amber uses a pregnancy scheme to snag a rich char who is part of the younger set yet again. Amber seduced/fooled a younger Rick w/ a baby that wasn’t his. Amber tried to get her trashy hooks into the next younger generation w/ an even younger Thomas. Now trashbag Amber is fooling the newest younger generation as she’s trying to snag Liam away from Hope by using Oliver’s baby. Enough already! Even the dialogue between Amber/Tawney vs. Hope is basically the same when it was Amber/Tawney vs. Kimberly. The trashy mother and even trashier, more obnoxious daughter vs. the rich, virginal, golden haired good girl. Yawn, the writers keep doing the same thing. They should not have created this dumb pregnancy for skanky Amber all bec Steffy left town temporarily. And since Dansby’s good w/ writing for gay chars, all the more should she be on B&B since that soap should have the most gay and lesbian chars among all the Daytime soaps! So many of B&B’s chars don’t have storylines, only talk abt the storylines of other chars or appear every now and then to say a few lines or walk around shirtless w/ no dialogue. Yet not a single char is gay or a lesbian. They actually had Thorne ask Ridge if he thought Thomas was gay. That’s the extent to w/c B&B, an LA based soap that revolves around fashion, mentions abt gay and lesbian anything!

I couldn’t stand the character of Amber when she was with young Rick and i can stand her even less now.I can’t stand Tawny either.I actually think she’s even worse than Amber.I do like Oliver …he’s so sweet and i’m liking Stephanie a lot more these days.Even liking Brooke ….there’s something so appealing about her and i’d like to know what she has that all these men are so attracted to her so I can buy some! And now Donna and Justin are engaged.And kissed several times, amazing for B&B.maybe they’re coming into the real world.I hope so because i’ve been missing my ATWT so i’ve been watching B&B more often than before.but i do love that sexy and gorgeous Don Diamont and I’m appreciating Jack Wagner more lately.No matter how I try I’ll never love a soap like i loved ATWT .And while many designers are not gay, in truth many are and they should be portrayed on B&B. i think that day will come but how soon I’m not sure!

Susan,
I was so happy and excited to see your name as “Writer” on one of my favorite shows(Y&R).
The last time I say you was at my wedding ( 5/12/2007) .
Jack and I are going great!
I am looking forward to seeing the coming episodes from your creative mind.
You go Girl!
Love,
VP

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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

So, looking forward to the Golden Globes and seeing Justin and Amanda? Comment below.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

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