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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.

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Brian

Congrats, Susan! 🙂

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

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Nicole

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.

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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,
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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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