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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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ty

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

Brian
Brian

Congrats, Susan! 🙂

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bottomchef

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

Nicole
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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bottomchef

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!

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mmc

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!

VP
VP

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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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Will you be watching the final season of EastSiders? If you follow the series, how do you hope the relationship between Cal and Thom resolves itself? Do they stay together, or move on from each other once and for all? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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