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GH Sound Off From SOAP BOX: How Does It Look & Sound When Children Read YOUR Comments?

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Daytime favorites, Martha Madison and Lilly Melgar continue to integrate some fun video nuggets into their TradioV weekly online series, Soap Box!

One of the more hilarious ones of late has been taking soap fans comments from posts and message boards around the online soap threads, and giving selected ones to kids to read back on-camera!

In the recently aired General Hospital Sound Off, some of the comments GH fans may have found themselves writing on boards over the last few months themselves were utilized!  Performing them on-camera were: Sofia Melgar, the daughter of Lilly, and her nieces, Jasmine and Samantha!

Now watch the General Hospital Sound Off after the jump and let us know what you thought of it!  Did you get a giggle? Does it make you more aware of what you write when you comment on the soaps?  Share your thoughts below!

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su0000
su0000

hmmm-
— The ”Adult” population of USA estimated to be 216,128,839 million people.

And out of that number is around 4,000,000 who watch soaps..
(taking into consideration most watch 2 or more soaps/same watcher)

And all who do not watch soaps make fun of soap fans, usually labeling us old and crazy ..
And- come to think about it.. when a person watches a show every weekday for 30-40-50 years, well that is a bit out of the nomicy realm; myself included..
not to mention; some soap fans become entwined with fiction and real life because they actually emotionally hate, yes bring hate into their real lives from watching a soap they do not like (crazy)..
Nobody on earth would watch a show every day and hate it.. who in their right minds spend time watching something they hate.. a crazy soap fan, is who…
So yah. it is a bit if not a lot of crazy ; we are crazies ahaa and we love it!!!

estimate= 216,128,839 million people. 4,000,000 watch soaps. wow huh ..

(( birth every eight seconds, a death every 12 seconds and one person immigrating every 40 seconds.))
Will there be new generation soap fans?? The old ones will eventually die..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I love and hate soaps…i have a split personality…i live in a soap world…the Hortons, Quartimaines and Newmans are my family but my real family are more like those weirdos on Dark Shadows…i intend to live forever…i will rule the soap world!!!…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think soaps as we know them…with only four standing…will be around for future generations. Perhaps in some form…maybe they’ll be interactive! (I could see being handcuffed to Nathan…)

davlestev1
davlestev1

UMMM..is she setting her daughter and nieces up for auditions down the road. Halfway through I turned it off because one of them you couldn’t understand and all that neck twisting made me go take an ibuprofen…Parody…NOT…Funny..I guess if you are their immediate family members who tend to find everything a kid does as hilarious.

su0000
su0000

LOL!!
I thought I was the only one that could not understand a word they were saying..
There should of been closed captions !!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

ditto!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I get the point, but honestly you could give children Shakespeare to read and tell them to use a mocking tone and mannerism, he too would come off across as immature and petty.

Yes, some fans take it far too serious and some need a refresher course in good manners, but at the end of the day, all the people working in soaps need their fans to keep them on the air– so poking fun of them and their comments seems to be cutting off your nose to spite your face. Because the people they are sending up will not see themselves in those comments, and others like myself will have second thoughts about posting on threads.

For at the end of the day we all need to remember there is a big difference between laughing with and laughing at people, and this case I think that line is a bit fuzzy.

And before I get slammed for not having a sense of humor — I do— but like taste in movies, what we find funny is subjective—but it seems soaps fans are always the butt of someone’s joke perhaps I just grown weary of it that I don’t find this bit amusing, just condensing.

Mary SF
Mary SF

* that should read condescending

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m with ya, Mary SF! (I always wonder if soap actors condescend to soap fans in general. To them it’s a job…but they “kiss up” because it’s part of the game.) Okay…LOL…I was going to stop there but I have to say it. When I see actors…from any genre…”talk” to the fans on Twitter…and then going on Kickstarter to raise funds for their newest project…drives me nuts! Similarly when people spend a lot of money to go to one of the…man!…I don’t even know what they’re called. Events? To meet them…Yeah, that’d be interesting…if they were free. Sorry, but I can’t ever imagine spending money to meet these people. My entertainment dollars go to seeing a great band (love music) or live theatre.

k/kay
k/kay

@rebecca absolutely love your post nice to know someone else feels this way.

rebecca1
rebecca1

for anyone who doesn’t know what kickstarter is (in reference to my post above)…should read: try to raise money on kickstarter (by appealing to their fans) to fund their newest project…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hi Rebecca,

Rebecca…Nathan, huh??? Girlfriend…RIGHT ON!!!!! Nathan=EXCELLENT CHOICE!!!!! Me personally??? I wouldn’t mind being handcuffed to Julian…HELL YEAH, BABY!!!!! To me, me being handcuffed to Julian would TRULY ROCK!!!!! I think that Julian is so RUGGEDLY F-I-N-E AS HELL!!!!! Yep.

Take care, Rebecca. XOXOXOXOXO

Timmm
Timmm

Let these little darlings read peoples Tweets. Who looks silly now?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, k/kay!

rebecca1
rebecca1

jaybird369…there are a lot of “excellent choices!” makes “caring” so much nicer! 😉

boes
boes

What was the purpose of this? I’ve read far more outrageous things than what the kids recited just on this board. Most of what the kids read sounded fairly sensible to me.

Oh well, I’m sure that at least the kids had fun.

Dan
Dan

Lol, that’s a great point. Get those kids to read some of the posts that people make in the comment section of this site, if you really want some laughs.

harry
harry

One of the funniest comments I ever read on a soap forum was when a viewer wrote,”Drucilla Winters is a loose cannibal.”
There’s nothing worse than a cannibal with loose morals, I tell ya!
There are some really hilarious comments out there, albeit some of them aren’t intentionally funny.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree. What was the point?
I love my soaps. I tend to get carried away critiquing the characters…not criticizing, there’s a difference. So, if getting too involved labels me as crazy by those who consider themselves as being the norm, sobeit. I really don’t care.
I have been home, doing nothing for health reasons. So, I became even more involved in my soaps than before. It has not gotten out of hand….
Mary, I do not quite grasp what you are trying to say. That we should have no opinion? Isn’t that the reason for these sites? If I misunderstood what you are imparting, please enlighten me. I am very receptive…..later.

su0000
su0000

Well–
I was peed-off that they did read any of my great works !! aha haaa!! 🙂

su0000
su0000

”didn’t”

CeeCee
CeeCee

Su, funny & cute. But, yeah, you’re right…lol.

Mary SF
Mary SF

CeeCee– I was referring to what Mr.Fairman wrote at the end of his article, asking whether watching this video would make me think twice about what I post, the implication being what they are sending up in this video, is not us having opinions, but the way sometimes we expressed those opinions.

The use of children seem to imply the soap fans are sometimes childish. I was disagreeing with the implication, but agreeing, that yes, soap fans, including myself could have at times stated our opinions in more reasonable mature manner, been more respectful, but the comments these girls were reading were just normal comments. So my point was if they were trying to point a mirror to someone who might post something like ” I don’t like that actress because she wore green and green is an ugly color” might not get the point, wherein posters like us might be bit offended that reasonable posts were being painted as silly when they are not. I’m hope that cleared it up for you, or did I just confuse you more???

harry
harry

Did anyone notice that the girl in pink looked a lot like Robin Scorpio did at age seven?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

FUNNY…MORE! MORE! MORE!…they shouldve used soap child actors but those kids did a good job…remember some of those comments…glad they didnt read some hateful and hurtful replies iv recieved…lol…we viewers do sometimes forget…i know i got a good memory for some things but i do occasionally forget…now what was the topic…kidding…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aww, jimh. Don’t let hurtful posters get to you. I’m pretty sensitive myself. Just remember, these people do not mean anything IN YOUR LIFE……you do not know them. Some people just get their juice being angry and spiteful. I like you, doesn’t that mean anything?…..LOL.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee it means a lot…just dont tell your husband…kidding…lol

su0000
su0000

Well, jimh..
I was greatly disappointed that one of my ”Kill-off Saron” get rid of the Mall Princes she is horribly irritating etc etc etc was not mentioned 🙁 ….aaha!.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Su you make me laugh sometimes…i wish they had read some of yours…especially when Harry and you are commenting with each other…you two would make a great soap comedy team…lol

Timmm
Timmm

To me, these characters are part of me. I met some of them and I can separate them from their character. I like the drama. We can ALL be thankful that 90 percent of this stuff doesnt happen to us. I’m not big on Twitter or Facebook. I think its a waste and doesnt interest me BUT I dont poke fun at those who obsess over the two. They are entertained by what is going on. Same with my soaps, it entertains me PLUS I enjoy talking to fans like the ones on this site. For those who roll their eyes when you mention soaps, I guarantee you they have their own vice[s] that we would roll our eyes at, as well. Embrace the art!

harry
harry

Well said, Timm.
I have been a closeted soap watcher for over 30 years but I bet my friends and associates are doing worse things……like writing Haiku at the local Starbucks while wearing a red beret and large dark sunglasses.

Timmm
Timmm

Thanks for the warning Harry, I’ll stay out of Starbucks!

CeeCee
CeeCee

As yourself, Timmm. I’m not on Facebook…nor do I tweet. Besides being a waste of time and infantile, it is also dangerous stuff. JMO.
Kudos, Timmm. I love the way you think.

Timmm
Timmm

Thanks CeeCee. It seems like were on the same page. Cool.

Shay
Shay

Me three, CeeCee (and Timmm….) I don’t do Twitter or Facebook either. I do occasionally read others’ public Tweets or Facebook pages, but I would never surrender my privacy to post what often seems to be nothing more than exercises in ego self-gratification. I have no problem with using these social platforms for business/promotional purposes, but for the average citizen to just put out all out their personal information in a cyber world free-for-all has always struck me as highly odd and foolhardy…even though I have sometimes been sorely tempted to relent on my misgivings when I’ve received a friend request….however, in the end, I simply could not go there.

rebecca1
rebecca1

ohhhhhhhhhh…I must disagree again! I LOVE Facebook! Don’t tweet too much…i think I sent out about six in total…one to an actor I adore who sent back a very nice (albeit impersonal) response.

as for Facebook, I think it is one of THE most wonderful…astounding, engaging, social networking sites…I have found friends who I haven’t seen since public school! (That might not be such a big deal if you’re 20-something but to us more “mature” peeps…it’s like finding a needle in a haystack!) Seriously, I have reconnected with said childhood friends, co-workers I lost touch with, ex’s who I’m still on good terms with…I’ve been able to read pages of people I’ve worked with or want to work for (if they’re not set to private which is an option). On days where I’m just hanging out…or maybe sitting at a cafe, I just jump on to FB and there are a few friends or posts…just like here but from people I actually know (no offense to my soap buds…you know I love ya! ;)…you talk as much or as little as you want…you can get on (for all you insomniacs) and there’s always a post you can read or respond to. I’ve even met people as far away as New Zealand who I stay in touch with.

Personally? I can’t say enough good about it. Like anything, be it TV, this site, or any other…you find the right balance for yourself.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Rebecca…LOL….to each his/her own. I have had a leisurely time these past few months. However, that is typically not my life. I am very busy…a baby and a five-year old who thinks he knows better than I. I say the grass is green; he says it’s red…just to see my reaction…..get the picture?
My balance…my rock, is my husband …and my mom…she’s always there for me…appears like magic…LOL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh my ga…CeeCee…I just reread what you wrote about FB being “infantile” and “dangerous.” I don’t even know what to say about that other than you’re a tad misguided. Facebook is neither. Twitter? The only problem “I” see with twitter…which I don’t participate in other than peek in occasionally to see what an actor or musician I like has tweeted about some political or social happening… but Facebook? It’s sooooo not anything like what you think! Why would you call a site where people chat with family/friends, etc infantile and dangerous? Anything online can be “dangerous” if you give out too much info or if an account is hacked, etc. That’s the risk of being online…if someone wanted to they could get your neighborhood from the IP address on your computer!

Anyway, done with my rant. Going over to Facebook… 😉

rebecca1
rebecca1

A few of my responses re Facebook got “edited out” but two things:

I didn’t finish my thought regarding Twitter: I resent Twitter to a degree because for many it’s just a marketing tool…under the guise of befriending fans/followers, etc. If it were openly acknowledged…I’d have less of a problem with it.

CeeCee…one of m cut replies expressed the fact that many of us lead busy lives…we still get on FB. One doesn’t preclude the other….

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Despite the humorous tone and delivery, many valid comments regarding GH were aired. And I suspect the person who compiled these comments intentionally left out the stronger criticisms.

SpixieFan
SpixieFan

Some of the posts between the JaSammers and the.. Liasonites..(?) .. are both SCARY and HALARIOUS lol… I don’t think I’d want chiildren reading those, but I have thought that Jimmy Kimmel should do a version of “celebrity hate tweets” but with the JaSam Liason wars….. have Kelly and Rebecca come on and read posts from different sites…… (the ones about the characters not the actresses lol)….my first experience with a soap message board was about 4 years ago and I couldn’t believe the heat in the JaSam Liason wars, wow lol

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Real Andrews Returns As Marcus Taggert On General Hospital

Well, well, well! Looks who’s back in Port Charles!  A major surprise occurred during Thursday’s “Next-On-General Hospital” teasers when viewers saw Sonny’s former nemesis Marcus Taggert, and Sonny himself, in a clip from a scene.

Turns out that today on Friday, January 17th look for the return of Real Andrews to his role as Taggert!  Andrews took to his Twitter and Instagram account to confirm the casting news.

Maurice Benard tweeted: He’s Back!!! Bigger and better than ever. On General Hospital. You don’t want to miss it.”

While, Andrews tweeted: “It is going to be a great ride.”

Real played the role of Marcus from 1996-1997 and then again from 1998-2003.   He was last seen on the soaps on Days of our Lives back in 2016 and 2017.

In real life, Benard and Andrews are good friends.

Now the question is, could Taggert’s re-emergence tie in to the new case that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is working on, and somehow the return of Nikolas Cassadine to the canvas?  Years ago, Taggert’s sister, Gia was involved with the dark prince, leaving fans speculating that perhaps Nik and Gia had a daughter, who could turn out to be Trina played by Sydney Mikayla.  Hmmm.

So, give a big “welcome back” to Real as Taggert hits the screen today on GH via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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Sean Kanan, Tristan Rogers & Timothy Woodward Jr. Talk On The Making Of New Digital Drama ‘Studio City’ & Respect For Soaps

Just as we closed out 2019, the world of digital dramas saw the debut of a riveting new show, Studio City.  The series initial season can be binged watched in its entirety on Amazon Prime, which follows the life of Hollywood actor Sam Stevens and the cast of “Hearts on Fire“, America’s number two daytime drama, as they navigate the chaotic world of soap operas and their own messy personal lives.

Studio City was co-created, executive produced, and stars longtime daytime favorite, Sean Kanan (Ex-AJ, General Hospital, Ex-Deacon, B&B).  In it, Kanan plays Sam, who plays a doctor on the soap-within-the show, and whose life off the set provides the back-drop for much of the drama and heart and soul of the series.

Kanan has surrounded himself with quite the acting company which includes: Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH, Julia, ATWT, Madison, DAYS and Agnes, B&B), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Nancy, DAYS and Ex-Shirley, B&B), Scott Turner Schofield (Ex-Nick, B&B) and the one and only, Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH, Colin, Y&R).   In addition, feature film director, Timothy Woodward Jr. (who turns out to be a soap fan and appreciates the genre), is the man behind the camera directing the story and the cast through the ups, downs, laughs and tears of the story in Studio City,

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kanan, Tristan Rogers, and Woodward to find out: how Studio City all came together, what their hopes are for it in the future, and about the tears (those who have watched the series have shed in episode 6) and pivotal moments portrayed by Sean, Tristan, and Patrika Darbo that have helped create a buzz for the show.  Check out what these gents had to share below.

Photo: Studio City

Sean, in the stellar cast are many daytime notables including: Carolyn Hennesy, Sarah Brown, Patrika Darbo and Tristan. Did you reach out to them individually… and tell them what you had cooking with Studio City?

SEAN:  (Laughs) Did I reach out to them?  I had to beg them.  When you do a project like this, nobody is getting rich yet.  This really was a favor and a labor of love.  Patrika and I have really worked on more projects together than I can count.  Carolyn was on my radio show.  There was nobody else I wanted for their parts then Carolyn, Patrika, and Sarah. The idea of Tristan came a little bit later because I had written the character, but the character was actually very different.  He was actually a homeless guy.  He was a guy who had been a doctor and had been strung out on Vicodin, and had had a mishap in the operating room, and lost his license and then became homeless, but he was sort of this homeless sage poet who was giving Sam these bits of wisdom.  Ultimately, through meetings and compromises, it evolved into what it is now, and then, once that happened, I was like, “There’s no reason Tristan can’t play that,” and everyone signed on after a lot of coaxing, but they all did it for me.  I’m so grateful for that because it wouldn’t be what it is without those wonderful people in the series.

TRISTAN:  What happened was he said, “Will you do this part?”  I said, “Yeah.”  Sight unseen.  I figured Sean is an actor with relatively good taste (laughs) so he’s not going to give me a piece of s**t to do.  (Laughs)   Then, he sends me over some copy, and the copy is really good.   So, we set the week up, and that week turned out to be three weeks from hell for me because of my schedule!  I was doing General Hospital.  Then, I had Young and the Restless come in on top of that.  Then, I was doing The Bay, and somewhere in all of this I was doing Studio City.  So, I’m trying to figure out how I am going to do all of this.  In the meantime, Studio City said, “No, we’ve got to do it at a particular time because of the location.  We can’t get it at any other time, but these times…”  I said, “Okay,” and I’m thinking to myself, “God, how the hell am I going to make this work,” because I wanted to do everything, and I didn’t want to have to cancel anything.  I wanted to do it all because all of the projects were so good.  The Young and the Restless project was just an absolute joy to do working with Jess Walton (Jill).  We got Y&R all done in one day   So, I liked that.  After I finished that, was the day I started Studio City, and we were shooting  in a high rise where Sean and his wife Michele were living at the time.  They shot in a vacant apartment next door.  Right away, I was totally impressed with what was going on.  The level of production was really high.  I got the dialogue as I walked on set, and I had to sit down quietly because it was about a page and a half monologue, and I had to think, “Okay, what am I going to do with this guy?  How am I going to play him?”  Timothy Woodward is just fantastic.  He came along, we had a chat together, and he sort of said, “What are you going to do?” and I told him how I was going to play it, and he said, “Okay, go.”  We got it all in one take.  Bang.  I love that.

Photo: Studio City

SEAN:  There was a lot to do obviously, but we shot Studio City over five days.  We literally shot this at almost a soap opera pace.   I don’t think too many other actors; except for daytime actors could have pulled this off.  So, we were really blessed to have a bunch of pros.

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TIMOTHY: Every one of them were extremely talented in their roles.  Patrika blew my socks off.  Tristan did what he did, I mean, he’s amazing.  Sarah was great.  Carolyn Hennesy was great   I do a lot of feature stuff, and you know, we are shooting only 4 or 5 pages a day.  Sometimes 6.  So, it’s not often that I am handing someone a 7-page scene and saying, “Hey, go,” especially the day before, and they’re nailing it every single time and being able to deliver every single time, and hitting their marks, which makes the editing process so good.  They’re able to do it, especially when you keep the writing grounded on the side of it that’s about behind the show, but it still has dramatic moments.  You’re giving the actors a lot to chew on, but they all performed the material so well.

Tristan, in story, you play Sean and Sarah Brown’s step-father. There is a major scene in episode 6 between Patrika and Sean where Sam learns about his biological father, and then there is a scene with you and Sean in the aftermath of that.

TRISTAN:  Yes, they are my adopted kids.   Sam is going through a low part in his life, and my character has to kind of sit him down and go, “Listen, kid.  You’re a good guy.  Don’t ever be told that you’re not a good guy.  You’re my son, and I love you, and there’s not a day that goes past that I don’t love you.”  When you’re on the set at the time, it was an extremely emotional scene.  Very, very emotional, and the fact that we got it right the first time, made the intensity better.  If I had had to go back and do that again, it would have been slightly different. That’s the way I work.”

Photo: Studio City

Had you worked with Sarah Brown before; given you both have worked on General Hospital in your careers?

TRISTAN:  Never.  That was a great thing.  I had two scenes with her, and I loved them both, and I thought she was terrific,  What Sean and Timothy have done is  put together a really interesting bunch of people to totally dig and are part of the daytime scene, who are totally familiar with it, and know what it is all about, and make it different.  The only other show I can compare this to is GH: Night Shift.   We were never allowed to develop it, but that was where we were at.  I think we are making the same kind of broad steps here that we were doing back then.  Hopefully, we are given more of a chance to develop the concept of it. 

What can you say about working with Timothy? He obviously loves the soaps too!

TRISTAN:  He’s a good guy.  I mean, they couldn’t have gotten a better person to do the directing and put that side of it together.  He was the perfect choice: having an understanding of the background of daytime and basically liking it for what it is.  He was ideal!

Photo: Studio City

Timothy, you were a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful, correct? How did you come into Sean’s orbit?

TIMOTHY:  Yes … when Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) was with dad, Eric (John McCook), or something right before that. (Laughs)  That’s how long ago that was.  I started telling Sean all that stuff, and he sent this cookbook to my mom, and then, he called me.  We stayed in contact and started talking about a few things, and then he contacted me about being in the book he was doing, Success Factor X, and he wanted me to be in the book, so I said okay.  So, we just stayed in contact, and then, I called him about another project. Later, Sean said he had an idea for a show and he’s been working on it for a while, and said, “Here’s the idea.  What do you think?”  I said, “I think it’s something that I could be interested in,” (because I’d always watched soaps back in the day, and it’s something that my mom is a huge fan of) and you know, I could get down with doing it.”  So, we kind of met, shook hands, and said, “Let’s make it happen.”

Did you tell your mom you were working with Sean Kanan?

TIMOTHY:  I did!  She loved it.  Sean actually sent her a video to her phone wishing her a merry Christmas last year.

SEAN:  This guy is a feature-film director. Tim was like, “I think that would be a really interesting challenge.  I’d like to do a digital series,” and then it comes to pass that this sort of tough-guy film director from North Carolina, is a total closet soap freak! (Laughs)

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Timothy, in Studio City, when Patrika Darbo has this very emotional monologue about what happened to her and about Sam’s father.  Sean also delivered a powerful performance in the scenes, just through his reactions to her heartbreaking story. I just thought the way he played it was so moving.  You obviously did a great job directing that scene.

TIMOTHY: I said, “Sean, I’m seeing behind the camera.  I’m telling you man, you’re telling so much with your eyes.  You don’t have to say anything.  Don’t tell her it’s okay during the scene,” because his initial reaction was, “It’s my mom.  I want to tell her it’s alright.”  I was like, “No.  Don’t.  I don’t want you to do anything.  You need to absorb this; you need to be in that moment of where you just don’t even know what to say.   You feel for her, but you also have this self-inflicted pain yourself, and you just need to listen.  Just listen to her.  Zone out of everything else and listen to her.”  That’s what he did, and he did it really well.

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SEAN:  I remember that Patrika was incredibly generous because once we got her take; she was willing to go through all of that pain again so that my reactions would be as informed as it was.  Honestly I would like to tell you that it was me reaching into my big bag of actor tricks, but all I had to do was shut up and listen.  How can you not be moved by hearing that?  So, I just sort of shut up, didn’t have to hit my mark because I was sitting, and listened, and she did all of the driving on that, and she was just terrific and Timothy captured it beautifully.

Sean, when you envisioned the part of Sam for yourself; were you pleased about how it came across on screen?

SEAN:  Listen, the character is very close to who I am.  This guy is sort of a heightened version of me, but I am very much playing myself in this.  I’m playing myself in some situations that I have never had to deal with.  I was like, “If this is going to succeed or fail, it’s going to happen with me being my most authentic self, and it’s not someone else’s idea of who I am.  I’m going to show you who I am in this.”

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Trans actor, Scott Turner Schofield also appears in Studio City.  In part of his story, you are tackling a timely social issue of the plight of African-American trans individuals who are being murdered.  How did you come to the decision to include this arc in the series?

SEAN:  I felt it was important that we told a story that was LGBTQ and trans-centric.  I wanted Scott to be a character on the show that everybody knew was trans.  I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but maybe the character Scott plays is going to have a conflict with production and say, “Listen, I’ve got to be a trans character on the show because I need to sort of be a beacon to all of those people out there.  I’m living that life off-camera. ”  When you see him in his group and everything, and I think he is going to kind of stand up for himself, and that’s going to probably alter his story.  I thought it was important to be like, “My character knows he’s trans.  He’s my buddy who happens to be trans,” you know what I mean…. rather than it being this huge big thing.”

Was the goal to get Studio City released right at the end of 2019 to quality for Daytime Emmy consideration in the Digital Drama categories? 

TIMOTHY:  It was definitely something we think could get more eyeballs on the show, more attention to it if you will, in order to get it to the next level.  So, I think that’s important. Do this and get it even bigger … make more episodes and make them longer.  Sean keeps saying this series, is a love letter to soaps, and that’s what he told me he wanted to do.  You know what Sean is talking about.  There is somewhat of a disrespect level in our industry of, “Well, he’s on a soap,” and these people are so talented.  I mean, some of these daytime soaps have better ratings than a lot of the primetime shows.  You just read mainstream media or something about soaps, and you may think, “What?  There’s nobody watching it,” and then, you start looking at ratings and two and a half million viewers during an episode?  This is every day.  That’s a fan base.  There are dedicated people watching it.

SEAN:  It always bothers me when I see that; treating soaps like that because we work really hard, and there’s a lot of talented people involved with it.  It doesn’t always need to always be that whenever you see soap operas represented in “main series” projects, that they’re kind of the butt of a joke.  I was like, “That’s not going to happen because that’s not what they’re about.”

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Sean, you make things happen for yourself doing various projects whether it be: stand-up comedy, acting, books, etc and are one of the hardest working guys I know. Why do you think you have continually come back around, and in front of the daytime soap community all of these years?

SEAN:  I envy guys who have been on daytime consistently for 10, 15, 20 years, and there are times that I wish I were there and doing that, but I don’t necessarily know that if I were that guy that I would have had the wherewithal to write the books I have written.  I think I may have gotten comfortable, and you know, God bless.  I am in no way disparaging that because there is a lot to be said for that longevity on a series. I feel like on daytime I have always been kind of a hired guy.  I get brought in, I get let go, I get brought in, I get let go.  I never sort of maintained a sense of terra firma.  I always felt that it was probably going to be temporary, and I’d better figure out what else I’m going to do, which has given me opportunities that I have created to do projects that I am really passionate about like this one.

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Have you checked out Studio City on Amazon Prime yet?  If so, what do you think of it and the performances? Excited to see Sean and Tristan in different roles? Comment below.

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