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GLAAD’s Annual Report Shows LGBTQ Character Inclusion On TV Reaching Record-High: How Did The Soaps Fare?

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As we look for more diversity and representation for minorities in broadcast television,  GLAAD has put out it’s annual Where We Are on TV report.  The findings show that broadcast television has a record percentage of LGBTQ characters, and featuring those of color more often than those that are white, for the first time.

While there is still much work to do, the report found that LGBTQ characters make up 8.8 percent of all regular characters this TV season, up 2.4 percent from the 2017-18 season, and last season was the record-holder.  How do they find their data?  They survey regular and recurring characters on original scripted TV series that have aired and are expected to air across broadcast, cable and major streaming platforms from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

As for the increase: LGBTQ regular and recurring characters on broadcast television are posting a 31 percent increase from the 2017-18 season. Meanwhile, on primetime cable shows,t LGBTQ characters have increased 20 percent, from 173 to 208 characters. Of the the streaming platforms monitored by GLAAD characters increased by 72 percent from the previous year, jumping from 65  to 112 characters.

Now as to your favorite daytime dramas, the report notes the following: “NBC’s Days of Our Lives brought fan favorite character Will Horton back from the dead this year, and news of this disrupts the wedding of his former husband Sonny and former lover Paul. Over the past year, the love triangle between the three of them was re-ignited, even though Will had no memory of his past.  After multiple twists and turns, Will suddenly remembers his marriage to Sonny and the two share a kiss and become a couple once more.

Last year, on ABC’s General Hospital it appeared that the show had written off the character of Kristina Corinthos-Davis as she moved to Oregon with her former professor and girlfriend, Parker. However, Kristina has recently returned to Port Charles, and hopefully as a regular character on the show.

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CBS’ GLAAD Media Award-recipient The Bold and the Beautiful continues to feature transgender character Maya Avant (Karla Mosely). Though Maya hasn’t been at the forefront of the show recently, she is still married with a young daughter and has storylines unfolding at her workplace, Forrester Creations. CBS’ other flagship drama The Young and the Restless is still unfolding the story of couple Tessa and Mariah, who got together last fall. Currently, Mariah is helping her girlfriend out of a scrape with some smugglers, but hopefully this couple will survive the extreme situation,”

So, are the soaps doing enough including LGBTQ characters and integrating them into their storylines?  Would you like to see more diversity and inclusion on your favorite soaps. or not?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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As a gay man who loves the soaps, it means a lot to me to see gay life represented in daytime serials. I celebrated when the character of Hank came out to Iva on my forever-favorite soap AS THE WORLD TURNS, which then developed Luke Snyder’s story played forefront to the end. The four legacy soaps succeed in various degrees regarding gay characters but the effort is there. I enjoy the diversity of soaps in all ways the people are different. Seems this genre of storytelling reminds us best, despite obvious differences, we are all very much the same in our lives, loves, ups, downs, and dramas.

Thank you, lakovos, for reminding me of the greatest couple EVER…Noah and Luke. Talk about a smart, touching, sexy slow boil! These two were so special because they were patient and tender with their relationship, not just jumping into the sack because they’re both hot. That scene where Luke was fixing Noah’s tie and that first wonderfully impulsive kiss…just remembering it makes me swoon. Jake Silbermann may not be a traditional heartthrob; Noah was kind of goofy and insecure, but that’s what made him very sexy to me. Will and Paul and Sonny are all good characters and actors on DOOL, but Luke & Noah hold a special place for me.

soaphound .. that is; a mad tease

“Noah and Luke”

“I got in”

Absolutely out of your minds!! I thought queer was a dirty word to the left wack jobs

It would be nice if you could provide clarity.

Right, GramS? Her intentions seem unclear. But I’m sure it’s just that “wack jobs” (spelled incorrectly, but whatever) like us aren’t able to grasp the nuance in the message she’s trying to convey.

I love Tessa and Mariah from The Young and the Restless but this soap is trying to show them more as best friends than an actual couple. The chemistry between two girls is so amazing, it just feels natural. I want to see more personal interaction between the two of them, kisses, tender moments, Tessa’s patented hugs… Just let them be more passionate!

I love the integration specifically on y&r. It is taking a much longer time to get to a full fledged relationship, because there appears to be a very verbal backlash from homophobes and those who use their religion as a reason for hatred. People in same sex relationships are not a threat to anyone so I don’t understand that backward way of thinking. LGBTQ are everywhere in all parts of society. They are our pastors, policemen, bankers, sports player, favourite actor and on. I welcome inclusivity on daytime because just maybe, if done right, it will create even a small crack in the armour of the anti’s.

I am leaning on … Women, people of color, AND LGBTQ to lead the way

how absolute : fun and astounding are WE

how resounding of a triumph do we have

every thing !!!! TAKE FROM THE MEN.. TAKE FROM “HISTORY” TAKE OUR RIGHT BACK

that matriarch heart beat that heart pulsate that heart w/soul stood

walk the walk of onward Christian soldier.. with like minded souls reaching on our own.. TAKE BACK OUR LIVES from trump Paul Ryan.. all those men who want that stronghold and legislate OUR freedom

it stinks.. I hate it .. it hurts.. all of us

this link… “this link” this web… I will always continue to strike… decades plus watchers have a STRONG attention span.. who watch how life plays out.. who piece puzzles.. who watch how the writers play out… their pen to paper.

I cannot expect Shelly and Chris.. or Mal Young.. to GET a favorable inclusion.. of fan echo.. resounding pat on the back.. Ron Carlivati ??? perhaps

certainly , not Frank Valentini of @GH… his agenda REEKS

two pics ^^^ @DAYS : Sonny / Will / Paul . w/ Gramma Marlena.. is my storyboard.. as I’ve shared … I was raised by my grandma… and it’s with so much heart AND Tears.. to watch this play out.. that finally.. after years and decade of WAIT that LGBT is on AIR.. REEL ‘ing… this is mine to own.. this is mine to cherish.. this is mine to thank.. the audience who “share” mindset

who reach out and is happy with me… cheers and applause that @ DAYS @ Y&R (FINALLY) . the other pic.. Maura and Reese…. ??? I do not watch that show

GramS.. “reach and THANK YOU” for going on the walk the walk

I hurt on a good day.. I rally march forward

NOV 6th is a stronghold to bandage and gain support…

from my heart to yours.. Trump and his GOP – do not – have a strong hold

Why is there bring leo to cause trouble for will and sonny and when sonny and will become a couple on fool like Ron said

I think it is most shocking that “Bold and Beautiful” is set in LA and focuses on the fashion industry, yet there is not a major gay couple on the show. Maya has not been front and center in more than two years.

Except for Greg Rickart, the other three men are straight, and I know when acting, you have to do whatever it takes, but I really think they do feel uncomfortable sometimes, at least that’s how it looks to me.

I agree with you.. yet.. they vigilantly vocalize.. as a human being.. they care, that it is written with and portrayed as effective and plausible

I can only smile beam, cheer that after years of .. portraying their respective roles.. that it’s not an effort that is struggling.. LOL.. kiss make out.. MORE if you like.. wait it gets hard

it’s sex … man animal plant .. oh god.. even plants are mixed

they get a paycheck and sex

Am waiting to see what they do with the reunited Sonny & Will after Christopher Sean departs. I still remember ATWT’s Luke & Noah and that they should’ve had a happier ending. Also think AMC did mostly a great job with Bianca Montgomery

Weird that you chose to mention Kristina who was off-canvas, rather than Brad and Lucas who are in a front burner storyline and in a stable marriage although, because this is the soaps, not for long once Brad’s baby switch deception come to light… And doesn’t Felix still pop up once in awhile?

Christopher Sean : Paul : I just beam @him… he’s solid representation… giving and Personally on

He is what I wish : I, as a person of color.. being

LOL tears from here to their ; you did

Sonny and Will – “both” reeled

Freddy Smith : Sonny : I’m so attracted to you.. as a gay man… yes.. it must be uncomfortable to “play” yet you understood you came back… you give back

the three time emmy wined Chandler Massey : Will whom I beam at as he reflects shares life with Deidre Hall’ gramma Marlena

life goes on; sharing; you and me

on my bucket list ? to meet in real time : Deidre Hall… i’d cry

I truly would; this show deserves respect, accolades, deserve, win; try

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Kimberlin Brown ‘Killed-Off’ as Sheila Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful in Shocking Twist

The Monday, February 26th episode of CBS daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the apparent end to one of the all-time villains of soap opera.

In story, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was being stalked by Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) in the dark. Eventually, Steffy stabs Sheila in the heart with a knife and she apparently dies.

Speaking with TV Insider, Brown admitted that it is extremely hard to leave a now iconic role she made soap-famous since 1990 on first The Young and the Restless and then The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Kimberlin expressed: “It’s a tough place for me to be in right now; I’m not going to lie about this. I guess if anyone were going to take Sheila down, I’m happy it’s Steffy. I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  Three time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood expressed: “It’s bittersweet because I absolutely love working with Kimberlin; she is just the consummate professional.”

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However, the stabbing is vindication for Steffy as Wood related, “This is her moment. How long has it taken Steffy to take her down and it’s finally happening, so it’s going to be a big shock.”

As to her B&B death scene and to her future plans, Brown revealed, “Laying there on that floor when the paramedics pronounce the time of death, my eyes were closed and you’re holding your breath so it doesn’t look like you’re breathing. It was just like, ‘Wow, OK, I guess we’ll have to see what might come next for me.’”

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If this holds up and Sheila is “dead” dead, it will open up the story and trouble in the marriage of Finn (Tanner Novlan) and Steffy, because ultimately, Steffy killed her husband’s biological mother.

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This is leading many to believe this move will bring Steffy back together with Liam (Scott Clifton) while Finn and Hope (Annika Noelle) draw closer. Is that part of the reason for Sheila’s death? Stay tuned.

What do you think about The Bold and the Beautiful killing-off Sheila Carter and Steffy to be the one who put an end to her life? Comment below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, Former ‘Port Charles’ Star, Cause of Death Determined; Mother Speaks Out on Dangers of Pharmaceutical Addiction and Fentanyl Epidemic

David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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