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Joanna Johnson On Playing Lesbian Character on Daytime Vs. Nighttime: "Daytime used to be the more progressive place where they would bring up controversial issues!"

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Joanna Johnson spoke with After Ellen.com about the debut of her new CW series, Emily Owens M.D. in which she is co-executive producer, and coming out publicly as she was venturing into The Bold and the Beautiful’s first same-sex storyline between her character, Karen Spencer and Crystal Chappell’s new character of Danielle.  As soap fans know, the storyline was put on hold by B&B”s EP and head writer, Brad Bell, simply because Joanna became unavailable once Emily Owens M.D. went into full production!

In her chat with AfterEllen.com, Joanna was asked if she felt there was a different approach used bringing a lesbian character on to a daytime soap as opposed to a nighttime series.  Johnson answered, “Well I guess there is a different approach when it’s CW and it’s a nighttime show and then when it’s The Bold and the Beautiful, which is a daytime show.  Daytime used to be the more progressive place where they would bring up controversial issues and you could sort of get away with things in daytime. The censors thought, oh the kids aren’t home during the day. Of course now with recording things, it’s changed. I’ve kind of found that in some ways daytime has gotten a little more conservative over the years, definitely than nighttime, some of the things…they’re not as provocative.”

“But I think The Bold and the Beautiful has been a certain kind of show that didn’t really tackle a lot of provocative issues, which is OK. It’s really a show for entertainment. They’ve done some really cool things and some great storylines, but they’ve never had a gay character before. I think it’s great that Brad Bell wanted to bring on a gay character. But I also will say that it’s a safe gay character in the sense of, I’m certainly not going to get involved in any romance. I know that my daughter now has two moms and that’s interesting but I’m sure he’s not going to have me suddenly falling in love with Brooke and have an affair. I don’t think we’re going to go there.”

In addition, when asked about if a return to B&B is anywhere in the near future, Johnson stated, “I love to go back and do more of The Bold and the Beautiful. They’ve asked me a couple of times and I just haven’t been able to get away from here to do it. I hope that they still would want me to do it when I have a little more time and I can. I really enjoy it. I love all the people over there. It’s very sad that Ronn Moss (Ex-Ridge) is gone and Susan Flannery (Stephanie) is on her way out. It won’t be quite the same.”

What do you think about Joanna’s comments that daytime has become much less progressive than the days when it was the place that delivered ground breaking social issues of the day?  Has daytime lost its edge? Weigh-in!

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Iakovos

B&B has lost its edge, for sure! I’d like to see some new characters in new storylines that better reflect the situation set. the near-incestusous pairings are tiring and the in-fighting over this fashion house is tired. If I had a soap with Chappel and Johnson, I’d make some hay while the sun shines and address some social change along the way. Daytime once excelled here. B&B has its moments but they have been lost among the endless triangle and the meanderings of silly plots in search of characters (at the expense of history and humanity!).

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RobertC

I dont think they should have started this storyline if Joanna Johnson had the possibility of leaving the show soon after they started filming.

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THE BACHELORETTE: Katie Thurston Meets the Men in New Promo for Summer Season

It’s hard to believe its’ time for a new season of The Bachelorette, given all the torrid headlines of the franchise with last season, and the drama at The Bachelor.

But now comes the latest promo for Katie Thurston’s attempt at love as she meets the men vying for the final rose in the all-new reality competition debuting this summer on Monday, June 7th. (8 pm. ET/PT)

Twenty-nine men start off the season, and upon first look we wonder who you think might be in the running and who is already going to be shown the front door and stuffed inside a limo, only to be left in tears.

Katie was known for her brash, sassy, self in last season’s The Bachelor, which landed her in the lead role for the summer series.

Check out ABC’s “Meet Katie Thurston’s Men’ promo below.

Then let us know, if you will be watching this season’s new Bachelorette, where often there is more soapy drama off the screen and behind-the-scenes, then in front of the cameras, via the comment section,

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‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley and Y&R Alum Sofia Pernas are Married

After they stepped out together at Sunday night’s 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards, speculation was rampant that former Y&R stars, Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas, were actually married as they both we wearing wedding rings on their wedding fingers.

Well, that has turned out to be true! According to a source, who confirmed to PEOPLE.com, the duo are happily in love and were ‘recently’ married.

Sofia played Marisa Sierras on The Young and the Restless from 2014-2015, while Hartley played Adam Newman from 2014-2016, before joining NBC’s This Is Us as Kevin Pearson.

Both Hartley and Pernas relationship apparently began last year, when they went public with it on New Year’s Eve.

Hartley had been previously married to Selling Sunset and DAYS, Y&R and AMC star, Chrishell Stause, and before that to former Passions star, Lindsay Korman, with whom he shares a daughter.

Send your well-wishes and congrats to Justin and Sofia via the comment section below.

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Cameron Mathison Talks Strangest Shirtless Scenes, Favorite Susan Lucci Moment & More On ‘7 Questions With Steve & Brad’

On the latest installment of Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson’s (Spinelli) You Tube series, 7 Questions with Steve and Brad, the General Hospital stars welcome the newest addition to their Port Charles family, Cameron Mathison.

Mathison is set to debut this summer back on ABC daytime in a role still under wraps, after previously playing All My Children’s Ryan Lavery and wrapping up his co-hosting gig on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family.

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In the rapid fire sequence of questions from Burton and Anderson, Cameron fielded questions such as what was his strangest take-off-your-shirt moment in soaps, his favorite Susan Lucci moment (where in story, Ryan for a short time was romantically linked to Erica Kane), plus Mathison fessed up on his favorite hosting gig, if he bakes at home, and more.

Watch the enlightening and fun conversation here.

Then let us know, are you looking forward to Cameron’s debut on GH? Comment below.

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