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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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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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REPORT: Clayton Echard Cast as the Next ‘Bachelor’ for its Upcoming 26th Season

After all the turmoil of the previous ‘Bachelor’ seasons, it looks like the ABC reality-dating competition may have found their man.

Multiple sources are reporting that Clayton Echard, who no one has seen yet, and who appears as a suitor in Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette, has actually been given the nod to be the lead in the new upcoming 26th season of the series.

On Wednesday, leaked photos appeared online of Echard with a camera crew by E! News  questioning if he would be the new “Bachelor.”

Variety is saying that their sources are saying Echard is ABC’s choice for the lead, but that no official announcement will be forthcoming especially since Young’s season of The Bachelorette which bows October 19th had not even begun.

What we can glean on Echard from his Instagram page is that he is 28-years-old and from Missouri and played college football at U of Missouri and was signed as pro to play with tight end with the Seattle Seahawks, but he is now an orthopaedic saleman.

So, will you be watching the new season of The Bachelor when it comes around most likely in January 2022? Comment below.

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