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Joanna Johnson on Upcoming Return To B&B and New Series, The Fosters!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Joanna Johnson (Karen) is one busy gal between her producing gigs for primetime shows while trying to squeeze in some time for her and Crystal Chappell to play some story as B&B’s first same-sex couple, Karen and Dani!

In a new interview from TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, Johnson discusses what she deems “Her Gayest Year Ever”, since she is also writer and executive producer of ABC Family’s new series, The Fosters, (premiering Monday at 9/8CT) about two two lesbian parents, one played by former One Life to Live and Sunset Beach favorite, Sherri Saum.

Johnson says she is trying to find time for a return to the CBS soap amidst the launching of her new series!  Here are a few excerpts below:

Joanna on her year as executive producer, soap star and coming out publicly:  “It’s crazy, right? My world is so wild these days. (Laughs) I’m definitely calling this “My Gayest Year Ever”! It was just over a year ago that you and I sat down and did the interview for TV Guide Magazine where I came out publicly.  Then there was the lesbian storyline on B&B and then The Fosters shows up in my life. The same day my last show, Emily Owens, M.D., got cancelled I started getting emails from friends saying, ‘The Fosters is perfect for you!” They needed someone to help the creators, Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg, run the show — and who better than me because this show is my life! I’m married to a woman and we have two adopted, multi-racial children. (Laughs) It’s the same story!”

Joanna on an imminent return to B&B:  “Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) and I are talking about my returning for a really fun story in July when The Fosters has wrapped for the season. I really do miss B&B — both the people and the news. I went to the GLAAD awards a while back with Crystal Chappell and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) and found out that Karen’s daughter has turned into a total badass crazy person since the last time I was on the show. I couldn’t believe it! [Laughs] Clearly, I need to come back. That girl needs some mothering!

So do you hope Joanna makes it back to film new episodes of B&B this summer? Will you check out The Fosters? Let us know!

 

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Carbofan
Carbofan

Hope to see lots of JJ & CC on B&B.

blake
blake

That’s great, glad she will be back with Crystal Chappell!

Mo
Mo

I look forward to Joanna returning to B&B!

Dee
Dee

I can’t wait for JJ’s return. That also means more Crystal Chappell on my screen too 🙂

lenafreed
lenafreed

I have been waiting for this! I have continued to watch B&B even though they dropped this SL, just hoping JJ would find time to return.
I am also looking forward to the premiere of The Fosters tonight on ABC Family. I loved Sherri Saum on OLTL.

bc
bc

It’s too bad the actor that portrayed emmet on queer as folk is one of “the fosters” showrunners. That show was really racist. Its only Asian american char during its season1 was a japanese prostitute who could only speak japanese for 1 episode. While all of the chars were white of course and majority of them were rich. There was even an episode on season1 queer as folk w/c had its lead char bryan be w/ an African american. The kisses between them was only implied and never shown to the audience w/ how it was filmed. Yet bryan was shown being sexual w/ all of his numerous partners who were white. queer as folk season1 was very racist towards African americans and Asian americans. Now this actor from queer as folk is going to preach tolerance for gay and lesbian families thru “the fosters”. Yet his old show queer as folk had racist portrayals during season1 of African americans and Asian americans.

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bc

Could “the fosters” get a lot of backlash like the cheerios commercial? The backlash for the cheerios commercial shows that there’s still a lot of hatred from white people towards racial minorities as a whole and especially towards racial minorities who are romantically paired w/ white people and have children w/ them. That was only a commercial and yet there was all this hatred towards it. The hatred towards the commercial is most probably bec white males get twice as angry when it’s a white woman with a racial minority man because of racism and misogyny. These white males who are angry at the cheerios commercial feel like those are “their women” and are threatened when these kind of relationships are portrayed. But what abt scandal’s high ratings and its pairing of fitz and olivia? It’s probably bec scandal already attracts an audience w/c already is not threatened and comfortable w/ racial minorities given that its lead is an African american female. But scandal’s drama is precisely abt an affair. There’s already an unflattering connotation to the relationship of fitz and olivia unlike cheerios commercial and “the fosters”. Obviously “the fosters” is going to push for gay marriage. But is it going to bash those that have traditional beliefs of marriage and call them homophobic? Yet the belief of traditional marriage is not the same as physically harming gays and throwing gay slurs? Of course “the fosters” is going to talk abt homophobia. But would it talk abt racism? Would it talk abt racism from the gay community bec 1 char is white and the other char is a woman of color portrayed by sherri saum? Racism from the gay and lesbian community is never discussed on tv shows w/ gay and lesbian chars.

Mo
Mo

I thought the Cheerios commercial was cute.

Tim Roberts
Tim Roberts

Keep the gaye storyline off the show. We all know what happened to As The World Turns and Guiding Light. I also didn’t like her as Caroline.

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This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated 30 years as the number-one rated daytime soap opera.  That is a streak of 1,560 weeks in the top spot.

Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on what has made this remarkable run; attributing it to strong storytelling and a cast that includes several beloved veterans who have been around the entire time.

The executive noted that while other soaps over the years have fallen by the wayside, and even though we are down to only four surviving network soap operas, that Y&R will be around with no end in sight.

McDaniel stated, “We have this award-winning, ratings-generating, money-making show, and it really adds value to CBS. We expect it be a part of our lineup in the future.”

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She also added, “The Young and the Restless has some of the best actors in the industry — not in soaps, not in daytime, but in television. We have iconic, legacy characters that have been on our show for decades. Melody Thomas Scott will be celebrating her 40th year on the show in February. Peter Bergman just reached his 30th anniversary in November. Eric Braeden started in 1980. We just have an incredible arsenal of actors who are so talented and play these characters so well that you don’t even realize they’re characters. They become people who are part of your life, part of your daily existence.”

As for the continual investment and ways the audience watches the show on various platforms, McDaniel expresed: “The great thing about daytime television is we have loyal, passionate viewers, and they really like to tune in day and date. They want to stick with their stories and see what’s happening today. … Having said that, The Young and the Restless is also one of the top streamed shows on CBS.com. As trends evolve, we are where our viewers are, and we’re making shows readily accessible so they can get their fix and follow their stories.”

So, what do you think about Y&R? Will it remain if and when all other soaps have come to theirconclusion? Do you think it will continue on for years to come, given its position at number #1? Comment below!

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Jacob Young Offers Up Thoughts On Rick and Maya’s Split On The Bold and the Beautiful

As fans of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful know, Daytime Emmy-winner Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) has been off the canvas for some time, and the actor had gone on recurring status with the series.

Young has been busy with other projects involving acting roles, his You Tube show, and music career, but certainly is open to a return to the soap opera.

But after the cover of this week’s Soap Opera Digest hit newsstands; which indicates that Rick and Maya have split with the return on-air of Karla Mosley (Maya) (who had been off the show for maternity leave), it clearly looks like the show is moving in a different direction.

Jacob took to Twitter to offer up his feelings on the matter tweeting: “I for one am incredibly sad and disappointed. Rick and Maya have split. (Love that would never die) I loved working with Karla Mosley.  it has been the highlight of my 21 year career in daytime. TRUST ME when I say your opinion matters.”

Since that posting, fans of the couple known as #Raya, have been voicing their thoughts and sharing photos of the on-screen duo.  Young responded to one in particular saying, “Who remembers this? Gosh, I miss Maya.”  In it,the posting read: “This is heartbreaking, Raya was the only example of what true love looks like on that soap!”

Previously, B&B has told the emotional and socially-relevant love story of a transgender woman falling in love with one of the men of the wealthy and renowned Forrester family.

So, what do you think of Jacob’s comments?  Do you want Rick back on the canvas?  What should then happen next for Maya with no Rick?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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