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Kassie DePaiva and Kristen Alderson Interview – One Life to Live Farewell

In their final video interview with On-Air On-Soaps as cast members of One Life to Live (taped at the series final press junket) an emotional Kassie DePaiva (Blair) & Kristen Alderson (Starr) discuss playing the popular on-screen mother/daughter duo in the dysfunctional Manning family. In addition, they share their thoughts on working with Trevor St. John (Todd/Victor Jr.), and what the amazing fans of OLTL have meant to them personally and professionally.

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lorraine
lorraine

I am going to miss this show especially Vick and Clint. I always come home to see my favorite show and which that one day i can be a guest. Love you all guys and sorry to see it end.

Leslie Scott
Leslie Scott

I cannot tell you how it saddens me to see my favorite soap go off the air.i have gotten to know and love the cast of oltl for over 20 years and have watch the show for over 30 years.the cast and crew of oltl have become a family to me especially since i was diagnoised with stomach cancer.i breaks my heart to see the show end.

linda otey
linda otey

they are playing some of the episodes on soapnet (until soapnet goes off the air, I have heard) early in the morning 2am cst if you would like to watch them and this week in texas it will be on tues wed thurs and fri-hope that helps. Also don’t forget about 4 of the actors going to General Hospital in February, john,star todd and blair, hopefully maybe more as it continues. and nora is going to be on bold and beautiful. maybe that will help you some, and I wish the very best for you with your diagnosis. Linda Parris Otey

Mary
Mary

I’m going to miss OLTL too. I love the Mannings, especially Todd and Blair. ABC, don’t you see what a huge error you’ve made?!?!

Tammy Grzenia
Tammy Grzenia

omg i was smiling just so happy to see them in the interview ,also with tears running down my face . today broke me to pieces. today i just started screaming out i hate you abc so much how could you do this to everyone.we love this show and amc .this is not fair .

Debra
Debra

Totally agree!

gloria
gloria

Oh, me too. ABC is making such a big mistake. Why can they not SEE THAT??

Susan M.
Susan M.

Because thet have a thick head… One thing failed with Prospect Park… They refuse to try again….. ABC won’t lift a finger to help OLTL!!! Tey will be SORRY!! The interview is sad to me because you will never see these people again!! I’m recording the last five episodes on dvd this week… Again ABC will be SORRY!!1 THE REVOLUTION will BOMB !!! I mean this statememt!!! Another show I will never watch!!!!!! Only reason I watched ABC all these years was because of ONE LIFE TO LIVE!! THAT’s the only reason.. Now I have no reason to watch ABC!!! YOU STINK ABC in a BIG WAY!!!! No wonder CBS is #1…

MEG
MEG

I WILL MISS THEM SO MUCH, I’M SO HAPPY TO HEAR WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT TREVOR,

karen irvin
karen irvin

I am so sad to have to say goodbye to yet another one of my favorite shows. you were a huge part of my life for the past 40 some years. I’m 58 and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t watch One Life and All My Children. I actually mourned the loss and I’m sure I’m not alone. I wish the best to all the talented actors and especially to Kristin with her beautiful voice. Loved her song today of “One Life To Live”.

Debbie
Debbie

totally agree, I have watched OLTL from the first airing with Vicky, Meredith Larry Vince, Karen . It has been part of my life for 40 years, I am also 58 and I can’t remember a time when i didn’t watch OLTL and General Hospital. I started watching with my Grandma. The only show left to watch on ABC is GH.after that I will not watch ABC anymore, there is no reason, they have removed anything worth watching. Who needs more reality shows there is way too much information already. We are on information overload.
I have vcr and dvr the shows for years and watched at night when I came home from work.. I am so sad , the cast of OLTL has been an extended family and will be greatly missed. Thank you, cast of OLTL for your dedication to your fans and your great work.. you will all be greatly missed.

gloria
gloria

Agree, I am 51 & remember when OLTL first started. My mother watched & one day I got in trouble & put in the corner & remember sneaking down the hall & peeking into the living room when I heard OLTL coming on! I was 8 or 9. I too have gone to great lengths to keep up with all of my shows over the years. I’d be recording CBS on one VCR & ABC on another & trying to watch NBC live on a little black & white tv I had stuck under my desk at work! You said it-information overload is right & guess what? There is never any NEW information is there? Do I want to listen to an ob-gyn on January 16? What the hell is she gonna tell me that I need to hear?

Debbie
Debbie

That is exactly the way I feel.. Hasn’t all of this already been covered on OPRAH. DR OZ, Dr. Phil.. and all the other talk shows, enough talking……. been there done that..
Give us back our show.. OLTL..or bring it to primtime.
and get rid of some of the junk that is on.

Alice Angelis
Alice Angelis

It is so sad and depressing to see our favorite soaps to be going off the air, and being replaced with more talk shows and cooking , I watched these shows for over 40 years, its very sad , its like loosing my best friends, even though its just TV, it was my daily getaway to watch my favoite soaps…… I hope they have the show on the internet. or another channel,

Shauna
Shauna

OLTL’s cancellation is a major blunder by ABC. I must thank the cast and crew for one of the finest hours of entertainment in television. Kassie and Kristen are huge talents and I only hope they will find new ‘life’ on a TV or movie screen very soon!

hummingbird
hummingbird

Michael, I think it is FANTASTIC that like us OLTL fans, OLTL is your favorite soap as well. It’s comforting to know in OLTL’s final hours your grieving right along with us. Thank you so much for going out of your way, to cover OLTL with honor & praise the best way you knew how. Thank you! I enjoyed all your interviews especially your latest with Kristen & Kassie.
Long live the Manning’s!

audrey
audrey

I watched One Life to Live for years and can’t believe they canceled it.The cast will live on in my memory.There is some many ways they could have written it.I just hope they can get it on the internet with all the original casts that are currently with the show but I know better than to hold my breathe.I’d like to thank them for intertaining me all these years,it was a blast.Good Bye to all the cast and thank you for being so good at what you do.

Tonja Walker
Tonja Walker

Great Job…

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

To one of the genre MOST BEAUTIFUL women…been watching you since GH., breathtaking. Paying Homorage. Ok:

This is what WE as a soap community is doing about it. First of all (Lucille- see below on site) that is a valid point and GOOD suggestions you made about getting RID of comcast, to make sure you have NO DISNEY CHANNELS. YOU NEED TO COPY/PASTE THAT ALL OVER THIS SITE, and at abc.com. (We really have to take a stand and live up to the CONVICTIONS of it.)
SECONDLY: JOIN US….. We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s. PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, and ALL the other soap sites you know of. Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON
AND DON’T FORGET YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA to POST on sites too: Cancel Cable (that means Disney) and get a DISH instead. Brilliant!!!!!

krktoday
krktoday

In the past two year’s every show I love has gone. I watched ATWT’s and GL from the 50’s. I watched AMC and OLTL for all these year’s. Oprah, Desperate Housewive’s, Joy Behar, Regis, Larry King. I watched all these every time they were on. I practically dont even need a tv anymore. I will continue to watch GH but that will be the only show left on ABC worth tuning in to. I hope Cassie pop’s up on GH next. I wll really miss her. Roger too. Blair and Todd were by far my favorite’s on OLTL. Next Friday will be a very sad day for so many people ranging from us sitting home watching to the actor’s who will be out of work. HATE ABC

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

What we have to is:
We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s, (JOIN US)PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states.

krktoday
krktoday

What is a soap bar?

barbara t
barbara t

Thats funny ,I hope you are kidding and you know what a bar of soap is.It can come in liquid form to ,And I will say what 1loveabcsoaps ,go to the dollar store and you can get a few bars DIRT CHEEP.

Heather
Heather

A bar of soap

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

A (soap bar) is a bar of soap. I would get on you for that BUT since we are in this same quest together, and the stress of the matter, I’m going to show some love behind it. LOL
Get them at the dollar store if you dont have any extra’s in the house OR favorite brands of yours that you dont want to send off. That way (at the dollar store) you can send ANY OLD KIND- and send more than 1 since you can get up to 3 for dollar. I sent 6 bar’s. $2. Lol Let abc use them to CLEAN up the mess they have made with peoples jobs, and our hearts. : ( I bet abc. studio’s wont like a BIT being BOMBARDED with soap coming in across the United States anc Canada.

sheila
sheila

i am so sorry but i think they are so wrong for taking our shows from us this is all we have to watch i am a stay home mom and this was no where right to do this they need to put this show back on now what am i going to do with my day now nothing bc they took it
sheila

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

What we have to is:
We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s, (JOIN US)PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON

iluvssw
iluvssw

All I have to say is Thank You, Michael, Kassie and Kristen!

lucille mason
lucille mason

since the soaps will soon be gone,there will be no reason to watch abc or soapnet anymore.for christmas we have boycotted all disney products, since we have new baby now, thats quite of bit of money we spent elsewhere. and we are seriously thinking of getting rid of comcast. thats another 165 month,can get dish alot cheaper, we don’t need any disney channels now.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

First of all Lucille, that is a valid point and GOOD suggestions you made about getting RID of comcast, to make sure you have NO DISNEY CHANNELS. YOU NEED TO COPY/PASTE THAT ALL OVER THIS SITE, and at abc.com. (We really have to talk a stand and live up to the CONVICTIONS of it.)
SECONDLY: JOIN US….. We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s. PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, and ALL the other soap sites you know of. Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON
AND DON’T FORGET YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA to POST on sites too: Cancel Cable (that means Disney) and get a DISH instead. Brilliant!!!!!

Julie
Julie

I’m a nurse and mother of two. I looked forward everyday to watching OLTL. I DVRd it and watched it every evening. This will be a big void. No more ABC for me

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Julie, go above your comment (and the one above that one) in THIS reply and read what Lucille decided to do and what ” WE” as a soap community is doing about it……

cloakes
cloakes

Can anyone tell me how to get a copy of the song that Kristen sang today. I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I have tried looking on Amazon but have had no luck. I thought it was titled OLTL. Thank you to everyone for the 40 + years I will miss the show greatly.

Nancy
Nancy

I thought OLTL would be seen on the internet, where and when??? I do not want to miss a single episode!!!

M
M

Unfortunately, One Life To Live will not be continuing on the Internet. The company couldn’t raise enough money to do it.

Heather
Heather

It’s not happening anymore. That interview was probably made before Prospect Park scrapped the project in November.

Lisa Boring
Lisa Boring

I am soo sad. OLTL never got old. It was the high light of my day, every day. I’m in a wheelchair & at home all the time. I get very bored. Now I have nothing to look forward too. I have been watching OLTL for so many years. I remember when Vickie had a sister named Meredith. I think the show was in black & white! I hate reality shows. ABC sold out for the almighty $$. I thought Soaps would be around forever. I thought someday if I ended up in a nursing home at least I’d have my Soaps. I also watched AMC. I remember when Erica was a virgin!! So this is very upsetting for me. Goodbye my friends……

Heather
Heather

OLTL is the best soap out there. I do regurarly watch the other four soaps because I don’t want them to suffer the same fate as OLTL, but it’s just not the same as OLTL.

RIP OLTL (1968-2012)

gloria
gloria

I thought soaps would be around forever too. You are so right-about someday maybe being in a nursing home but at least having your soaps. That’s the thing about soaps, they are (were) constant, always there day in & day out-you could count on that. I don’t have a large family anymore. My older relatives have died & the younger ones are scattered around. I particularly enjoy the holiday episodes on all the shows, it give you the chance to experience family holidays that you might not have anymore! So upsetting for me too.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Thanks So Much, Kassie & Kristen!! 😀 😀

BARBARA J
BARBARA J

Wow Kassie I am sure gonna miss watchin you on the show.Who would have ever thought as you were in the high school play Passionella that you would end up on a soap opera.Congradulations on a great career and your fans in Union County Ky look forward to see where you go next! Best wishes.

Lisa
Lisa

I will miss Pne Life to Live !I am deeply saddling that the show is coming to an end and deeply disappointed that the channel that has carried the show for years is canceling the show .Will miss you all kassie

Susan
Susan

I’m still in disbelief that OLTL only has 5 more episodes. I am 51 and I’ve been watching since I was 17 yrs old. I used to tape it on VHS and now I DVR it everyday. Theses people are like my second family, how do you say goodbye to them? I am in mourning already. ABC made a huge, huge mistake! I give these crap replacement shows less than one to be cancelled. I vow NEVER to watch anything on ABC ever again, including primetime. Boy did they get this wrong thinking we don’t want entertainment. I am a college educated woman who works in the software industry, but ABC thinks only stay-at-home moms or seniors watch the soaps. WRONG!!!! Goodbye to Llanview and all the exceptional actors & actresses whom shall live in my heart forever.

gloria
gloria

Gosh Susan-agree with every word! I am 51 too & could have written your post. My sentiments exactly. I manage a law firm but also manage to keep up with my soaps. They keep me sane!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Go Gloria, you are a POWER woman!

candace bigleman
candace bigleman

Love our Daytime!

barbara t
barbara t

This is so sad,abc let alot of people down,Looks like you watched these soaps for as long as I have,tuning into the abc soaps have been a very big part of my life,every day 5 days a week,started watching with general hospital,from the beginning ,do you think we can sue abc for mental distress?because loosing one life to live will be the hardest to let go of.abc put alot of people out of work ,that means more families going without.Never would I believe that abc would screw the soap fans and all the people involved with the soaps over money with cheep programing ,crap tv that I wouldnt want to be caught watching,and never will be caught watching ,except for general hospital goodbye abc.

gloria
gloria

Mental distress is right. I have been just sick over this since Nov. 23 when the announcement came that the show was not going online. I have had trouble sleeping & just feel very angry at ABC & SO resentful of these awful replacement shows. I cannot stand to see the promos for them. On New Year’s Eve I was sitting there enjoying OLTL with tears in my eyes one minute, laughing out loud the next when suddenly in the corner of the screen it says “Coming January 16, The Revolution” I nearly died. Does ABC actually think that ANYONE who is watching & loving OLTL would effing look forward to January 16 & that crap? They just pile it on, insult to injury every day. ABC hates soaps & I hate them.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

As someone stated aboves on this site, get rid of your cable (that takes care of paying for any Disney Channels stu), and get a Dish to get your channels., and send bar’s of soap tp the ABC studio’s in NYC, and let abc be BOMBARDED with soap coming in from all over across the U. S. They will surelly get the part. We are all doing it. Join us, and pass this along across any and all soap opera web sites, especially abc,com comment/blog area after the OLTL commentary. This had to be a JOINT effort.

Lisa H
Lisa H

I’m still in denial that OLTL is going off the air in one more week. I’ve watched all the ABC soaps off and on for about 40 years (since I was a little girl watching with my mom), and OLTL has always been my very favorite. I cannot believe that another station or cable network hasn’t snapped up OLTL and AMC. I’m still hoping and praying that one will come to its senses and that our beloved “friends” will come back to us… because that’s what the soap characters are to me… friends whose lives I’ve followed for most of my own.

Susan
Susan

Ditto, except I’ve never stopped watching OLTL. I gave up GH a long time ago (early 80’s) and AMC about 10 yrs ago but I’ve NEVER stopped watching OLTL. To me it has always been the best of the 3 and always the one thats been so under rated compared to the others. I am also holding onto a glimmer of hope that someone can save OLTL. I call it denial, because I have read the executive producer Frank Valentini has been asked to go to GH and he has already accepted that offer.

amy cornell
amy cornell

Kassie & Kristen, I will so miss you both. I wish you both all the best. i’m so sad OLTL is ending. I’ve been wathcing it for years.

Angela Riddell
Angela Riddell

What a beautiful interview! Michael, thank you for the interviews you’ve conducted with the fabulous actors from One Life To Live. Kassie and Kristen, I will be following your future endeavors as you are both brilliant! Bar none, OLTL has the most talented cast ever. ABC has lost many, many viewers as of Jan. 16, 2012, excepting General Hospital. What a huge mistake they made…thank you all for the years in Llanview…

mary jane berry
mary jane berry

This is truely killing me that the show is going off, I have watched oltl since day one.I have been to see them every year in florida for the soaps fest and now i feel like i am losing my family, they are not just characters to me they are friends and not to beable to tune in and see how their day is going is going to be very sad to me…. as for Abc i will never watch these new shows.. it’s not like we needed another reality show and the chew it wont last… shame shame on ABC they have ruined so many lives…………….r R I P One Life To Live

Dawn Gamboa-Nappi
Dawn Gamboa-Nappi

I also have been watching for 40 yrs. I am 53. i love cooking shows but will not watch the CHEW. At this time , when I watch my SOAPS, It is complete mind vacation from my day. I tune out everything else & this is MY time. I truly do not know what I am going to do. Thank you writers, producers & cast for giving my mind a vacation everyday for the last 40 yrs. I will miss you so…..

Vicki
Vicki

Great interview with Kassie & Kristen. They truly are like mother and daughter. I watched Starr grow up, and it is so nice that Kristen played the role from when she was 6 till the end. She is a talented actress and I wish her well, and will miss her as Starr. Kassie is amazing as Blair. She has chemistry with every actor she has worked with. When Roger came back as Todd, the chemistry was explosive. They were perfect together. I am looking forward to seeing Kassie at Loving Llanview on Jan. 21.

todd
todd

I just want to thank Kassie for all the entertainment she has provided for us for the last 19 years. Year after year she has delivered amazing performances…..that have largely gone unnoticed. I look forward to see what great things Kassie will be involved with next. Any project will be lucky to have her.

Beverly Salhany
Beverly Salhany

PLEASE COME BACK OLTL

Sarah Lindsay
Sarah Lindsay

All I can say is Lawd Lawd.What is wrong with ABC.I will never understand how you can take away something good and replace it with slop.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Someone on here requested the where abouts of this song, just found it, posted below.

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Heather Juarez
Heather Juarez

Wow I’m so shocked why is the show leaving I luv one life to live ,please don’t go if I wake up tomorrow will u still be here.

Doe
Doe

Michael, I loved the interview with Kristen and Cassie. They have represented a loving mother, daughter relationship so well on OLTL. And yes, Starr grew up fast because she had to. We all love Starr. And Kristen and Cassie are so talented . They should really put an act together They both are singers and could go on the road. The fans would go crazy for them. And they could play off each other and also make money at the same time. How about Vegas?..I say, go girls….

Robin625
Robin625

Saddest day approaching. Only soap fans can relate to the feelings of…what am I going to watch now? Why am I losing my friends? These brilliant people have had me on the edge of my seat every day for over 30 years. Change is good, but not this kind of change. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! This show was not broken, the people behind the people are. They’ve made a huge mistake and they will be kicking themselves real soon. Hit me up on twitter @Robin625!

debbie
debbie

I am done with ABC

PattyJean
PattyJean

So very sad tonight about the lost of good-ol’ American entertainment; some of our SOAPS: Said goodbye to AMC, am in mourning for OLTL, stung by the end of SoapNet (come March), and hurt by the possibility of GH “going out of business” in the Fall . Today, I pledge my presidential vote to the candidate who brings back the Soap Opera to daytime TV, (particularly to ABC-Disney) !!! And I’m only halfway joking about that, Mr. Obama, etc. Maybe, Sir, Oprah could bring her forceful presence back to weekdays as Secretary Of Soaps, eh ?! AMEN.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Patty, loved………loved your comment. Very creative. Uh, “your presidential vote, Oprah’s forceful presense back to weekdays as Secretary Of Soaps”. Now that is creative, BUT makes ALOT of sense. Oprah NEEDS the viewership on her NETWORK, which maybe failiing BC people are TIRED OF REALITY TELEVISON. Patty Jean, STROLL down 4 places on this page, see Heather’s name AND my reply and JOIN our movement in fighting back. IMPORTANT.

barbara t
barbara t

GOOD IDEA, but she was already asked to take the soaps ,I think she should have taken the soaps and ran with them,would have improved her ratings,so im sorry, but if she wasnt bright enough to save the soaps the first time ,how can she become the secretary of soaps ?however Im sure there is someone out there,who we can trust and have obama appoint them as the top soap zar,Is that how zar is spelled?

barbara t
barbara t

OOPS its czar.

Rebecca
Rebecca

The soaps are a part of our tv history..Been watching since the 1950’s..Like saying good bye to an old friend..I wonder how long GH and The Bold and the Beautiful will last..I expect they all will be taken off eventually..

dominicsmythe
dominicsmythe

what?!! the saddest part of this interview is that kassie says blair is a “perennial loser at love”…. this SUCKS!!!!!!!!

Heather Juarez
Heather Juarez

I’m so upset ryt now I don’t want the show go off air, I have watching the show for 4 yrs now and it’s the best show on abc , I think days of our lives now that show is stupid but I know that comes on nbc I growed up with days of our lives bcuz my family liked it nd I did to at one point but it just don’t make since but I went on my own way and found my own show that I like and I reall y love the hot guy’s that are in one life to five rex, ford those are the two are mmmmm to me, and my son say’s mommy is one life to live is on he loves to to watch that show u are making a big mistkate I really falled in luv with this show, now what am I going to watch nothing is on like one life to live. I am crying bcuz I won’t see my cute men any more and jessica, starr, dani, blair, john,bo, nora, naty, ford, rex, gigi, james, nate, vicki, clint, todd if I left any one out srry I luv u all I hope u will neaver will the show I hate 2012 it’s not bringing me luck it’s bringging me back luck bcuz my show is going off the air . Like starr was singing u only have one life to live, please don’t let this one life to live go off air can u please think about it hard bcuz u already have a lot people don’t want the show go off the air thanks a lot Heather ps: I just had to say what’s on my mind u only have one life to live that’s true don’t mess this up for all the fans who watches the show and I’m one of them.

angela
angela

This is such a debacle that there are no words to express what abc has done. I am a faithful 41 year viewer and the void that I will feel come Jan 16 is overwhelmning. The first thing abc should have learned from this mess that the rating system needs a MAJOR overhaul. True not many people watch the show at 2:OO BUT they dvr it, record it, watch the many chances to catch that days episode on soapnet. There is hulu and abc.com. This show has many many viewers that just were not counted. Frons is gone? Big deal, too little to late. I think that abc may continue to suffer the consequences of their actions. It would be great if they would clean the egg off their faces, admit they made a HUGE mistake and reverse the cancelation. But we all know that the almighty money machine that is know as Disney would never admit to anything, much less a mistake. I think it’s ironic that the name of the show to replce our beloved oltl is called the revolution. Because the fans will have their revolution when all those tv’s go off at that time and abc suffers an even greater finanical loss then they claimed producing these shows cost them.

PattyJean
PattyJean

Our show DESERVES more than only ONE Life To Live !!!

meary
meary

glad starr and blair and todd(rh) are going to gh!!! taping at the end of this month!!! yayyyyy!!!

bree
bree

another network needs to pick it up and slightly rename it :ONE MORE LIFE TO LIVE

Susie
Susie

Today is one of the worst days in television EVER and one of the worst days in my life !! I have been watching for 37 years… OLTL is and always will be my favorite show. I’m devestated, disgusted and sick at heart… even the news of the GH crossover is not enough to keep my heart from breaking today!

Patricia Marino
Patricia Marino

I miss OLTL so much they were like a family to me I will never watch the crap that ABC chose to put on.

Judi
Judi

I still miss OLTL and it has been a long time now but watching Star and Todd and John McBain on GH,, I keep thinking about the great story lines on OLTL and how great it was! Shame on ABC for cancelling and not listening to the viewers. We all tweeted, fb, emailed, called to ABC,, to no avail… Kassie! ( Blair) I am so sad and angry that you did not go to GH, I know you were excited about it! The first scene with Carly and you having a drink to the men.. omg, I thought what a great story line beginning either cat fights or bff! would have been great…Alot of fans let ABC CEO’s know exactly how they feel about the cancelation of OLTL and then Blair not going to GH!! Thank you and Star for a long journey that I loved everyday!! I use to tape the shows, then DVR came out,,I am in my 40’s and for years I would run home after work and watch OLTL,, and call my friends family,and co-workers we would talk on the phone for hours about OLTL and who did what,, and it was like family.. I wish you The Best and hope and pray that soon, some network will wake up and bring back OLTL.. I mean we have 1000 channels! If any network out there was smart they would bring back the soaps! we don’t even have soapnet anymore it is Disney jr!! There is an out pour for OLTL.. if a network wants to make some money!! I miss you and wish you well, and have not given up on seeing you Blair (Kassie) on GH!! what a story that would be.. better yet.. OLTL back with all the actors I loved for years!! God Bless!

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NATAS President, Adam Sharp Talks On Daytime Emmy Review Findings & Plans For Change To Competition Process

In the aftermath of the letter that was sent to NATAS from daytime drama executives and producers demanding immediate change to the Daytime Emmys contest procedures, guidelines, or they would boycott participating in the upcoming 46th Annual competition, earlier today NATAS and its new president, Adam Sharp, released the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations levied against the academy and its annual competition.

After the full findings came to light , seemed to address most of the concerns raised by the four network soaps, Michael Fairman TV spoke with Adam Sharp to dive into what the reports means for change and evolution of the Daytime Emmys, and if it can resolve the issues so that General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of our Lives will come to the table and participate in the only kudofest honoring excellence in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes for daytime programming,

Here’s what Adam had to say about the key points addressed in our conversation below.

Transparency was a key issue noted by the soap producers in their concerns levied against NATAS.   One of the points centered around if NATAS had prior knowledge of the winners before the opening of the envelopes at the ceremony and the integrity of the contest.  What can you detail what the investigation found?

ADAM:  On the matter of whether anyone had prior knowledge to the winners, the reports clearly state that there is no evidence to support that. To the concern raised on the arm’s length distance necessary between us and the accountants we use to tally the votes, again there is no evidence to suggest that there was anything short of what you would expect of the standards of the competition. What it did find was that there were processes that either by virtue of generosity and us trying to be helpful when they asked, or by a lack of documentation to make people aware of policies and procedures, that created the appearance of unfairness, or unbalance in the process that may have been completely unintentional.  For example, the report noted that we did not have a published procedure for appealing decisions or filing any concerns or complains.  Some of this started because of one entrant in a digital category that raised concerns, and it was certainly elevated when the four soaps sent their letter, but without a published procedure, you’re really putting the onus on the entrants to know who to call and how to bring their concern.  So, that creates a system where there’s an imbalance because someone who doesn’t know who to call, doesn’t get the same hearing.  Likewise, if someone has made a mistake or technical error in their entry, and they happen to have entered the process early, and we catch it, we, in the past, have gone back to people and said, “Hey, I don’t think you intended to do this.  Would you like to resubmit?”  But if someone is entering at 11:59:59 on deadline night, they won’t necessarily have that.  Again, completely unintentional, but it could be argued that it created an imbalance or bias in the process, and the report made that clear.  For those types of things, we are going to crack down and be more consistent about our policies.  I told Brent and David that it’s going to mean saying no a lot more often in terms of giving waivers and extensions, and the types of things that we have done in the past to help people along. It is going to mean being more transparent and public about what our policies and procedures are so that every entrant has the equal set of knowledge to work from.

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Does this mean a demotion for David Michaels, Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards?

ADAM:  Absolutely not.  That’s something that I want to put a very strong pin in right here.  David led the 2018 Daytime Emmys to record participation and a growing audience.  This new resourcing of the team allows him to be more singularly focused on doubling down on that success for 2019.  The Daytime Emmys are the only entertainment award show to have posted year-over-year audience growth from 2017 to 2018, and more than 30% increase in the number of entries.  The report rightly noticed that we did not do enough administratively to scale to that growth and to bring the resources to manage that added audience, and that added interest from competitors.  So, now we are going to make sure that David and Brent Stanton (Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards) each have the support and focus they need to be successful.

When the letter from various soap producers pointed out a “conflict of interest” for having the executive producer of the Daytime Emmys ceremony also be the awards administrator, many were wondering how that would shake out, or how NATAS planned to deal with this complaint.

ADAM:  Obviously, “conflict of interest” is a legal term of course, but I think that what the reports found was that it was not a conflict of interest.  It was a conflict of time, and many of the more specific errors that were raised in the report, as I said to David, occurred in the 25th hour of the day.  So, that is where it was really a resourcing problem, and a lack of procedure and policy problem.  The lack of resourcing created the environment for something to go wrong, and the lack of policy and procedure created an ad hoc nature for how we address those problems and made that ad hoc response open to questions because there was no prior documentation that this was how these things should be handled.  So, hopefully we have addressed each of these areas going into 2019, and that gives us a chance at a fresh start with the community.

 

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In response to the internal investigation findings, you mentioned you would bring additional resources to the Daytime Emmys, additional help in the operations, and you would add a “second pair of eyes”.  Would you potentially let people know who is in those positions that would be working with David Michaels and Brent Stanton?

ADAM:  Yes, so we are absolutely at a minimum committed to adding one full time position, and a handful of part time positions for that initial vetting process of the competition; that review of entries to make sure they meet the technical requirements, rules, and guidelines of their categories.  Now, in the past, there would be one individual, one set of eyes conducting that review, but now, we are modifying our policies such that before any adverse decision is made, such as disqualifying an entry, a second pair of eyes review it and give their independent assessment of the technical criteria and qualifications of the entry, so that there can be more confidence that multiple perspectives were employed before making any decision that could have an adverse effect on an entry.

Could a daytime drama actor participate and submit their work on n their own without the show being a part of it, if let’s say, the soaps won’t participate as a whole? And on that note, what would be the plans moving forward for the Daytime Emmys if the soaps decide not to participate in the competition?

ADAM:  If an actor or actress wishes to enter on their own with their soap still not participating: our rules permit anyone to enter independent of their program.  So, there is not a requirement that a show participate for an individual performer on that show to participate.  That said, they need to have the actual material to submit, and certainly a performer on that show is not necessarily the owner of that show and the owner of that content.  So, the question of whether they would have the necessary access to and rights to the video material to submit, that would be a question to the show producers as to what they would allow of that. In terms of the Daytime Emmy ceremonies moving forward without the soaps, the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and hopefully, it won’t come to that.  We have had constructive conversations with each of the broadcast soaps and believe our response and support goes a long way to addressing their concerns.  So, we are looking forward to having them.  Of course, they have a number of colleagues in digital drama, children’s programming, gameshows, and the rest of daytime television that we still expect to have a robust program at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys in May of 2019.

You had mentioned that when you saw the results of the report that you felt it was very thorough, and you felt it pointed out things that needed to be fixed.

ADAM:  Yes, the report was exceedingly thorough and fair.  It delivered criticism where criticism was due, and there were a number of areas where we should have and must do better in the management of the Daytime Emmys and our other awards competitions.  I think the report certainly examined every issue that had been raised by members of the Daytime community and then some.  It allowed us to think about what actions we can take as a team to address each of those points.  I don’t think any awards show in our space has ever undertaken such an in-depth introspection of their procedures, yet alone made it public.  So, hopefully we are a trend-setter here.

The report indicates that NATAS will work more closely with the Television Academy (ATAS).  That seems to always be a point of contention.  How do you see yourself improving participation with them to engage that academy in more of the process?

ADAM:  So, the relationship between the two academies has strengthened incredibly in the past year, largely through the leadership of our respective chairman, Terry O’Reilly, the chairman of NATAS, who was elected earlier this summer and Hayma Washington at the Television Academy.  Obviously, they are going to have a new election soon as Hayma is retiring from the role.  So, we can continue that momentum into 2019.  What we note in our response to the report, was that one element of concern raised in the letter from the four soap producers was the mix of Television Academy members on our judging panels, and we want to be responsive to that.  We are prepared to make Television Academy membership a much higher priority in our consideration of judges for these panels, but obviously accessing that membership and engaging that membership requires a deeper partnership with the Television Academy, and we will see to that.

You are starting the call for entries on Monday, November 12th.  If the daytime dramas don’t participate within the timeframe you’ve given, do you see yourself adjusting the timeframe for the soaps if they were to say, “We want to work somethings out before we commit,” or are you just going to move forward if they are not participating in the deadlines you’ve set?

ADAM:  Our deadlines are going to be rather firm for all entrants.  We have a show date set for May and a process that moves backward from there in terms of the time that is needed.  Certainly, the fact that we have added additional review steps and procedures makes that timeline even more critical.  So, we are not going to be in a position to be extending extensions really to anyone.  In fact, the report specifically discourages granting extensions to anyone because that could create the appearance of unfairness that some types of entries get more time than other types of entries.  We welcome everyone, and if by the entry deadline there are particular genres, programs, or individuals that choose not to participate, we will miss them, hope they attend the show in May, and hope we can reengage them for 2020.

If the soaps did not participate in the 46th annual Daytime Emmys, but decided to come back later, it is my understanding that there would just be one drama category whereby web series and daytime soaps would be competing together in that.  Is that potentially what could happen?

ADAM:  I don’t want to go too many branches down off a tree of ‘what if’s,’ but our policies and guidelines do allow that if a category does not have a sufficient number of participants to be competitive, then that category can be eliminated or merged with another category or have its entries moved into another category for the competition.  So, we will look at all of the categories once we have the entries to see which ones remain viable and which ones do not.  Certainly, the fact that we do have digital drama categories gives us a place to contribute to have a drama competition regardless of what mix of entries we have.  I suspect that once you combine those, it becomes very difficult to uncombine them in the future, but obviously the call to entries is revisited every year, so, I can’t think of any long-term prognostications beyond 2019.

Since you are relatively new to your position with NATAS, you probably weren’t expecting that the producers that signed the letter demanding that change and issues be addressed in regard to the Daytime Emmys or they would boycott, would be something you would be dealing with off the bat.  How did you feel about it?

ADAM:  Well, I’m obviously rather new to the role.  My first day as interim president was the day after the Daytime Emmy show this year.  I was only named the permanent president last week.  It was certainly a trial by fire.  I would not say that I had enough history with the daytime drama community to have any expectation one way or another, and I think that is also true of our chairman, Terry O’Reilly, who came into office on July 1st.  That said, in a world of looking for silver linings, I think it gave us an opportunity for a blank slate and a fresh start.  By the community raising these concerns to our attention, and allowing us to conduct this deep review and make it public and be responsive to the issues they raised, it gives us a lot more opportunity to strengthen that relationship in 2019 than if a lot of these concerns had just continued to deteriorate and be whispered about at various cocktail parties, but never really spoken up and therefore, never really addressed.  So, while it was a painful process and there were parts of this report that were difficult to read, I think it gave us the opportunity to start from scratch and to put some of that history behind us.

So, do you think NATAS has addressed the concerns of the daytime dramas? What did you think of the points raised by Adam Sharp in this interview? Do you hope the Emmys will continue as usual with all four network soaps participating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Eileen Davidson Farewell Y&R Interview: From Her Exit Storyline, To Her Co-Stars, And Her Decision To Leave

In a candid and heartfelt conversation, The Young and the Restless exiting Daytime Emmy-winning star, Eileen Davidson sat down with Michael Fairman to discuss her decision to exit the series after playing Ashley Abbott on and off since 1982.

Eileen’s final episodes are now airing on the CBS daytime drama series.  Just how will it end for Ashley?  How will she leave the canvas?  How sad will be her goodbyes?  Y&R fans are counting down now to just a few more airshows that feature Eileen.

During this interview for the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen clarified many points that the audience has wanted to know about or come to understand, in particular, what led to her making the decision to call it quits, and would she ever return and how would she feel if the series recast her role.

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In regard to what went into her decision to depart Genoa City, Eileen expressed: “It’s something I gave a lot of thought to.  Not something you can just go, ‘Gee, this week I want to leave!’  I was really thinking about it for over a year ago.  I talked it over with my husband and he was very supported of me.  My son is in high school and my stepson had left the nest and it had gone by so quickly.  I was like, ‘Wait! What happened?’  I was spending a lot of time in my car commuting; like two hours a day, and a lot of time in my dressing room, because our days are longer here than they used to be, and a myriad of reasons went into it.  It was not just one simple thing.  It was actually a whole bunch of reasons.  Even though I won the Emmy (Eileen won Lead Actress back in April of this year) I had pretty much decided long before then.  (Winning the Emmy) That was like “Oh, my God!”  That actually made me feel my timing was really right … I get this incredible nod right before I’m leaving.”

The emotional part of leaving the place she has called her home away from home for Davidson is saying goodbye to her beloved co-stars including; her on-screen big brother, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott).  As Y&R viewers know, over the years Jack and Ashley’s relationship, and Bergman and Davidson, have shared plenty of screen-time together.  Eileen also gives a very special thanks to the fans who have supported her through the years and who have followed Ashley’s journey.

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Davidson expressed on her final storyline revolving the “Blood Abbott” clause and how it all ties up, “It’s such a great way to go.  It’s so awesome how this whole thing comes up, and you realize how being an Abbott has affected her to her core.”

Now below watch Eileen’s farewell interview filled with clips from her performances and time on Y&R, and more heartfelt topics of conversation.

Then in the comment section below; tell us what you have thought of Ashley’s exit storyline?  What do you hope happens for Ashley? What was your favorite part of this interview and the sentiments shared by Eileen?  

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General Hospital

Genie Francis Talks On Her Return To GH, Fans Outcry Of Support & Her All-Time Favorite Storylines

On Tuesday, Genie Francis participated in a Satellite Media Tour with television stations and press outlets around the U.S. chatting it up on her return to her iconic role of Laura on ABC’s General Hospital.

Francis, who quickly wrapped-up her run after she was taken off-contract with the show back in January of this year, saw her and Laura exit Port Charles swiftly in a story-move that felt stilted to the audience.

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After a huge outpouring of support on social media, GH fans cried foul on the play and wanted one of the series mainstays of all-time back where she belonged.

Francis elaborate it on that in our interview on seeing the show of support: “I couldn’t believe how long it went on and how big it was.  I think part of that was it looked like they were finally giving me a story with the major storyline, and then they yanked it so quickly, and I think people felt cheated.”

GH listened and brought Genie back to the canvas with a new storyline that puts her front and center on the series, as Laura is unaware that her husband Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) is locked up in Ferncliff, while his evil twin Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has taken his place. Now Laura is reeling from the strange behaviors being exhibited by her “husband”. Will she figure it out in time? Will she run for mayor again?

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During her conversation with Michael Fairman TV and the Michael Fairman Channel, Genie touched on what she knew was going to be happening for Laura when she came to the show: “I knew we were going to start with the Ryan beat, which I thought was great. Everyone loves a good sociopath (laughs) and Jon (Lindstrom) is a wonderful actor.  It makes for an exciting story!”

Genie goes on to say that she is: “Just happy to have story, because it’s awfully boring to just be hanging around. I don’t want to be window-dressing. If it came to that, I think I might just leave.”

As to if Laura has a vendetta against Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) who for all intent and purposes murdered her son, Nikolas, Genie weighed-in: “She absolutely has a vendetta. I think right now, Laura who has the biggest heart and is kind of like the heroine of the show in many ways –  but this is the one person on the planet who she truly hates, and it would be interesting if she had to go through the exercise of forgiving him, but I also like that there is that one place where we can see all of that negativity and evil come out. I like that Laura has a dark side.  I really like that.”

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To find out some of Genie’s all-time favorite storylines and least favorite storylines and more on her return watch the video below and make sure to subscribe to The Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming interviews.

What do you think about Genie’s return to GH thus far and the sentiments shared in this interview? Comment below.

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