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Listen To The Broadcast: Soap Nation Live with Michael Fairman & Special Guests: GH's Donna Mills & Kristen Alderson, Y&R's Joshua Morrow and NASHVILLE'S Jonathan Jackson!

If you missed last night’s March broadcast of the monthly Internet radio series, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, not to worry, you can listen here to the archived broadcast of the entire show!

During Soap Nation Live, Michael welcomed very special guests: Knots Landing favorite and General Hospital guest star Donna Mils (Madeline), Nashville’s Jonathan Jackson (Avery), The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick), and General Hospital’s Kristen Alderson (Kiki) during the 90 minute plus episode!

Below we have provided a recap of some of the points discussed during each interview, and the exact time code to listen to the segments.  That way, if you want to listen to one of your favorites in our March special guest line-up, you can skip right to it and know where to locate it!

The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow shared his thoughts on his current storyline and the recent developments where Sharon (Sharon Case) just had electro-shock therapy, after recently having sex with Nick, and then seeing visions of Cassie (Camyrn Grimes) again!  Of course, it’s a Cassie lookalike who is carrying out this despicable mission to get the secret that Sharon is harboring for Victor (Eric Braeden)!  Joshua reveals his feelings on that twist in the storyline, and it may surprise you!  In addition, Joshua discusses the casting losses to Y&R this past year starting with the passing of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine).  Later, Joshua plays our game show segment this month entitled, “Who Knows Nick Newman Best?” and helps a lucky caller try to win some soaptastic tickets to see him and Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) at their upcoming personal appearance.  Joshua’s segment starts at 7:15 into the broadcast.

Next, we welcomed Nashville’s Jonathan Jackson to Soap Nation Live!  Jonathan discussed the changes to his character of Avery Barclay this season on the ABC Music City drama, and who he thinks the love of Avery’s life might just turn out to be… is it Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) …  or could it be Scarlett (Claire Bowen)?

After winning five Daytime Emmys for his portrayal of Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, Jonathan talks about working with his long-time on-screen scene partner Tony Geary (Luke), and the controversial storyline that had Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) sleeping with Lucky’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that is coming around again currently on the ABC soap opera, since Elizabeth recently admitted she loves Nikolas!

We also play an excerpt from Jonathan’s song with Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), “You Killed Romeo”  and get his comments, and discuss his burgeoning music career and new album that is the works! Jonathan’s segment begins at 33:00 into the broadcast.

During her Soap Nation Live appearance, Kristen Alderson revealed what it has been like to work with Tony Geary in the creepy Lucky and Kiki story point which is currently playing out on air that has Luke making sexual innuendos and physical advances to the much younger gal!  Kristen weighs-in on what she thinks has happened to an altered Luke Spencer!  In addition, she discusses the difficulties and challenges of playing Kiki in this storyline, her real life relationship with co-star Chad Duell (Michael), if she misses playing Starr Manning, what she thought of the ending of Starr’s storyline on ABC’s One Life to Live and what she thought of the abrupt ending to Prospect Park’s version of One Life to Live.  Now being placed in an on-screen family that includes daytime heavy-hitters Maura West (Ava) and Michael Easton (Silas) as her on-screen parents, she reveals her thoughts on being part of this new family dynamic and much more!  Plus, Kristen gives details on her upcoming musical appearance at Soap Stars Sing on April 11th.  Kristen’s segment begins at 48:25 into the broadcast.

We closed the broadcast with a fun and fantastic segment with Knots Landing favorite and current General Hospital guest star, Donna Mills (Madeline Reeves)!  Donna discussed: how GH head writer Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini pitched her the part of Madeleine, finding out that Ron was a huge fan of her work as Abby on Knots Landing, working with her new male GH co-stars Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and Michael Easton (Silas), and if she would like to do more episodes other than the original 12 she was slated for.  Plus, Donna offers a big tease that Madeline is far more scheming than Abby was on Knots!  And to look for a reveal in an upcoming episode that Madeline has a past with someone else on the GH canvas … but who is it?

Being that the pace of daytime can be  so daunting, Donna does discuss her conversation with Joan Van Ark (Val, KL) who for a period appeared on The Young and the Restless as Gloria, but opted not to continue because of the grind.  And for Knots Landing fans, Donna weighs-in on if she would want to do another “Knots” reunion special, her favorite Abby moments and storylines, and if she would love William Devane (Ex-Gregory Sumner, KL) to join her on GH!  It’s a not-to-be-missed interview.  Donna’s segment begins at 77:15 into the broadcast.

Listen below to the March edition of Soap Nation Live! Then, let us know what were your favorite parts?  Who did you enjoy hearing from the most?  What are you most excited about that was revealed by one of the guests?

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denisefan
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denisefan

Love Donna Mills!

Tommy Moss
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Tommy Moss

Poor Bill Bell would be rolling if he seen what Jill F. Phelps has done to his show and beloved characters. Really making a women grieving for her daughter go through ETC treatment and killing off little children for Halloween. What is she planing for an encore someone trashing up Mrs Chancellor’s remains.

Theresa
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Theresa

Please don’t bring back Phyllis. i never liked her . She broke Sharons heart

Deb V.
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Deb V.

Why did they make Sharon go through shock treatment I think its not fair. I hope Nick will never forgive Victor and we have Schick back! i did really love Sharon with Adam also . Just so upset what Sharon has been put through

Ella
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Ella

No way nobody like Nick with Phyllis! That was as wrong as Chelsea with Adam . Zero chemistry. Sharon is awesome with Nick or Adam. Victor better pay for what he did to Sharon. Im tired of Sharon being treated like a doormat . No we never need a Phyllis! WHAT we need is a Drucilla and Victoria Rowell for Neil ! Why why why can’t we get her back! Amber were is Amber . Daniel and Amber were beautiful. I don’t like the show always being Chelsea and Victor. No more of that.

Christina
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Christina

Sorry but I can NEVER look at Victor again. Im sick over this no joke. Loved Sharon with Nick for years then fell in love with Sharon and Adam then Nick and Sharon again. I just can’t stomach this what has been done to a grieving mother. Shameful , Nikki better leave Victor and Victor loses all . Can Sharon be happy now for goodness sakes

Bertha Gross
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Bertha Gross

Avery was boring with Nick and never liked Phyllis with Nick. Chelsea I really do not like with Adam. I loved so much Sharon and Adam. Nobody had that much sexual chemistry like Shadam . Schick is just magic! Schick the core of the show!!! …. Please bring back Dru for Neil . Loved them

Victoria
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Victoria

Please let SCHICK be happy! I will do a happy dance if Sharon and Nick have a beautiful summer romantic wedding! Find someone new for the new Adam I do not like Chelsea for him. I sleep through it

heidi
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heidi

Awesome show… Michael!!! Great guests… great interviews… lot’s of fun!!! Especially liked Donna Mills!!!

Connie
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Connie

YAY Y&R’s Sharon and Nick Newman all my reason to watch! I want Jack to be Summers father. I was so hurt Nick cheated on Sharon! Josh is right that 5 is a small number because in two years Chelsea has been with 3 men and almost 4 if lily didn’t stop her from stealing Cane like she stole Adam from Sharon!…….Never bring back Phyllis! The show Revenge is such a great show also.

su0000
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su0000

Great interviews!!!!!
I wish Sharon would be killed off and her and Cassie could be ghost’s together and off my screen/the story would end..
This ”who is the real daddy” story” is the longest longest longest never ending and most boring soap story ever..
Keep the interviews coming!!!!!! They are awesome!!!!

Sometime interview ALL the writers of GH 🙂 and the director too!!

Charday
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Charday

Good interviews. Especially liked Donna Mills.

DOE
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DOE

Fans and friends of Michael and his radio show that should have called in to talk to the stars on last Thursdays show, you really missed a great show. Lucky for you that now it is being aired. again. So listen in so you can hear what you missed..

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Bradford Anderson, Melissa Fumero & Juan Pablo Di Pace To Appear In Virtual ‘Ballots Over Broadway’

Some of your favorites who have been in both daytime and primetime soaps will be participating in this Friday August 7th’s virtual event, “Ballot Over Broadway” to benefit Higher Heights for America and Field Team 6.

Look for General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and former Dallas and Fuller House star, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Ex-Nicolas Trevino, Dallas) to join the likes of Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields and so many more from Broadway, TV and Film in an intimate evening songs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Amy and Ex-Adriana, respectively), will be speaking during the event.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

The event kicks-off at 8PM PST/11 PM EST and to be able to view make sure to get your tickets or to donate by going to this link here.

So might you join the virtual event and watch Bradford, Melissa and Juan Pablo? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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DALLAS Online Reunion Coming With Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and More

Time to revisit Southfork during the coronavirus pandemic, with news on Friday that some of the cast from the original CBS primetime soap, Dallas will be participating in an online virtual chat next week!

According to Deadline, confirmed thus far are: Patrick Duffy (Ex-Bobby), Linda Gray (Ex-Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Ex-Lucy) and Steve Kanaly (Ex-Ray).

They will all be part of the conversation on Friday, April 24th beginning at 8 p. m. EST.  The stars are taking part in the Stars in the House livestream series to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who have been bantering with cast members of several former and beloved shows, you can watch the virtual chat up on the Stars in the House website and on YouTube.

Since the first Stars in the House episode on March 16, the series has raised approximately $209,600 to benefit The Actors Fund.

So, will you be checking out the Dallas reunion next Friday? Comment below.

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