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Listen to the Show: Michael Fairman on Llanview P.A. Radio last night!

In case you missed last night’s edition of Llanview P.A. Radio with hosts Thomas Hart and Trudi Bills, On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman was the special guest for the full hour discussion of all things One Life to Live and Llanview!

Topics of conversation included: One Life to Live’s move online via Prospect Park, Frank Valentini’s new role as Vice President Serial Dramas with the company, the four actors who have made an early commitment to stay on with OLTL when the show moves to the web, and the original cancellation notice of OLTL and AMC being taken off the ABC Daytime line-up.  Plus, fans grieving the loss of their favorite daytime soaps.

Michael and the hosts also took calls from the listeners during the hour, all very passionate about the series, and wanting to know more about their favorites and the Prospect Park deal.

You can listen to the full episode in the player after the jump!

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This was a great interview. Really enjoyed listening to it…..loved to hear the insight that Michael had to offer about AMC/OLTL and Prospect Park. Michael said what I have been feeling about AMC for quite some time….the cast got screwed over with this move to California, promised things that never came to be and then were cancelled….so I can see them being a little skeptical about this whole Prospect Park venture. To me, and this is just my opinion, AMC has been in trouble for quite some time. I believe that there have been some major casting issues and some huge writing problems that essential brought AMC to the end of the road. As far as OLTL is concerned, I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why ABC cancelled this show. It is, no doubt, the best Daytime Drama on the air. AMC messed up by the recast of Liza….if you couldn’t get Marcy Walker, you should have just brought on Jamie Luner as a completely different character…I mean, it’s not like she acted like Liza one time, while on the show…so why not make her someone else. They messed up with the Colby Chandler recast…Ambyr Childers played the role best, so I don’t know why she wasn’t brought to mind, when the replaced Brianne Moncrief with Natalie Hall (who happens to be the absolute worst actress in the world- again that’s just my opinion.) The mountain man, Caleb & his son was a bad idea…. Marissa was a character that stuck around longer than her expiration date. And crazy woman scorned turned angel, Madison was a runaway train that crashed and burned, but viewers were left smelling the smoke for way too long. And then there was heroine turned nut-job…..Crazy Annie. They had a good character in her, at the beginning, but something went wrong with her a long time ago, and we all know what that was……Pratt!!! In order for AMC to survive, with this new Prospect Park venture is, they are gonna have to make some super smart casting decisions….and they are gonna have to get someone at the helm of the show to write their butt off….while still respecting the history, characters and fans of the show. Now that Eden is off Y&R, see if she wants to come back and play Bianca….Get Julia Barr to be your leading lady of AMC….the woman can act her tail off!! Give the characters their own lives and stories, and quit bunching everyone up together for the same story line…. More romance, more family…but give it an edge….. Oh and quit recycling writers from previously cancelled shows…..get some new blood with some fresh ideas to take AMC into the new internet medium. OLTL, I’m not too worried about….now that we have Frank on board, along with Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Kassie DePaiva, Ted King and now Sean Ringgold….more are sure to follow. Question for you Michael Fairman: Who is going to be taking on the Head Writer… Read more »

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

That was a wonderfully informative interview, Michael! 🙂

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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DWTS Host, Tom Bergeron Not Happy With “Divisive” Casting Choices Aimed At Sean Spicer

Controversy already erupted upon the announcement on Wednesday of the cast of the new season of Dancing with the Stars.  Most intriguing is that a statement from the longtime ABC series, host, Tom Bergeron revealed his hopes to the producers that their celebrity casting choices would be non-political in nature, especially after the ballroom dance competition had been on a year hiatus from the small screens.

Following the celebrity contestant reveal, which included former White House Press Secretary. Sean Spicer (who worked for President Donald Trump), the host released a statement via his Twitter account.  In it, Bergeron noted that he’d had lunch with the show’s new executive producer and had suggested some ideas for the show. Chief among them was that DWTS should avoid casting someone with “ANY party affiliations.”  When he left that lunch, Bergeron says he was convinced that would be the case.

Bergeron expressed: “It was my hope that ‘DWTS,’ in its return from an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”  Then he said, “Subsequently (and rather obviously) a decision was made to, as they often say in Hollywood, “go in a different direction”.  He went on to say, “It is the prerogative of producers, in partnership with the network, to make whatever decisions they feel are in the best long term interests of the franchise. We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”

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DWTS new EP Andrew Llinares, then said in a statement. “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season,”

You can see Bergeron’s tweet in full below.

So, what do you think of Bergeron’s hopes for the casting choices of DTWS?  Would you have preferred Sean Spicer to be cut from the cast?  Who would you have liked to have seen cast on the series? Would you want any celeb you like to even go on it any more? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Cast Revealed: From The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown to Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America the celebrity line-up was announced for the upcoming fall season and 28th edition of Dancing with the Stars.  Within the list of competitors are: The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, and even disgraced White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and the “Uptown Girl” herself, supermodel Christie Brinkley 

In addition to the above celebs, showing their best ballroom dance moves will also be: Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, plus The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, and American Idol Season 10 runner-up  and now country/pop star, Lauren Alaina.

As for the former pro athletes in the cast; those slots belong to: former NFL linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, and former NBA player (and former hubby to Khloe Kardashian) Lamar Odom.

On the pro dancer side, this season will mark the return of Peta Murgatroyd who last competed three seasons ago, as well as newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. In addition, the cast will include the steps of: Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater.

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This season viewers will not learn of the celebrity/pro pairings till the night of the premiere.

All the moves kick-off on Monday night, September 26th at 8PMEST/7PMCST on ABC.

So, what do you think of the new cast of DWTS? Who do you think on paper stands the best chance of being a top contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Weigh-in below.

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