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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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Torrey
Torrey

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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Marci Miller Final DAYS Episode Airs Today As She Shares Heartfelt Goodbye: “Thanks For The Sweet Ride, Abby”

In two years time, Marci Miller became a household name in the daytime arena as one of the brightest talents to grace the soap opera genre in a very long time.

Now today on Monday November 19th, viewers of Days of our Lives are watching her final episode as she wraps up her run as Abigail Deveraux on the NBC soap opera.

And what a run it was! Earning her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Lead Actress this year, and a possible nomination next year, Miller was heralded for her gut-wrenching performances in the DID storyline (Dissociative Identity Disorder) where she played Abby’s alters, Dr. Laura and Gabby.  Not to mention her complex love story with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn).

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On key episodes today, Miller’s Abby goes toe to toe with a vindictive Gabi (Camila Banus) who gloats how Abby ended up back in a sanitarium … thanks to her!

Miller made the decision to leave DAYS and pursue a career in feature film and primetime TV roles

In an Instagram post, Miller shared:”This is a picture of me 2 yrs ago, painting my nails (and a dear friend’s while I’m at it) for a screen test the next morning to play a woman named Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives. Who would’ve thought?! This morning I sit in the same exact spot knowing that today, my last episode will air as this beloved character. I reflect, and am grateful. I am better for having been a part of it all. Knowing I’ve laid her in a pair of loving and capable hands does me good. Thanks for the sweet ride, Abby. My heart is full today. Xx #Days #Milly#Chabby”

So, send your well-wishes to Marci here as we give her a standing ovation for an incredible job well-done for her portrayal of Abby et al.  Will you miss Marci? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Casts ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Alum Janet Hubert As Mike’s New Love Interest

Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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GH icon Genie Francis chats with Michael Fairman about her return to the soap as Laura after being taken off-contract earlier this year. Leave A Comment

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