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Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark & Donna Mills Knots Landing Reunion Interview!

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Yesterday, after the taping of today’s airshow of CBS’ The Talk, On-Air On-Soaps went backstage and had our own very special Knots Landing reunion!  As fans saw, Michele Lee (Karen), Joan Van Ark (Valene), and Donna Mills (Abby) appeared on the daytime talker to reminisce about perhaps the greatest primetime soap of them all!

And if that wasn’t enough, Michele, Joan, Donna, along with Ted Shackelford (Gary Ewing) will be seen this coming Tuesday night, January 22nd on a very special episode devoted to Primetime Soaps on PBS’ Pioneers of Television series, at 8PM EST!  Make sure to also check local listings in your area.

In the meantime, to get you ready for Tuesday’s stroll down memory lane we sat down with the legendary and beloved trio to talk to them about: some of the greatest moments of ‘Knots’ history, why the show is missed by so many fans, if they would be up for a Knots Landing reboot, where they see their characters today, and much more!  It was a special treat for us to chat with Michele, Joan, and Donna, and we hope this “quickie” interview is a treat for you too!

MICHAEL:

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Let’s kick this off by discussing one of the most memorable cliffhangers of all-time on Knots Landing.  I am referring to when Val’s twins were taken from her.  In the final shot of a monumental season finale there was a slow motion shot of Valene turning as the babies were driving away in a car!  It certainly was an, “OMG, Poor Val!” moment!

JOAN:

I know! It’s the only time that an episode of Knots Landing was the number one show of the week!  I am so proud of that.

MICHELE:

I called all my friends …

JOAN:

… She called all four of them!  (Laughs) I remember when I met Los Angeles Laker greats Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  I recall Magic saying, “When you got the twins back, and Karen came in, and Val was at the bottom of the stairs, and Lilimae cried, you cried, and everybody cried, that was the best!” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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Why do you think that Knots Landing resonated with so many people?  Fans still tell me to this day it is their favorite primetime soap … ever!  And just for the record … it was mine too! Never missed an episode!

JOAN:

It was because it was about real people, and not cartoonish, or people who were over the top that were pushing it a bit.

MICHELE:

Dallas and Dynasty were huge hits about materialism and flaunting what you had.  We lived in a cul-de-sac and it was mostly about that before that bitch Donna Mills came in! (Laughs)

DONNA:

… And got them out of the garage, and out of all those boring places they inhabited! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

I am so glad the Pioneers in Television special on Primetime Soaps, which airs on Tuesday night, has clips and interviews with the three of you!  I know Dallas and Dynasty are also represented, but if ‘Knots’ wasn’t in there, there would be blood! (Laughs)

DONNA:

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I thought that it was really fitting that ‘Knots’ was included in the special, because it meant so much to people at the time and still does!

MICHELE:

We were on opposite of the biggest hits on television … Hill Street Blues. We were doing continuing stories; shows like Hill Street Blues were self-contained. Yes, they explored the relationships with the characters and with each other, but they did not have character arcs in terms of continuing story.  And I will say and bet my bottom dollar, that because of a show like Knots Landing it influenced primetime shows of today.  No matter how fabulous the writing is, and the awards they are bestowed, such as great programs like Homeland, and all of them, you see the relationships on them and that is what I think we started.

JOAN:

They do that on every single show that is a hit now.  I think truly, and I don’t know how many times this had been said, but I can only do this in banner headlights.  I think Knots Landing was the original Desperate Housewives.  The truth is what Michele is saying; that every show now is following the template that we set of a continuing story, which then hooks the viewer.  You get to know and love the characters, and so you invite them into your bathroom, living room, bedroom, wherever.  You invite those people into your life Thursday night at 10PM, or whenever that show you love is on.

MICHAEL:

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What happened with Constance McCashin (EX-Laura)?  She was never really as evidently popular as the three of you were, but one amazing actress!  Why did she get “killed-off”?  It was a very big deal at the time!  And there was nothing sadder than the episode where Karen, Val, and Greg watched Laura’s videotape that she left behind!  Hankies!

MICHELE:

The real answer to that is we had many main characters.  And as the show goes on and advertising dollars get less, (and every show went through this) they had to save money.  And not that Constance was not an incredible actress, and not that the audience was “killing” themselves because she was going to be leaving, but the producers and the writers had to decide.  People remember that storyline because Constance was so brilliant.

JOAN:

She had a look too!  Constance was very classy and very east coast.  She was not as “California” as some of us.  She was amazing, working with William Devane (Ex-Gregory Sumner).  It was very special, and of course people miss her.  It was that same season that Julie Harris was written-off as my mother, Lilimae Clements!

MICHAEL:

So Joan, you are just about to reprise your role as Valene Ewing when you go tape your much-anticipated scenes in the TNT Dallas reboot!  But I hear you are not part of J.R.’s (the late Larry Hagman) funeral or memorial episode!  Is that true?

JOAN:

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They are filming the funeral as we speak. You’re surprised I am not there?  My heart is broken!  The truth of the matter is Valene and J.R. had no love loss.  I am going to assume that is the reason.  My heart, as I said, broke that I would not be at the funeral graveside.  I do know the storyline that they have for Val and Gary, and the payoff will be when I go down there next week to film it.

MICHAEL:

Donna, you played a delicious evil bitch so well!  Abby was so iconic, she ruined so many lives!  Do you think Michele and Joan were jealous of you because you got to play bad, and they were, for all intent and purposes, goody-goodies?  And speaking of the three of you, Michele was the only one who was ever nominated for an Emmy from ‘Knots’!

DONNA:

It was great fun playing the bitch, and more fun than anybody could imagine.  But, I think we made it look too easy.  It seemed so natural and so right that it did not seem like acting.  I think that is one of the reasons we did not get nominated much for Emmys.

MICHELE:

I think also we had the moniker of being a soap opera, no matter how brilliant our actors were, they just saw it as a “soap opera” and that might have hurt our chances.

MICHAEL:

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Much has been made about all the big stars that appeared on ‘Knots’, including Alec Baldwin, who played Val’s brother!

JOAN:

He was Val’s brother, and there was a picture of us in the Hollywood Reporter, and you would not recognize either one of us.  I was pregnant with the twins on the show and had a scary David Bowie-esque mullet, and Alec did not look anything like the Alec Baldwin we know and love now.  

MICHAEL:

Joan, on The Talk you got very emotional reminiscing about Knots Landing, and working with these women.  Is it still emotional for each of you thinking about the 14 years you were together performing on the most beloved television shows of all-time, and that you have forged lasting relationships with each other?

MICHELE:

I will say first, that I truly love these women.  And, we have so much fun.  And, yes we do see each other socially.

JOAN:

We are in some way closer now, oddly enough, because we do see each other, and we socialize with each other.

DONNA:

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Now when we see each other we can talk to each other, as opposed to being on a set when you are running here and there.

JOAN:

Right! We would have other obligations, and which set to be on to think about.  But now it’s chitchat about: how is Donna’s daughter, Chloe … or Michele’s son, David?  And it just goes on, and on, and on from there.  It is truly delightful.

MICHAEL:

It has been much bantered about that everyone would love to see a Knots Landing reboot, especially since the success of TNT’s Dallas revival.  Don’t you think it would be great to see where each of you characters are now, and then to see their grown up children and how that affects and intertwines their lives, similar to how Dallas has done it?

MICHELE:

No!  It would not be good, because my children would be too old, and then they would have children, and then I would be a grandmother!  I am not playing a grandmother, but maybe a great grandmother! (Laughs)

DONNA:

I would play a grandmother!

JOAN:

Oh, I would love it!  I want Valene to be a biker grandma!  The same way as in Sons of Anarchy!  I want Valene in black leather and studs.  I want Valene to be so different; either the head of a studio like Sherry Lansing, or I want her to be a biker grandma.

DONNA:

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Abby I think is running a small country somewhere!

MICHELE:

Karen could be wearing all the clothes the biker grandma would be wearing, but at home!  (Laughs) We are all strong women, and it might be boring in the reboot with us all being strong women at one time, don’t you think? (Laughs)  Look, if it’s done right and written right, it would be great if there was a reboot.

So soapers, do you still miss Knots Landing, and would you like to see a reboot?  If so, how would you structure the show?  Looking back at the storylines and history of ‘Knots’, what was your favorite moment? Who was your favorite character?  Let us know!

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sean
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sean

Thank you for the interview. I also made sure to see The Talk. I still say Donna Mills was the sexiest woman in the 1980’s and she still has those eyes “The eyes have it” was a perfect title for her.

Patrick
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Patrick

Donna – on acting…. “But, I think we made it look too easy. It seemed so natural and so right that it did not seem like acting.”

That’s the Truth…. for 14 years… these ladies kicked it…. ALL!

I will say…. Donna Mills… to this day… is probably the only actor… I’d take leave of my senses’… and wanna tell HER OFF! How dare you! How could you! ie: Valene…. the twins… Gary…. Brilliantly “Acted”. Toure de Force…. Thank You Ladies.

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Knot’s was the BEST.

Deb
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Deb

‘Knots’ was always my favorite night time drama. Loved it. Thanks for a nice walk down the cul-de-sac.

Margot
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Margot

Always liked knots. Would love to see a reboot.

LisaJ
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LisaJ

Did I miss them on The Talk? I thought that was next week, to coincide with the PBS Special. Is there someplace online I can see their segment? (other than the obvious youtube).

maria
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maria

IT still on go to the talk and u can find it

Justin
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Justin

The show is available on CBS.com

susan M.
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susan M.

I watched this show years ago.. I rememeber Valene’s twin babies being kidnapped. I
am not sure yet that I will watch it. Joan Van Ark still wearing her make-up the same
like she wore it on Knots Landing . She looks worn out (a little wash for the wear). Other two look good.

Gloria
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Gloria

She just had too much plastic surgery. Too bad. She is still Valene tho and once she starts playing her role u will not see her and think of her face getting ruined. Still and all she is great.

Ella
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Ella

So great to walk down memory lane. Such a fun interview! Michelle Lee & Donna Mills are such funny women! Knots was one of my favorite shows ever. Poignant, humorous with characters you love & love to hate. I would love a Knots reboot.

Joe
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Joe

The is no better and never WILL be a better TV SHOW than Knots Landing…period. There is great TV from the past and current, but, no other show captured the drama, the heart, the laughter and the suspense of Knots Landing. If ANY show should do a reboot it’s Knots. We saw their families grow, how wonderful it would be to see what they were up to now. Thank for the interview Michael…I stopped everything to read it 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

The is no better and never WILL be a better TV SHOW than Knots Landing…period.

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Spot On…. This was the creme de la creme of ALL TVLand….

Joel
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Joel

Joan Van Ark would look beautiful if it wasn’t for her ugly face

Max
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Max

Miss Knots Landing to this day. One of the best shows ever on TV.

Bart
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Bart

“Knots” was the best nighttime soap EVER – hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since it left us all wanting more…!!

Keith
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Keith

I want seasons 3-14 released on DVD!

SZima
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SZima

I loved Knots Landing and would like to see a re-boot, but in order for it to be successful today, they would have to feature the younger generation, as Dallas does. They would need to pull in the younger demographic, as well as the old-time fans, in order to survive. Dallas has done that quite well. The vets are still very much involved in the stories, but more in supporting roles, while the younger generation is driving the stories. It would be fun to see where these ladies/characters are today, what they’ve accomplished, how their kids have turned out and… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Loved Knots Landing! These ladies look so lovely! Donna Mills was always my fave! Would love to see them in a reboot!

Michael
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Michael

I live near five minutes from the famous cul de sac on Crystailaire Place in Granada Hills.

Mark
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Mark

That must be cool to be able to walk over there any time that you like! Although I live in CT, I got to walk around the entire cul-de sac during a visit to Los Angeles in 1986! It was very exciting to see it for real…. since I watched Knots Landing on TV every week since the premiere! If they decide to film at the cul de sac again for a Knots Landing revival, will each of the homes still be recognizable after all of these years?

Chaz
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Chaz

Best nighttime show ever. There practically had to be a death in the family in order to miss an episode. Within 30 seconds of the show ending each week a friend and I would be on the phone…”Do you believe that!”, ” Oh, my god what is going to happen next week”, etc.

Would I want a reboot? Not sure. Sometimes you cannot recapture greatness.

Gloria
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Gloria

Sure you can. Give it a chance.

Mark
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Mark

I agree! Look what has happened with the Dallas reboot. It is a huge success and every bit as exciting as the original series!

Christy
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Christy

theme song is in my head right now! I still have the last 2 epsodes and a special on vhs. just watched it a few months ago. it was still as good as I remembered it.

it would be nice if cbs did another special.

Mark
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Mark

Glad to find out that I am not the only Knots Landing fan who still has the last 2 original KL episodes and the special that followed it on VHS tape! Although I watched Knots Landing, Dallas, Dynasty and The Colby’s….. KL was ALWAYS my favorite prime time soap! If they announce a new special, reunion movie or a series reboot ….. I will pull out the last two episodes and the last reunion movie (named KL: Back to the Cul-De-Sac) and watch them all again for sure!

Christy
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Christy

oh, and I always loved watching Page and Greg…. and watched her in Desperate Housewives and the funny movie Noises Off, and him on whatever – movies, Stargate SG1 (as the president of U.S.) and I have a great christmas movie he was in – A Christmas Visitor – but they’re alway Page and Greg to me!

jeff
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jeff

Michelle lee and Lisa hartman we my favorites. I miss this show so much never missed a show in 24 seasons. Trafford it if I couldn’t be home VCR lol. Please bring the show back.

jeff
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jeff

Oops 14 seasons

gloria
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gloria

It was so great to see the girls on Knots Landing. I would love to see them come back. Why cant they have a reboot and where they are now. Please come back.

Tina
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Tina

I agree with you Gloria. It was said when it went off the air.

gloria
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gloria

They should have Valene cheating on Gary lol

Rolli
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Rolli

I loved the show and now is the time to do it. COME BACK PLEASE KNOTS LANDING

gloria
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gloria

TV is not the same all of these reality shows. Knots was happening. PLEASE COME BACK…..Remember when Abby buried Peter. They should have detectives looking for her cause DNA has changed sooo much. Then have Abby get away with it… Have Gary go after Page, Valene becomes a flirt.

gloria
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gloria

I loved them all

maria
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maria

I miss Mac

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

The PBS special was excellent. I Loooooved all the primetime soaps, but Knot’s Landing was my fave!

Glo
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Glo

Knots was my favorite also…

Murielle
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Murielle

thank you very much for the interview with these three fantastic actresses. In France, too, Knots Landing has many fans. This really is the best of the series and over the years, my passion increases.

Glo
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Glo

Knots was the best show. Anyone remember Ginger and Kenny? I wish Abbey, Val, Karen, Mac and Page would be great in a reboot. WHen Abbey buried Peter they shoud have Detectives come back because of DNA. Mac Kevin Dobson, represents Abbey and she gets away with it. Have Val cheat on Gary and be wild for a few episodes. Just wish it would come back. They should have thought of this years ago. All this time wasted. Please KNOTS COME BACK. Gloria

John
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John

Been sad cause Knots is not comeing back

John
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John

I think Karen, Val and Abbey would be the young and old generation. The show would be a hit with them. They look great!!!! Page would be a great help tooooo.

jeanette
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jeanette

Yes I agree they all look beautiful and bring back Paige she was fantastic and the Greg and Paige storyline was brilliant

Lori
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Lori

I have been checking to see if that show has gone into syndication every 6 months ever since it went off the air. They brought back the Waltons reruns so why not Knots Landing. It was the best show ever. Anyway, you asked about a favourite scene. Donna Mills – not the greatest scene but one I have never forgotten. Early morning, and getting out of the shower. Her hubby Greg had been doing everything in his power to see what she looked like without make-up on. When he opened the door she spun around, and bam…closeup of her batting… Read more »

francine ames
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francine ames

I would absolutely love a return to Knots Landing-I loved every character on that show-they were all very special and very talented-I can’t even find the original series-I have the first 3 seasons and can’t find any more-please help me locate the complete series thankyou

Steve Riley
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Steve Riley

how can i watch my all time favorate KNOTS LANDING new 2013 …………i still have all series on VHS but they geting a bit worn out now.

Maria Fresse
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Maria Fresse

I Loved Knots Landing! I Loved them all but Valene and
Karen were my favorites. I would love a reboot of Knots Landing.

Maria
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Maria

I loved all the three main female characters, Val, Karen and Abby as they were really good and great actresses. There were times when Val was a bit of a goody two shoes but then she was supposed to be a really nice warm person. I think Abby played by Donna Mills was so good that I did hate her for a while which meant that she was just very good at the part. I am watching this series on CBS Drama now and thinks its just great and most enjoyable. Shame they don’t make soaps like that anymore.

Tracy B
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Tracy B

Knots is and will forever be my NUMBER ONE ALL-TIME favorite show! I love these women!!!

Tracy B
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Tracy B

Constance was a great actress and I remember watching the episode where they all gathered to watch her final video as if it was yesterday. Damn..I love this show.

norma page
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norma page

when is the knots lading coming back

Tim Jones
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Tim Jones

Knots Landing was the best “sope” of all time. Watching the rerun now in the U.K…..Please bring it back as Dallas was !!!

Sharon Marsden
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Sharon Marsden

I have been watching this on CBS and it brings back so many memories. I was working full time when it first showed so missed a lot. So thrilled to see all of it now. Such strong female characters made the show well ahead of its time. Loved the fashion and hairstyles. Can’t wait to see it from very beginning as I didn’t know CBS were showing it until a few weeks after it started so missed some of Sid and Karen’s traumas. I’d love a reboot . I’m 61 now and watched it when I was young and now… Read more »

Moira Chappell
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Moira Chappell

I love knotts landing still watching it on season 10 please bring it back

Tonya O'#Hagan
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Tonya O'#Hagan

I loved Knots Landing. Karen looked and had the same personality as my mum so I loved her for that. Abby Ewing was the best character and actress ever. She was sexy, so glamorous and I remember as a young girl wanting to have clothes like hers. to this day I love chiffon pussybow blouses and clutch bags and I put that down to Abbey Ewing. Please resurrect Knots Landing it was totally Fantastic

jeanette
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jeanette

Please bring knots landing back I am currently watching it on CBS and my favorites are Paige and Greg. Paige is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. All the cast are brilliant . I am trying to get the full series on dvd with no luck anybody know if its available .

wanda222
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wanda222

My favorite primetime soap drama of all time…who can we write to petition a return for the show

lesley
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lesley

I have just finished watching the repeat knotts landing from 2013 until now 2014 ! Love love loved it, I use to watch it as a young mum many moons ago , but only one episode a week then , it would go off for Months. It has been on the television cbs drama every night five days a week what a way to catch up ! I’m now 64 and still enjoyed knotts landing, I think best soap ever , was a fan of Dallas but this surpasses that ! Thank you to cbs channel in the UK for… Read more »

Julie Reynolds
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Julie Reynolds

Bring back a reboot
greg and Paige fantastic

Glenn D. Baker
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Glenn D. Baker

I loved Knots Landing. Best of the soaps back than.
Just one problem so far. Not enough seasons on DVD.
Only have the first two seasons. Have been waiting for
years for more of the remaining seasons.

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Dallas and B&B Favorite, Patrick Duffy Finds Love Again at 71 with Actress Linda Purl

It’s never to late to fall in love again and Dallas star, Patrick Duffy (Ex-Bobby Ewing) is proof positive of that.  Duffy, who was married for 48 years to ballet dancer Carlyn Rosser till 2017, when she passed away due to cancer, has reconnected with Happy Days and motion picture and TV actress, Linda Purl whom he first met knew years ago.  Soap fans also remember Duffy’s turn from 2006-2011 on The Bold and the Beautiful as Stephen Logan.

According to PEOPLE and as it has turned out, the Covid-19 pandemic was actually the impetus for Duffy and Purl reconnecting after being casual friends for years, who had simply lost touched with one another..  However, during the Covid-19 lockdown, they happened to be on the same group text chain with other friends that eventually wound up with just the two of them chatting.

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Duffy shared,  “At that point, I loaded up my car and drove 20 hours and ended up on her doorstep just to see if it was real.  We haven’t been apart since.” He added, “I never thought for a minute this would happen again. I never thought I’d feel this way again.”

 

The actor who is going to be in the upcoming Lifetime holiday movie, People Presents: Once Upon a Main Street debuting on November 29th, noted on his relationship with Purl, that he know his beloved late wife would want him to be happy, expressing: “I  feel quite honestly, that it is keeping with the desires of my wife, the fact that we are intended to be happy.  So when it’s offered, think about it, do whatever you do, but don’t let it pass you up if it’s the right thing.”

So,  happy for Patrick that he has found love again after his enduring romance and life with his late wife? Comment below.

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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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