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Nathan Fillion Talks His Start On OLTL On ‘The View’ With Whoopi Goldberg

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On Thursday’s episode of ABC’s The View, Nathan Fillion visited the show promoting his series, The Rookie.  But during the beginning of his conversation with Whoopi Goldberg, he talked about what he learned from his humble beginnings in show business as Joey Buchanan on the beloved One Life to Live.

Of course, OLTL fans recall that Nathan was involved in a romantic storyline with Llanview icon, Robin Strasser (Dorian) and played the on-screen son to another icon, Erika Slezak (Viki).

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Fillion shared about this time on One Life: “Everything I did and everything I do I learned on that show.  I never speak poorly on daytime … it was such a warm kind place to be.   I learned everything there.  I don’t know where an actor can go and work with people that have worked in the business for 25, 35, 40 years, and I had no idea what i’m doing …and they said, ‘no problem here is what you do’.  So, it was very good people.”

Goldberg also alluded to that she “missed the soaps” meaning All My Children and One Life to Live that shot right where they are in New York City at the ABC studios on 66th and 67th street.

Watch Nathan talk his early career and more with the ladies of The View below.  Then, let us know what you think about the sentiments he share from his time at One Life to Live via the comment section.

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Momo
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Momo

I loved that storyline with Joey and Dorian together. One of my faves. Not just on OLTL.

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We miss New York soaps too…but thats a bygone era and doubt they will come back…All My Children was far too gone when it ended…OLTL was good and ratings up when it ended…Prospect Park showed promise but like the Variety Show daytime soaps are a thing of the past-hold on to the last four as long as you can…hopefully prime time can revive them one day again…Peyton Place return would be nice…i can see Chloe Lanier as Allison Mckensie!!!///Knots Landing i miss too!!!

Kay
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Kay

He was the best Joey they never had a recast that was as good.

Momo
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Momo

So true.

Doniece Lacy
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Doniece Lacy

Joy made a mistake. She said “there are a couple of soaps left on other networks.” I guess she forgot General Hospital.

aria
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aria

so here’s what I got out of Nathan Fillion interview today on the view, whoopi claimed to miss the soaps, she didn’t specify which one and I guess doesn’t realize theres still 4 on network tv. Then Joy added to whoopi comment by saying theres still some “on other networks”. hello! maybe someone should let these two know that GH is on abc its the networks longest running show, now joy doesn’t come across as a soap fan but whoopi made herself sound real fake by saying plural I miss the soaps especially when 4 are still on the air,… Read more »

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Yeah, aria, I agree those remarks weren’t really thought out. Whoopi probably meant she misses the “golden era of soaps” as many of us do. But Joy seemed a bit dismissive, as if soaps are still there for the fools who can find them. I’d like to see her try and memorize umpteen pages of dialogue every day to do ONE TAKE on most scenes, working often in little corners of a studio posing as big rooms. Hats off to soap actors: the BEST IN THE BUSINESS. I’d like to see Ryan Gosling or some spoiled starlet pull it off.… Read more »

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Lol let’s face it folk’s, The Rookies got Nathan, it doesn’t need to be promoted on The View. Nathan was there to bump ratings for The View. Good to see folks are noticing how mediocre and ignorant Joy and Whoopie are…finally!

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brian

I wish ABC would try to re-boot OLTL. There are enough actors from the show ( I would think ) that could be on the show to get it going again….

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Llanviewer717

Kudos to Nathan for speaking so highly of his daytime roots. He is so right. The New York soaps were such a fertile training ground for young actors.

I loved Nathan as Joey. He and Robin Strasser were great together. He is truly a very talented man to have worked so well with such seasoned icons as Robin and Erika Slezak.

Rodd
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Rodd

I always admire an actor who has made in in prime time or films and still talks with such fondness about their daytime roots. They are a truly classy breed. Nathan Fillion is one class act.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Maybe Whoopie meant that she missed the soaps as you would miss someone, or missed them, as not seeing them? Never the less, it was her loss. Nothing lasts forever, and we still have four left that I enjoy. I am glad M.F appreciates what he learned from them, as countless others have. Some people have always looked down their noses at the soaps and I’ve had friends and family over the years ask me if I’m still watching that stuff, to put it nicely. Just hope they last as long as I do.

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rose

I watched Nathan on The View. Nice to see him. Surprised they didn’t bring up “Castle” that featured other soap actors throughout the years making cameos on episodes. And besides OLTL, there were also my other favourites he was in…”Firefly”and as the not so friendly Preacher in “Buffy.”

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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