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Nicholas Rodriguez talks on being the spoiler for Kish!

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Photo: Annette Tanner

Nicholas Rodriguez talks about his time at One Life to Live as the spoiler for Kish,and being part of the important same-sex storyline.  Also telling is Nicholas admits his big emotional exit scene was originally cut down to a few lines, but at the last minute he went and performed it for the OLTL brass and they put it back!  It was spectacular as many remember and even his acting partners, Brett Claywell and Scott Evans had detailed and commented on his performance in several recent interviews.  Rodriguez is currently turning heads in his performance in the play A Light in the Piazza in Washington D.C. at the famous Arena Stage.  Here are a few excerpts below from his new feature!

Nicholas on getting the opportunity to be a part of  the gay storyline: “It was a surprise — and a blessing. There was an overwhelming fan reaction and from the media about that storyline, and it’s been great for me to see how the gay community is longing for these non-stereotypical characters. In a lot of ways, I felt like Nick was very similar to me. He was in the forefront of gay activism, and I relate to that. That’s why I thought I couldn’t lie about being gay while I played someone like him. It all happened so fast, I didn’t have time to be worried about being typecast as a gay man. I guess if I had time to think it through, I might have been scared.”

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Nicholas on his feelings that Nick turned into a villain at the end of his run: “I was getting scared towards the end about how they were going to write him off, and I was afraid that he was getting too malicious. So I chose to play him as scared; he was the victim of this gay bashing — and that’s why he did what he did. They wrote this great final monologue for Nick, and I worked on it for weeks, and then, when I saw the script, it had been cut down to two lines. So I went to the writers and I showed them my work and they put the whole thing back in. I was so happy I stuck up for myself.”

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actually i didnt like the character of Nick and hated the way he deceived and manipulated Kyle and i dont believe for one moment that he ever loved him but just used him to fulfil his own agenda….he was never a viable love interest for kyle so just took away valuable airtime that belonged to Kyle and Oliver and I was glad to see him get out of their lives….


I, too, think that Nick should have only been on the show for the 4-5 episodes he was originally supposed to be on. Carrying the Nick character over into a whole “gay bashing” storyline turned viewers off, especially following on the heels of the whole Dorian lesbian wedding fiasco. (That’s where you saw ratings start to dip).

Kish should have been allowed to stand on their own and keeping the Nick character around so long took too much time away from the Kish love story. Very few viewers cared about Nick and most viewers just wanted him gone as soon as possible so the storyline could go back to focusing on Kyle and Oliver. I think the Nick character did more harm to the Kish storyline than good, and even started making Kyle look totally stupid. Kyle was supposed to be a pretty street-smart saavy guy. The Nick character took the street-smart saavy guy Kyle was and made him into a wimp! The storyline would have been much better had Nick only stayed around for the original 4-5 episodes he was supposed to be in and then “got the hell outta Dodge.” Kish should have been the focus of the storyline and Nick ended up being nothing more than an unwanted distraction. He was never part of the actual storyline, nor should he have been. JMHO


Nick should have been on the show longer.


I couldnt stand sleazy Nick and he didnt belong in the Kyle and Oliver love story and far too much time was wasted on him…..even in his final scene with Kyle he tried to manipulate him to gain sympathy by using the excuse that he was scared to be alone as the reason for his actions in trying to split up him and Oliver….obviously he gave no thought to Oliver being alone if Kyle had fallen for his schemes….right to the very end he tried to cover by blaming everything on Oliver’s jealousy and pretending that he didnt realize how much Kyle loved Oliver when he knew from the very start that Oliver was the love of kyle’s life…I just wish he had left town sooner so that we could have had more time with Kish. especailly now that we are losing them much too soon…….

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Denise Robinson

Thank you, Michael for posting up this interview with Nick. As a “Kish” fan, I was able to separate my need to see Kyle and Oliver together RIGHT NOW, in order to enjoy and appreciate Nick Chavez’s role and place in the storyline and Nick Rodriguez’s contribution in helping to bring this storyline to life.

I was saddened that his role was cut short in the show. He didn’t have to be only involved in the KISH storyline after they finally reunited, but hindsight’s a definite you-know-what.

Now, by mid-April all of Llanview’s gays will be off screen.


BION I’m iempsrsed! Cool post!

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Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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So, what do you think of Sean and Gilles coming to The Bay? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 


Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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RATINGS: Days of our Lives Has Strong Week

The ratings are out for the week of September 2nd through the 6th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that was the only daytime drama series to gain in total viewers and households.

That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

In addition, DAYS was up +.04 in households week-to-week.   However. the show year-to-year that has continued in recent weeks to lose viewers is The Young and the Restless who from this time last year lost -453,000 viewers.

In the key demos: Y&R remained at #1 in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 in total viewers, but in the ratings share it tied with B&B in the 18-34 category.  Over the past few weeks, B&B has also been in the top demo slots trading off with Y&R.

With the fall season upon us and summer coming to a close, perhaps many soap viewers will be checking back in to see what is happening in the towns of Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.

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But of course, story and content is king, so here’s hoping viewers will be into what the shows are serving up in the months to come.  And if you love the genre, it’s important to remember in the words of Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”.

Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 3,616,000 (-120,000/-453,000)
2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

So, what soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now? Which soap opera is delivering the worst? What changes would you like to see made that you think would help your favorite soap gain more viewers? Comment below.

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Y&&’s Eileen Davidson and her husband Vincent Van Patten chat with Michael Fairman about their new film “7 Days to Vegas”, her time on Y&R, DAYS, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and their relationship. Leave A Comment

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