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OLTL's head scribe, Ron Carlivati reveals Shane's Cyber-Bully!

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In an issue that had made headline news over the last several months, we are talking about the rash of teen suicides via bullying, One Life to Live has decided to tackle the issue head on.

And how are they doing it?  Using Shane Morasco (Austin Williams), Gigi and Rex’s son as the victim, and making the SORAS’d Jack Manning, Todd and Blair’s son the bully!  Makes sense if you ask us, and now in an exclusive reveal with TV Guide, OLTL’s  head writer, Ron Carlvati fills us in on some of the details and the arc of the story that is really set to kick-off on February 22nd, when the anonymous bully is revealed as Jack ( played by newcomer, Andrew Trischitta).   Carlivati explains the set-up and the rationale.  Here are a few excerpts below!

Carlivati on how Echo (Kim Zimmer) found out about the bullying early on but failed to report the problem to Shane’s parents, thus ignoring the warning signs: “We have a responsibility when we tell a story like this to help the audience learn what they should do in such a situation, but that doesn’t mean we don’t show our characters making the wrong choices. The situation will get worse for Shane as we move into the spring. At first, we’re centering the story on the kids but as we move forward — I’m already plotting this into May sweeps and beyond — it’ll also become a story about the parents. How much do you monitor your child? How do you keep up with your kid in this difficult era of the internet? Should Shane’s parents, Rex and Gigi, have seen the warning signs? What about Jack’s parents? Sometimes these things are happening right under your nose and you’re not aware of it.”

Carlivati on why the decision not to make the victim in the storyline a gay teenager, when so many real-life incidents were gay kids picked on at school which led to their suicide. “It seemed more important that we not tell a gay story, though that’s not to say that certain kinds of gay slurs won’t come up as the story progresses. It’s important to say that kids can be targeted by bullies for any number of reasons. Shane is artistic, he’s into comic books, he has asthma, which keeps him on the sidelines during gym, and he’s a sensitive kid. He’s been targeted just for being different. And it becomes a group thing. Once the other kids start piling on it doesn’t really matter what the reason is because he’s become a target. He’s somebody they can get to. It becomes a herd mentality. This has been a real challenge to write because Austin is such a great actor and makes it all so heartbreaking to watch. I feel mean putting poor little Shane through so much pain. I can’t imagine there’s anyone in our audience who doesn’t feel for him. It’s tough stuff, but it’s important to get the word out.”

So what do you think of Jack Manning being the Cyber-Bully?  Let us know.

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We’d already figured this out. I worry Todd won’t see it as a problem though.

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This is another important issue to tackle and you can’t have enough power if you don’t go after one of the most heartbreaking issues against young people who are innocent victims. To find out Jack is the perpatrater is more horrendous. I hope they go all out this time, and not cut corners…one can only hope….

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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Eric Kim Named Exec VP of Current Programs CBS Entertainment & CBS Studios; Will Oversee Daytime Programming

As the executive shuffle continues at CBS, and through many entertainment conglomerates in Hollywood, Eric Kim has been named executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Eric will oversee current primetime and daytime programming for the CBS network and for the studio.

Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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Laurence Fishburne to Present Levar Burton with Lifetime Achievement Honors at ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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