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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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All My Children Alum William Christian to Debut on Days of our Lives

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, look for former All My Children favorite, William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye from 1990-2007), to join the cast of the NBC daytime drama series.

Christian is taking on the role of Lani’s (Sal Stowers) not-so-good biological father, TR Coates, and when he arrives in Salem, Paulina (Jackée Harry) is not too pleased!  This isn’t the first time Bill has appeared on DAYS. He previously had a four-day stint in another role in a storyline in 2018.

Now in 2022, as it turns out ,TR is a movie producer with a connection to Johnny (Carson Boatman).  So, will the JoDevil and TR make a despicable team and wreak more havoc on Salem? stay tuned.

Watch the latest DAYS promo below featuring William’s Christian’s arrival on the Salem scene.

Then let us know, are you glad to see Bill back on daytime? What do you think will be TR’s agenda while in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Lisa Brown to be Honored In Virtual Interview With ’42nd Street’ Co-Star Lee Roy Reams

Coming up on a very special edition of The Locher Room, the show will honor beloved ATWT and GL actress, Lisa Brown, who passed away at the end of November in 2021.

Since Lisa was never able to participate in an episode of the series, host Alan Locher is welcoming longtime Broadway star, Lee Roy Reams, who starred along with Brown on the Great White Way in 42nd Street.

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It was one of Lisa’s wishes to have Reams interviewed on The Locher Room.  Lee Roy will chat on his almost 40-year friendship with Lisa, memories of working together, as well as his storied career.

Some of Ream’s other credits include leading Broadway roles in: The Producers, Beauty & The Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Hello Dolly!, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Applause, Lorelei, Oklahoma and Sweet Charity.

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Circle Thursday, January 27th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST for the interview and you can watch the livestream here.

So, glad to know that the incredible Lisa Brown will be honored through the appearance of Lee Roy Reams on The Locher Room? Comment below.

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