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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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Amanda
Amanda

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

Doe
Doe

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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The upcoming season of The Bachelor does not roll out till January, when season 23 gets underway on the 7th of that month, but ABC today released its key art first poster for promotion of their latest ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood.

Chris Harrison host and EP of the series, posted via Instagram: “It’s now officially official and I have the official exclusive poster to prove it. Colton’s dramatic season of #TheBachelor premieres Mon Jan 7th.”

The poster has the slogan: “What does he have to lose?” and one would assume its a nod to Colton’s noted and much discussed virginity.

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Viewers first met Colton in Becca Kufrin’s season 14 of The Bachelorette, where he came in as fourth runner-up.  He continued on the franchise on Bachelor In Paradise, and his controversial on and off again relationship with Tia Booth, Becca’s friend.

Just how will Colton handle kissing a bevy of ladies, the fantasy suites, and more?  Guess we will find out,and if his season will be a doozy compared to the lackluster season of Arie Luyendk Jr., until Arie dumped his choice for love Becca and went back on his word and fell back in love with the runner-up  – his now fiancee and expectant mother of his chid, Lauren Burnham.

So, what do you think of the poster art for the new season of The Bachelor? Will you be checking out Colton during his effort to find true love? Comment below.

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Robin Givens Tapped As Lead For OWN’s New Soapy Family Drama, ‘Ambitions’

There is a new soap in town from creator/executive producer Jamey Giddens from an idea by executive producer Will Packer, and they have found their leading lady for the ensemble cast. 

Robin Givens (last seen in the soaps on B&B and CW’s Riverdale) has been tapped to play the role of Stephanie Carlisle in Ambitions set to premiere on OWN in 2019. 

Stephanie is the wife of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian White), whose true loyalty is to her own family’s prestigious law firm, where she is the latest in a long line of distinguished lawyers. Stephanie desperately wants to be in charge of the Carlisle family law firm and quietly fumes about her father Stephen’s condescending assertion that she’s simply not ready yet.

The series is billed as a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.

According to Deadline, rounding out the series regular cast are Essence Atkins (Marlon, Half and Half), Brian White (Ray Donovan, Scandal), Kendrick Cross (Acrimony), Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane) and Erica Page (Ozark, Bad Dad Rehab).

The show is currently in production in Atlanta, Georgia.

So, excited to see Ambitions when it makes its debut? What do you think about Robin Givens joining the series? Comment below.

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Fans of The Bold and the Beautiful this week got some fun intel from two sources, the actresses themselves! First, Karla Mosley has returned to taping all-new episodes of the CBS daytime drama series, following her maternity leave.

That means Maya Avant will be back in action.. In an Instagram post holding a script from the series, she noted, “Back to work!!!! Having all the feels.”

Mosley gave birth in August to her daughter, Aurora Imani.   Maya was last seen on the canvas in that month as well.  No word yet if Maya’s return will also bring with it Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) who went on recurring status with the show and is off doing other projects.

In other news, looks like fan favorite Hunter Tylo (Taylor) may be back on Bold, in time for the holidays, if her tweets are any indication of that.  Having a twitter exchange with fans of the series, one who seemed disgruntled again, Tylo posted this!

This would indicate Tylo is on her way back for holiday episodes and maybe more of the soap as Taylor!  She also tweeted on the Bill, Ridge, Katie custody drama and shenanigans, “Think I need to go to go straighten these people out?”.  The thread on Hunter’s twitter page continued with a “Stay Tuned” GIF and more.

So, excited to see Maya and Taylor back on the canvas at The Bold and the Beautiful? What would you like to see happen for the characters in story? Comment below.

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