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OLTL's Scott Evans Interviews before Kish Crushed and After!

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Kish fans will make sure to note of two interviews on the web right now with One Life to Live’s departing Scott Evans.  First right here at On-Air On-Soaps, Michael Fairman talked with Scott about Fish being revealed as the biological dad of Sierra Rose, and his feelings on Fish’s  entire story arc from the coming out story, to the sex-scene, to the pushback and the prejudice.  This interview was taped a few days prior to Scott shockingly finding out he was released from the show.

Today, We Love Soaps posted a fascinating interview from this weekend’s Gay of our Lives event in New York.  Damon L. Jacobs caught up with Scott for a few minutes to ask how he was handling things post-Kish, and his how he is dealing with the disappointment, and confirming how he found out about the end of his character via the Internet!

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OLTL doesn’t deserve such class. Although I’ve been sending in my postcards and emails. I’m sure we will be seeing Scott a lot more in the future. He’s a great actor.

Once Kish is gone it can be the Rex/Gigi hour.

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Damon Jacobs is jokingly (not really IMO) offering his therapeutic services to Scott Evans for kish firings? The clear favoritism and kiddy (or kishy) gloves for Scott Evans and Brett Claywell is out of control. Some in the media are feeding into kish actors’s delusions that OLTL’s homophobic and this is a homophobia issue when it’s not. This is not the first firing on Daytime done in a brusque way and it certainly won’t be the last. Majority of actors go thru this. Heck majority of talented actors don’t even get hired! Countless actors are waiting in the wings to be on a soap or be a recast. ATWT freaking recasted Lily, so no one has job security! Every employed actor should be freaking grateful they even have jobs, especially in soaps, where it’s looks over talent. Evans should have been grateful he got hired bec IMO the reasons OLTL hired him are bec of his looks, famous last name and out status. OLTL thought he’d probably bring in the ratings since many would be curious of Evans on their soap since he’s openly gay and related to a film actor. They obviously pimped him to garner press for OLTL but kish couldn’t sustain any public curiosity or new viewership bec the writing was crappy and Evans’s acting left much to be desired. Evans blabs on again abt how he was informed and how he’s happy abt the rallysists, w/c means OLTL would be getting flak from rallyists. He thinks so highly of himself that OLTL must treat him in a special way bec he’s an openly gay “actor” portraying a gay character. And the whole “I put my heart and soul into this” crap is something all actors say. What’re they gonna say, I’m happy I look great and I just wing it during the scenes? LOL. For every unconventional casting w/ a Patrika Darbo (ex Nancy, Days) or a Paul Williams, I think that’s the name of the actor/composer of “The Rainbow Connection” who portrayed Bailey on B&B, there are a 1000 other Scott Evanses that are hired on soaps. Darbo and Williams do not fit the mold of soap actors but their talent actually landed them their parts. Nancy was Days’s first minx that was the reverse of a rail thin model. While Williams’s small stature actually brought more depth to the sinister Bailey, who had to be written out since the crystal hypnosis (yes that is not a typo, LOL) arc on B&B bombed. These actors, despite their untraditional looks for soaps, were great in their parts since they could act very well. Did Darbo and Williams freaking scream to the media that they were axed bec of lookism? Did Williams say he was made as a scapegoat for the crystal hynopsis storyline not working on B&B? Did Williams say that Paul Satterfield (ex Pierce B&B) should have been axed instead since Pierce used the crystal to make Tay think she was a teen again? Did… Read more »

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And of course Jacobs holds the interview in front of the word Stonewall. That is extremely manipulative.

Evans’s axing is not in any way a parallel to events leading up to the Stonewall riots. For Jacobs to subtlely parallel the 2 is sheer lunacy!

The next interview w/ the other actor in the same clip is not in front of the word Stonewall, so that’s very telling.

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“Gay people” aren’t the only ones being affected by this axing. Kish is a rather popular couple on this soap, if you haven’t realized, loved by gays and straights alike. Brett Claywell & Scott Evans are not “screaming to the media” that this was about homophobia, they are simply defending themselves after their names were erroneously dragged through the mud. Someone at OLTL/ABC put them in a position where they had to defend themselves & their professionalism (of which they did, very well actually – they dispelled the rumors against them, which no one really believed anyway, because anyone who’s actually watched their scenes as Kyle & Fish know that they’re both very professional & give 110% of themselves, their hearts & their souls, to these roles, the message of this storyline, and the show as a whole). They know the business, but the way this whole thing was so mishandled I think has to even strike them. They weren’t told of their last day shooting together, which means they, as well as the fans who have followed this storyline & these characters, have no closure & told that “focus groups” – who have WAY too much power IMO – didn’t like a story they’d put so much into for the past year. How would that make YOU feel? You even have to admit it was pretty awful of OLTL to allow Scott to find out via Twitter (TWITTER!) that he wasn’t going to be playing this role anymore. They could’ve atleast had the decency to place a 2 minute phone call to the man! OLTL/ABC has come up with so many stories/excuses over this it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin and these people in the PR department should really be ashamed of the PR disaster they’ve created here, as it really doesn’t reflect well on the show or the network. 1). Kish solely responsible for their already-poor ratings (scapegoating the gay storyline), 2). From FV, they ” we’re concluding the story we set out to tell with Kyle & Oliver” 3). they “didn’t resonate with mainstream audiences” 4). they *did*, in fact, resonate with “audiences”, and they’ll still remain in Llanview & the door will always be open to them; 5). blaming Brett & Scott themselves for possible unprofessional behavior. OLTL/ABC did, in fact, blame this storyline for their already-poor ratings, so actually it is an issue of homophobia. Why didn’t they blame Mitch’s return, in which he tried to rape/impregnate his own daughter & dig up the corpse of said daughter’s dead husband in order to torment her with? Or how about this Jessica as a teenager storyline, which is just pretty ridiculous as a whole? Or perhaps Todd/Tea/Blair’s never-ending triangle, mixed in with Matthew’s surgery/court case & the introduction of yet another of Todd’s children, Dani (the guy’s like the Sonny of Llanview at this point for goodness sakes!)? So yes, it is an issue of these “focus groups” or this “mainstream audience” they speak so… Read more »

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There’s no pt in debating w/ kish fans who only blame it on these shadowy agents who weild so much power bec of their homophobia that they can axe any gay couple they like. OLTL is last in the ratings and these so called homophobes are trying to get rid of them, yet not going after the more far reaching ABC gay characters on Modern Family, excellently portrayed by Eric Stonestreet, who always steals the show from Jesse Tyler Ferguson. As for the Stonewall reference, of course a psychotherapist would choose to have the interview there for its psychological impact.

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Some people closely involved with all this don’t believe the firings had anything to do with “the gayness,” although they do acknowledge that the kish s/l was dropped b/c of focus groups, and ABCD has gone on the record stating kish was “killed” as a result of failing to resonate with “mainstream” audiences, and ABCD said they don’t want to waste their time on non-mainstream viewers, or basically any open-minded people. But there are plenty of mainstream fans who did enjoy these characters and s/l. And, since Evans andClaywell were fired b/c their s/l was dropped for these reasons, it does come across as bigoted. It’s so unjust for these actors to be fired and their s/l dropped for these reasons, especially since the actors did nothing but garner praise and hype for OLTL. People shouldn’t just accept the demise of this wonderful, groundbreaking s/l. To see how you can support Kish, Evans, and Claywell, please visit: http://www.dontputkishinthecloset.blogspot.com.

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Oh, and in regards to your outrage that the WLS interview took place in front of the Stonewall, you should really relax-it wasn’t some huge conspiracy. Evans, and a host of other actors were all attending a charity event that took place there. WLS covered the event, and conducted every interview in front of the venue there, as inside the tiny bar it was loud, crowded, and too poorly-lit for filming. Hope this clarification can put you at ease.

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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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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. 

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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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