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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode # 11

Soap expert Michael Fairman, General Hospital and Cougar Town’s Carolyn Hennesy, welcome special guest co-host, General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson for the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast which centers around the hot new novel, The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, the cancellations of One Life to Live and All My Children, and May Sweeps in soapland. So, what do these three co-hosts have to say about it all? Find out when you listen to our most super-sized episode of the year!

You will hear: soap celebrity exclusive podcast interviews, behind-the-scenes scoops, discussion of soaps hottest topics, the power performance of the week, and more of what matters to you the soapers most – as we go 360 degrees inside, outside, and around the wide world of soaps!

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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #11

Welcome to the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast, hosted by Michael Fairman with co-hosts; Carolyn Hennesy and Bradford Anderson. This month the threesome welcome special guests: One Life to Live’s Robin Strasser, The Young and the Restless’ Emily O’Brien, and General Hospital’s Lisa LoCicero, for some emotional, entertaining, and revealing interviews. Plus, our hosts discuss the cancellations of both One Life to Live and All My Children, battle it out in our soap trivia game show segment, name the power performance of the week, and much more. It’s all in a jam-packed hour and forty minute special with the author and the subject of The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli on our most thought-provoking, compelling, and fun podcast to date!


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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #11 features the following segments:

  • Lisa LoCicero InterviewGeneral Hospital’s Lisa LoCicero, who plays the sexy and saucy Olivia Falconeri, calls-in to discuss Olivia’s chapter in The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, the men in Olivia’s soap life; Steven, Sonny, and Johnny, and how she found out the news of the cancellation of AMC. Starts @ 18:43
  • News and Views – The disturbing, shocking, and heartbreaking decision by ABC to cancel One Life to Live and All My Children are discussed in detail, and the fallout in the soap world since the news was handed-down. Starts@ 32:33
  • Power Performance of the Week – One Life to Live’s Robin Strasser takes this episode’s highest recognition for her performance where Dorian leaves Clint having a heart attack. Hear the clip and the co-hosts reactions! Starts@45:42
  • Robin Strasser Interview – One Life to Live’s incomparable Dorian, Daytime Award winning actress, Robin Strasser is our next call-in guest. Robin discusses how she learned of the axing of OLTL, the outrage, frustration, and sadness she has been grappling with since the decision by ABC, and how the cancellation will affect hundreds of jobs and lives. Starts @ 49:17
  • Stump the Soapers: The Spinelli Edition – Bradford Anderson hosts a special edition of our podcast game show, Stump the Soapers, where he tries to stump Carolyn and Michael with Spinelli trivia! Starts@ 1:12:57
  • Emily O’Brien Interview – The Young and the Restless departing Emily O’Brien is our final soap star call-in guest, just as her Genoa City alter-ego, Jana Hawkes Fisher is front and center in a huge May Sweeps storyline! Hear Emily’s thoughts on her final scenes, and her plans for the future. 1:20:06
  • Carolyn’s Soap Thought of the Day – In our staple segment of the podcast, Carolyn, in light of the cancellations of OLTL and AMC, delivers a serious Soap Thought for fans of the genre. Starts@1:29:38
  • Karlene Bates Interview – On-Air On-Soaps ran a contest on our website to answer seven questions that you could only find the answers to by reading The Secret Life of a Damian Spinelli. Karlene Bates was our lucky contest winner and she calls-in to talk with our hosts! @ 1:32:18

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Wonderful podcast. Carolyn is a class act. Bradford – what vocal cords! I think that Robin should write a tell-all book about the final days of OLTL.

Thanks For A Wonderful Podcast, Michael, Carolyn, & Bradford! 🙂

Great Post!

Another awesome podcast! Truly enjoyed it! Thank you for having Bradford on he is one of my favorites! As always Carolyn is wonderful. The interviews were great especially Robin’s and the show was jam packed with great conversation. Thanks Michael!

Hey,Michael. I loved your podcast. First of all, I liked your opening music very much. I hope you will play more of that ,next podcast. Carolyn, your stalwart, is so smart and witty. Plus to have Bradford on with her was a treat, especially to hear them talk about the book., The Secret Life of Damien Spinelli. Carolyn must be thrilled that the book is number 10 on the best seller list. Is there anything she can’t do? When I heard Bradford’s singing, I couldn’t believe my ears. He has a great voice! I didn’t know about the group Port Chuck and that the guys from GH had made a recording and were on the road. Fantastic! Also , Lisa Lo Cicero that beautiful girl from GH that was your guest said ,she is in the book of Spinelli. I haven’t seen or read the book, but it sounds like a trip. Have to buy it. My favorite part of the podcast was Stump The Soapers, with Brad supplying the questions from the book. I was very amused that everytime you buzzed in, you and Carolyn were both wrong, and she wrote the book. It was hilarious. The other highlight was having Robin Strasser on and hearing her emotional comments about the cancellation of OLTL.. and yet being very realistic. She was also telling the fans not to blacklist the soaps because of those cancellations and keep watching their soap. Very good advice!! I love Dorian and when she left Clint as he was having a heart attack and getting the information she needed. She was so good at teasing him . It bordered on evil. And your last guest, Emily O’Brien, was kind of mixed emotions for me because I watch Y&R and have wanted her story line to be over, even though she has played her part brilliantly. I wonder if you guessed right, Michael, of how she exits the show. I think you might be . We shall see. I was thinking that, too. All in all ,your podcast was jammed packed with good and fun entertainment, Michael. I liked it so much. Good going! Till next time……

Michael really missing the podcast… when is the next one? Have been reading comments on FB and is it true that Laura Wright is leaving GH? Please find out and she would be a great guest for the next podcast.

General Hospital

Sonya Eddy’s Family Wants Her Daytime Emmy Received Posthumously; Instead of in Hands of Friend and Producing Partner; NATAS Weighs-In

A situation has been brewing for just who will have possession of the gold statuette won posthumously by General Hospital’s Sonya Eddy. The late actress won for her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performances as Epiphany Johnson at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards back on December 15th, 2023, close to the one-year anniversary of her death.

Sonya died on December 19, 2022 from complications following a non-emergency surgery. Now, Eddy’s family wants possession of the Daytime Emmy that was accepted at the ceremony on Eddy’s behalf by her longtime business partner and friend, Tyler Ford.

According to TMZ, Sonya’s brother, Robbie Eddy shares that there are no plans to take legal action against Ford, but the entire family was working to get the Emmy into their hands.  The article cites that Eddy contacted the “Television Academy”, but the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences administers the Daytime Emmys, and that he wishes they would have informed the family she was going to win the Emmy beforehand, but as fans know, the Daytime Emmy winners are not known to the actors prior to the opening of the envelope on Emmy night.

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Apparently, the family wants Tyler to do the “right thing” and give them Sonya’s Emmy Award. While the outlet reports that Sonya’s 84-year-old mom will have the award, since she she allegedly helped “sponsor Sonya’s Hollywood Career.”

The report shared that their sources say that Sonya was actually “estranged from some family members when she died,” and that she “wasn’t getting along with her brother because they were fighting over who was going to provide and care for their mom, who has Alzheimer’s and dementia.” Sonya’s brother says they were working on repairing their relationship when she died.After the family dispute with Ford came to light, NATAS came forward an issued a statement, according to Soap Opera Network. 

The statement read: “Consistent with the Trademark Policy engraved on the base of each statuette, NATAS has made arrangements with the producers of General Hospital for the Academy’s safekeeping of Ms. Eddy’s statuette in her memory.”

Tyler Ford accepted Sonya’s Emmy at the 50th annual Daytime Emmys telecast and expressed: “Accepting these flowers is bittersweet. I know that Sonya would only relish in the sweet. I want to thank Frank Valentini more than anything for being a faithful friend, and Disney/ABC and the cast and crew of General Hospital for embracing her for 16 years. I want to thank the Academy for acknowledging her contribution and craft. Sonya never aspired to be an actor, and when while her talent was undeniable, I’m sure that she is more overjoyed by being remembered for how she made people feel on-screen and off. Thank you.”

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When Eddy passed away, Ford took to Facebook and shared: “People always leave. Whether by circumstance or cessation, endings are one of the consistent certainties of life. Time and time again I underestimate the gravity of dispossession. The darkest hours however are without question the most illuminating. It has been a year since the passing of my best friend, professional partner and creative soul-mate Sonya Eddy. Aside from my initial public statement to the press and various news outlets I have remained silent. Truth be told, my entire psyche was recalibrated. For the first time, I was adrift at sea without a shore in sight. Uncharacteristically purposeless and apathetic. We were partners, not only on paper but in life. Together, we forged through many fires and her resiliency was nothing short of inspirational. If I had one wish it would be for her to have experienced the impact she made. The adoration. The respect. The love. Silently and without conscious awareness, someday becomes today. And then someday becomes yesterday. And thus unfolds your life. While our unified force will never be replicated, I will do my best to honor your legacy and finish what we started.”

So, what do you think about this war over Sonya’s Eddy? Should it go to where NATAS said it will be stored at GH, with Sonya’s longtime friend and producing partner, Tyler Ford, or should it be given to Sonya’s seemingly estranged family? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS Kate Mansi Learns The Ropes Of Directing A Multi-Cam Soap In New DOOL App Series

She has won a Daytime Emmy for her stellar performances as Abigail Deveraux, but now as many know, Kate Mansi has been spreading her wings as a director behind-the-camera.

Mansi follows on the heels of such fan favorite actresses as: Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Cady McClain (Dixie and Rosanna Ex-AMC and ATWT) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH) all who have eventually gone on to direct daytime and primetime episodes  of noted and successful series.

In the new DOOL app four-part series, From On-Stage to Behind-The-Scenes with Kate Mansi, the talented young actress learns the rigors and demands of working behind the camera in the fast world of daytime drama from Days of our Lives‘ director (and another Emmy winner) Sonia Blangiardo,who mentors Kate through the process.

The series talks about the current movement of having more female directors getting opportunities and be recognized for their work in film and TV, and the challenges a soap opera director faces every day: from dry block, where they work with the actors, working through their shot lists, and the ensuing problems that can arise in any production on the day to day.  But in soaps, the pressure is really on, because there is not much time to re-shoot things and to get them right.

It’s a fascinating view of what goes on at as the director bring their vision to life in the world of soap in a realistic way.  Make sure to download the DOOL app to check out Kate’s journey.

Now below, let us know if you saw the first episode of Kate;s directing journey on the DOOL app and what you thought of it? Look for new episodes to be posted every Thursday for the next three weeks.


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‘EastSiders’ Drops Trailer for Fourth and Final Season

While we all wait to find out just how Thom (Van Hansis) and Cal’s (Kit Williamson) tumultuous relationship and journey comes to its conclusion in the series finale, the EastSiders crew released their season four trailer!

As fans of the LGBTQ-focused series (written and created by Williamson) know, this will be the final season, and it looks to be a doozy! Several of RuPaul’s Drag Race stars are also in the mix.

In story, Thom and Cal look to be sleeping with other people, and having their moments of disconnect.  But will it end with them finally just being with each other? Their future is in question.

Those complex relationship woes are intertwined with the wedding planning of their friends; Douglas (William Belli) and Quincy’s (Stephen Guarino) nuptials. Things take a comedic turn when Douglas’ colorful bridal party reveals itself to include: Drag Race’s Manila Luzon (who also appeared on General Hospital) and Katya .  In addition, original Queer Eye culture expert Jai Rodriguez is along for the ride.

But there is more to the story: Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke), who are trying to raise a foster child are also trying to figure out their relationship. while while Ian (John Halbach) and girlfriend Hillary (Ex-GH’s Brianna Brown) deal with the news of Hillary’s bombshell .. she’s pregnant! But, is Ian also seeing someone on the side?

Check out the final season trailer of EastSiders and get ready for its premiere December 1st on Netflix.

So, will you be watching how all these relationships play out on EastSiders season four? Comment below.

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