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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #3

Soap expert Michael Fairman, General Hospital and Cougar Town’s Carolyn Hennesy, and the star of SOAPnet’s, MVP and Being Erica, Dillon Casey, are back for another edition of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast. What do these three have in common? Maybe nothing or maybe everything! Find out when these three co-host the latest episode.

You will hear: soap celebrity surprise guests, exclusive interviews, hot topics, the power performance of the week, and commentary on the latest storylines and 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 #3

Welcome to the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soap Podcast, hosted by Michael Fairman with his co-hosts; Carolyn Hennesy, and Dillon Casey. This month the threesome welcome special guests: Shawn Christian, Days of our Lives, Gina Tognoni, One Life to Live, and Steve Burton, General Hospital for some entertaining and revealing interviews. Plus, soap fan, Jenna Michelle stops by to tell us about her campaign to bring back Kish to One Life to Live! And, our hosts discuss soap’s hottest topics and news, perform a soap scene from Melrose Place, battle in 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 unique hour plus new episode!


On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #3 features the following segments:

  • News & Views – Was OLTL’s Kish too gay for America? Jean Passanante named co-head writer of One Life, Julianne Moore’s return to ATWT, GH replaces Drew Garrett with Chad Duell as the new Michael Corinthos, Ex-Y&R’s Brenda Dickons’s legal troubles, and AMC announces Michael Nouri as the new love interest for Susan Lucci, are discussed and highlighted.
  • Shawn Christian Interview – Our podcast call-in guest, Salem favorite Shawn Christian discusses the hilarious rigors of playing “hottie” Dr. Daniel Jonas on DAYS, working with Crystal Chappell as Carly, and the trouble in the relationship between Daniel and Chloe.
  • Power Performances of the Week – GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn with Carolyn Hennesy tops our list, and you will know and hear why!
  • Stump the Soapers – Can Dillon trip up Carolyn and Michael with soap trivia?  What happens when he throws these two soapers a curve ball during the game?  Play along with us.
  • Jenna Michelle Interview – Jenna who has created the Fish4Kish campaign, and rallied in front of GMA last month in her efforts to save the same-sex couple, Kish, discusses why the storyline resonated with her, why it was hard to say goodbye to the couple on OLTL this week, and why she will continue the fight to get the duo back on-air.
  • Soap Thought of the Day – Carolyn offers up what would happen if GH’s Diane got a hold of Kiefer?  Let’s say he did not die, but got beaten and abused instead as retribution for smacking around Kristina.
  • Steve Burton Interview – GH’s Jason discusses the end of Sonny’s trial, Chad Duell replacing Drew Garrett as Michael, the looming “Franco”, flying around the country with Carolyn Hennesy, Soap Nation’s upcoming Stagecoach Festival country and fan event, and JaSam.
  • Podcast Theatre – An audition scene from Melrose Place is featured, and played by co-hosts, Carolyn Hennesy and Dillon Casey in a very unique way!
  • Gina Tognoni Interview – Michael chats with OLTL’s Kelly and Venice’s Sami; about her return as Kelly to Llanview after many years, her remarkable run as Dinah on GL, playing opposite Galen Gering in Venice, and winning two Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Great podcast. It’s good to hear that Dillion Casey will be returning to Being Erica. I loved all the General Hospital talk, that soap is on fire. I have really been loving all of the Krisitina hospital scenes, and Carolyn is great. The Drew Garrett recast talk was very interesting, and I have been l-o-v-i-n-g Dakin Matthews as the judge. I think GH is going to sweep the Emmy’s next year. Really funny ep. And, can I just say how much I adore all of the old-school music clips you use for the segments? I so, have the urge to watch the Game Show Network right now. And, haha: “Brian, why’d you get rid of Kish? And we have an idea for a book!” Concerning Kish, I just want to add a bit to my response…

Why it struck a chord with me: I had been watching One Life to Live, and I had seen Kyle and Oliver around town, but when they embarked on the Kish love story, I just fell madly in love with it, and the characters, and the actors, and OLTL became my favorite show on TV. I just think Kish was one of the best love stories I’ve ever had the pleasure to see. The acting and writing was just incredible, and it is very nice that ABCD did bring this story to daytime viewers.

Regarding an ABC response, there’s been none given to me directly. Monmouth University’s Hawk TV News was there covering the rally, ABC took notice and sent the station a press release with their side of the story.

I have not really seen any anti-Kish people, anyone really being actively vocal about their pleasure at having Kish written off. Because they just don’t care. Kish fans *do* care, so we are actively trying to save this storyline.

For more information about how to support the storyline, and actors Scott Evans and Brett Claywell, please visit:

(PS-Sorry for the several times I breathed into the phone, my bad, lol.)

long story

Michael, I’m so glad you continued your podcast.It’s so much fun to listen to.Your guests were very informated or not..They only tease the fans. I love when Carolyn and Dillon do the script reading, especially Dillon with his Canadian accent…shades of Fargo.. you betcha.. It was great to hear Gina and I am so glad she returned to OLTL. Now the writers should give her a big story. Steve Burton is one of my all time favorites., and he is quite funny, I know what Jason is planning to do to save Sonny, But, I think Sonny should go instead of Michael and Jason. Sonny should be going to therapy for his claustrophobia and his bi-polar disorder by now, don’t you think? They should address that subject on the show as a service to others. Good be good story and not be for Sonny, but some one younger. Michael, I like your interim program bites, also. I support Jenna in her efforts to bring back Kish to OLTL. Good podcast…

With the huge push to get Drew Garett back as Michael Cortinthos, do you think there is any chance at all that this could happen? I thought he was a great actor and can’t understand why they replaced him. I have been reading all the “Keep Drew Garrett” websites and hope the powers that be hear what the fans want.

I know exactly how Jenna Michelle felt when Kish was “booted” from the show. I, too, felt like someone had ripped my guts out. Kish was probably the best storyline on any of the soaps this past year. I honestly cannot understand how a soap that is struggling so badly with ratings would want to “kill” one of the best storylines to come along in years. Scott Evans and Brett Claywell had such amazing chemistry together, better than any heterosexual couple I have ever seen on daytime! Not only was the chemistry there, but they put their hearts and souls into the storyline which obviously resonated with viewers based on their tremendous popularity. How OLTL and Mr. Valentini can dump such a tremendously popular couple like KISH and basically replace them in their own storyline with another couple who just happen to be the WORST actors on the show (RIGI), is unbelievable! To see a couple like Kish get pushed into the background of their OWN storyline, and then get unceremoneously dumped by the show without any notice and so abruptly, tells me that OLTL is a show I don’t want anything to do with any longer. Not only was it horrible treatment of the actors (Kish), but they obviously have NO respect for viewers and what THEY want to see. Nobody cares about RIGI. They are to mediocre actors, at best, that are just sucking the life out of the show. Rigi is the couple that should have been fired as they contribute NOTHING to the show and are very unpopular among viewers.

As I said, I no longer want anything to do with OLTL, nor do I want anything to do with the ABC network in general. I refuse support a bigot-minded network that treats its employees the way Scott Evans and Brett Claywell were treated in this situation. These two actors put everything they had into their storyline and didn’t deserve to be “kicked to the curb” in such a horrible fashion.

As a “mainstream” viewer (married, middle-aged female from the midwest), I will no longer watch OLTL (after watching for over 30 years), nor will I be watching any programming on the ABC network from now on. The ABC network will now and forever be bypassed by my TV remote.

GO KISH! You may no longer be seen on OLTL, but you will NEVER be forgotten!

Not sure I agree with the “middle America doesn’t accept a male couple raising a child” idea. “Modern Family” is a huge hit for ABC, and Cam and Mitchell are getting raves from all the critics. Sounds like the OLTL producers needed an excuse to can the story. Can daytime audiences really be that different from nighttime viewers?

Love It!!

Dillon Casey will be in Baton Rouge, LA? HA! He is in for some good food..that’s my neck of the woods.

Great podcast, Michael & Co. Keep up the great work!

i believe quote from brett shows his & scott’s love of the fans we may never why oltl
shutdown kish it a story that was beautifully played by brett & scott they still should get
a daytime emmy for ground breaking story. i ask will abc say they were wrong ? i say
they did get from mainstream viewers. my wife & i watched daily any show that brett &
scott taped they gave 110% each to it true to life great for a gay man & straight man.
i live in the south some except the gay lifestyle would tag some as focus
wife & i have a gay friend so how does oltl view us ?
heart of dixie

I wish Dillon Casey would become a personal trainer… I’d pay a lot to learn what he does to look so good!

Michael Fairman:

Please invite Lesli Kay onto a podcast. Ask her if she’ll be back on B&B once ATWT wraps up. Let her clarify her status w/ B&B. There were online reports that she’s off contract from B&B only as a technicality w/ accounting or something like that, because she was appearing on ATWT. So will she be back on B&B when ATWT is finished?

Or better yet, invite Susan Flannery to a podcast. Her interviews are interesting.

Not sure I agree with the “middle America doesn’t accept a male couple raising a child” idea.”

I’m not sure I agree with that either. That same-sex female couple on Guiding Light were looking after a kid and I did not hear many complaints about that aspect of the story. Although maybe people have different opinions when it is two men as opposed to two women raising children but I doubt it was the main issue people had with the story.

i agree Dillon should become a trainer!!!! HOT

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.”

Photo: TFordFacebook

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 Of Our Lives

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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