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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #6

Soap expert Michael Fairman, General Hospital and Cougar Town’s Carolyn Hennesy, and their special guest co-host, Christian LeBlanc of The Young and the Restless 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 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 #6

Welcome to the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soap Podcast, hosted by Michael Fairman with his co-hosts; Carolyn Hennesy, and Christian LeBlanc. This month the threesome welcome special guests: Terri Colombino, As the World Turns, Melissa Reeves, Days of our Lives, and Dillon Casey, Being Erica and MVP, for some entertaining and revealing interviews. Plus, our hosts discuss, soap’s hottest topics and news, 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 of fun in our new episode!

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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #6 features the following segments:

  • Terri Colombino Interview – Our podcast soap star call-in guest, Oakdale favorite Terri Colombino, discusses Katie’s final storyline on As the World Turns as the show heads towards its final week.  Find out her thoughts on the Reid Oliver/Chris Hughes heart transplant storyline and the way it played out, the loss of Helen Wagner, and saying goodbye to the fans who have been so loyal to the 54-year-old soap.
  • News & Views – Kim Zimmer’s return to daytime and to One Life to Live, ATWT’s Eric Sheffer-Stevens fans organize fundraising campaign for Doctors without Borders to deal with their grief over the death of Dr. Reid Oliver, Michael Sutton returns to GH in special episodes as Stone Cates, B&B replaces Daytime Emmy winner, Drew Tyler Bell with actor, Adam Gregory, are discussed and highlighted.
  • Soap Thought of the Day – Carolyn offers up her thoughts on who should be the newest and hottest daytime supercouple, and yes, they are from General Hospital!
  • ATWT’s Kirk McColl Recall – Michael and Carolyn try to jog Christian LeBlanc’s memory of his first soap character of Kirk McColl on As the World Turns. What does he remember? And, what tidbits might you hear for the first time on the podcast?
  • Power Performance of the Week – GH’s Kimberly McCullough tops our list, and you will hear and know why!
  • Melissa Reeves Interview – Our next podcast soap star call-in guest, Melissa Reeves, discusses the her return to Days of our Lives, her upcoming virtual chat appearance at daytimeconnnection.com, Frances Reid and Alice Horton’s memorial tributes, and life with her husband, GH’s, Scott Reeves.
  • Stump the Soapers – Dillon Casey, our usual podcast co-host calls in from Toronto to try and trip up Carolyn, Michael, and Christian with Primetime soap trivia. Play along with us.
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If you have a question on the soaps that you want answered for the upcoming taping of the September episode, call our On-Air On-Soaps Podcast caller line at 1-213-973-SOAP.

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Heidi
Heidi

Another fabulously fun podcast! Thanks Michael, Carolyn and Christian!

Christy
Christy

I enjoyed the podcast especially the talk about New Orleans. I just moved down there in February and I love it. It would be great if Carolyn and any of of the other soap actors decided to have a fan or benefit event down here. I would definitely come!

Lisa
Lisa

A FANTASTIC podcast. I am so proud to be a LuRe fan and so proud that we hit our $15,000 goal for Dr.’s without Borders. It was great to hear from both Terri and Melissa. Can’t wait till the next one. Thanks Michael, Carolyn and Christian.

Doe
Doe

What a fun packed podcast, Michael. It was loaded with great features and great guests. Loved Christian as a guest host. It was very interesting to hear about his early days on TV soaps. It wa also meaninful when he talke about his father and late brother. I’m a big fan of Christian and respect his talent so much. Terry Columbino was fun to have on, especially her views on the ending of ATWT. The last few episodes she has been on with the transplant and all, she has given a solid performance. So, kudos to her. Melissa returning to Days is wonderful. I only wish Matthew Ashford was coming, too. The trivia test Dillon gave you three was fun. I think even I knew some of the Dallas answers. Carolyn is so glib and so knowledgeable and creative in her own right. So, I think you have a great group of stars on, Michael. I would love to see Christian come back for another hosting gig. Will look forward to your next podcast,…..

Brian
Brian

Christian & Carolyn are so witty & hilarious on this podcast. 🙂 Seeing them onstage would really be a total treat! 🙂

Sue
Sue

Fun podcast. C-hosts were funny! Carolyn wants her character hooked up with Brenda- LOL!
Great to hear from Melissa Reeves. I remember her farewell scene with Frances Reid in 2006- very touching. I thought the same thing, they will never do a scene together again on Days.
Hoping they don’t kill Jack off and put Jennifer in a triangle.

Rose
Rose

Dianeda!!! HILARIOUS. Love these podcasts.

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

Another actor has been arrested for a DUI, and this one happened over Memorial Day Weekend.

News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

So, what do you think about the latest past or present soap star receiving a DUI? Remember Zach on ATWT? Comment below.

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More As the World Turns former cast members come forth during the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in Alan Locher;’s weekly ‘Locher Room’ virtual chats.

Newly announced on Thursday are former on-screen lovebirds, Michael Swan (Ex-Duncan) and Margaret Reed (Ex-Shannon).

Look for the twosome to appear on the upcoming Thursday June 4th edition of the reunion series, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a. m. PT.

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Remember Duncan and Shannon’s ATWT love story? Looking forward to seeing Michael and Margaret? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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