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Paul Rauch weighs in on soaps troubled waters & OLTL's cancellation!

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One of the all-time magicians of the daytime genre, Paul Rauch discussed the plight of the soaps and the end of his beloved One Life to Live with TV Guide Canada in a new feature from Nelson Branco.  Rauch, who recently left The Young and the Restless as co-executive producer is widely known for his tremendous producing skills as head honcho at Another World, Guiding Light, and of course, One Life to Live.

During the TVG interview, Rauch gave his thoughts on how his protege Frank Valentini (EP, OLTL) is handling the news of the series ending. In addition, Rauch reveals his thoughts as the daytime landscape is all but washed away, and where many wrong turns were made within the industry over the last few decades.   Here are a few excerpts!

Rauch on how Valentini handled the news of the cancellation of OLTL: “He was devastated. I think he particularly believed ABC would keep the show on the air because One Life was doing such a good job [creatively and staying under budget]. He thought business as usual would continue. He was knocked out by the news. Frank will do a terrific job from now until the end of the show. No doubt about it. And my guess? I think their numbers will improve.”

Rauch on if he thinks that now that two soaps have been canceled, if those viewers will in turn start to watch the four remaining soaps: “I don’t know. People are so engrained in their own habits, so I don’t see that necessarily. I like sports, but if I don’t have football or baseball on, I’m not going to turn to hockey and basketball because I don’t like hockey and basketball. I’m not sure if that’s the benchmark or not, but I don’t know if viewers will turn to another story. I think fans might be angry – and not watch any soaps [because why invest]?”

Rauch on the way Oprah Winfrey delivered her message to soap fans that her OWN network, would not pick up AMC and OLTL: “She took the air as the decider when she said we’ll never do it. Unfortunately, she didn’t say, ‘My network can’t support an expensive model like soap operas.’ Essentially, she said, ‘soaps are done.’ I think it was a gratuitous point of view. The question posed by fans was: would your network be interested in [absorbing] AMC and One Life? What she should have said was: ‘We’re a branded network and we can’t afford a quarter to a million dollars a week to produce a show, but we can produce other shows for much less.’ That’s what her statement should’ve been instead of, ‘soaps are dead.’”

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Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

Still extremely sad about my shows. I will never watch abc after the last oltl airs. I totally agree with Mr Rauch about the way Noprah answered us. If she would have said it the way that he suggested, I would not have been mad. Now I am so angry and I hope OWN tanks.

Maureen
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Maureen

“noprah”?

Can you be anymore immature. If wishing for someone else to fail because they are unwilling to go in debt to save something that can’t be saved, then maybe its a good thing we will eventually see the soap business gone. People need to grow up.

Lew
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Lew

After her message to the soap fans, I haven’t watched her show since. What goes around comes around and cancellation may come to her OWN Network as well.

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Alicia Leigh Willis On Her Heavenly Return To GH: “What a Wonderful Experience Reminiscing With My Favorite Cast & Crew.”

Yesterday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the surprise return of Alicia Leigh Willis shortly reprising her role of Courtney Matthews, as she escorts Mike (Max Gail) to heaven.

Willis was last seen on GH in 2015 as a spirit and created the role back in 2001.

The actress took to social media and shared:”A little clip of my surprise return on @generalhospitalabc What a wonderful experience reminiscing with my favorite cast & crew.”

Viewers know that as Mike succumbed to Alzheimer’s, he wanted the dignity of not dying in front of his son, Sonny (Maurice Benard), and to shield Sonny from witnessing his death.

But in the story, Mike did not pass on alone; as his daughter showed up to take him with her to the afterlife.

Check out Courtney’s post below.

What did you think of the moment having Courtney be there for Mike at the end of his life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R Alum Mckenna Grace to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ For Season Four

She played Faith Newman on The Young and the Restless from 2013-2015 and since that time her career has skyrocketed.

Now comes word that Mckenna Grace has joined the cast of The Handsmaid Tale for its fourth season that is now in production and underway in Toronto, Canada.

According to Deadline, Grace will recur as Mrs. Keyes, a sharply intelligent, teen-aged wife of a much older Commander who rules her farm and household with confidence. She has a rebellious, subversive streak, and is calm and pious on the outside with turmoil, even insanity, on the inside.

The Handmaid Tale is Hulu’s Emmy Award-winning drama and is nominated for 10 Emmys this year and took home its first gold of the ten last night at the Creative Arts Emmys.

As for Mckenna’s other credits … she will be appearing in the upcoming film Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Grace recently starred with Viola Davis in the Amazon feature Troop Zero and in New Line’s Annabelle Comes Home. The actress also was in the film I, Tonya, Lifetime’s The Bad Seed,  and Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and s he has had recurring roles on TV’s Designated Survivor, Young Sheldon and Fuller House.

So what do you think of Mckenna joining the cast of The Handsmaid’s Tale?

 

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‘Empire’s’ Diamond White Lands Contract Role on The Bold and the Beautiful

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful to add to their cast with news on Thursday that Diamond White (previously see on Empire as Lala) will take on the role of Zoe’s (Kiara Barnes)sister, Paris Buckingham on the CBS daytime drama.

Paris and Zoe are the daughters of crime-ridden Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) who was sent to the slammer for his baby-switch plot involving baby Beth and his gambling debts.

White will begin taping her new role tomorrow on Friday, and will first are on the November 2nd episode of B&B.  Deadline first reported the news.

Besides her role on Empire, Diamond has had a recurring role on Netflix’s Dear White People, as well as a guest art on ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and more,

Looks like the Buckingham sisters might have their eyes set on Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) , the incoming Zende (Delon de Metz) and who knows who else on the canvas!

So, what do you think about a new Buckingham in the mix on B&B? Comment below.

 

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