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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
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.



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.


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.


Dr. Oz Set to Announce Candidacy For Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Seat; Will Likely Take Break from Talk Show

(UPDATED) There is a new celebrity who has entered the political arena.  This time it’s Daytime Emmy-winning talk show host, Dr. Mehmet Oz.

According to TMZ overnight, Dr. Oz will announce his intentions to run for the republican U. S. Senate seat in Pennyslvania.

Oz will run for republican Pat Toomey’s seat.  Toomey is set to retire.

Sources tell TMZ that Oz has already made a multi-million dollar media buy in the state for his political run, and that he make the official announcement on Tuesday night on Fox News Channel’s Hannity,

The report also shares that Dr, Oz already has a  full campaign staff former National Republican Senatorial Committee head, Chris Hansen.

As to the future of the Dr. Oz show, it would appear that Oz would likely take a step back from the show over the next few months, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Since this posting, late Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Mehmet Oz made his announcement that he is indeed running for the republican senate seat in Pennsylvania. Watch the video below, then share your thoughts in the Comment section.

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OLTL Alum Arlene Dahl Dead At 96, Son Lorenzo Lamas Shares: “She Was The Most Positive Influence In My Life”

Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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Guiding Light’s Robert Newman Pays Tribute to the Brilliance of Lisa Brown

On Sunday, longtime Guiding Light mainstay, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis), shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page on the death of his former co-star, Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon).

As previously reported, Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 67 from cancer. She portrayed the beloved role of Nola on the CBS soap opera from 1980-1985 and was front and center in many stories which featured Nola’s antics, fantasies, and of course, her love affair with Quint, the late Michael Tylo.

In his message on Brown’s death, Robert Newman expressed: “I was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of the great Lisa Brown. When I first joined the show in 1981, Lisa was pretty much the center of everything. A real whirlwind. Her work with the late Michael Tylo was fantastic. I particularly have fond memories of Nola’s fantasies …Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, etc. I don’t think I was ever a part of those fantasies, but I remember watching them being taped in the studio and she was just amazing.”

Newman goes on to say: “One of my fondest Lisa memories, however, was sitting in the audience at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC watching Lisa head up the cast of 42nd Street with Lee Roy Reams in 1981 or so. It was one of those times when you see a colleague that you know from one genre, Daytime Drama, in an entirely different genre, Musical Comedy, and you are completely surprised and blown away. Again, she was just fantastic in the role and I as a fellow musical comedy performer, I had great, great respect for her. Below is a clip from a television performance of her as Peggy in 42nd Street. Her death at such a young age is a great loss to the daytime community. Love and prayers to her family and friends.”

Michael Fairman TV also shares below the video posted by Robert below, which reminds us of just how multi-talented Lisa was for her fans, the audience, and to all that knew her. On a personal note: “Lisa always performed at the ‘Night of the Daytime Stars’ benefit for AMFAR in New York City during the AIDS pandemic that I created and produced.  It was the annual event held the night before the Daytime Emmys, and she was always willing to lend her support and talents to help others in need.”

Share your thoughts on Robert Newman’s remembrance of Lisa Brown via the comment section.

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