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Robin Strasser tweets she has to leave OLTL before the end of the series!

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Oh no! Say it isn’t so! The amazing Robin Strasser (Dorian) of One Life to Live took to twitter just a few hours ago and announced that due to unforseen health reasons she will have to exit Llanview as Dorian sooner than later, and before the end of the series!

Strasser tweeted: “I’ll have to leave OLTL sooner than the cancellation date, for compelling health reasons. Unable 2 meet high standards I owe our great show.  BUMMER! Darn right. WISDOM indicates a GRACE-full exit, before I fall on my bum. “Always leave ’em laughin”. With Tuc and luck, hope I will!”

We just can’t imagine Robin gone from the final episode, but who knows? Maybe they can pre-tape some of her scenes.  Don’t know, but no one in the soap business has given their all like La Strasser!  And, health should be her first priority.  Stay tuned.

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lisa
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lisa

Godspeed Robin….and Bless you for your years of dedication to your character and your craft.
I hope all will be well with you….

Again Thank You !!

m.e.
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m.e.

hi Robin, I will definitely say my prayers for you that all will be well. I had the privlege of meeting you many years ago at a fan club gathering for Judith. I remember how I made you laugh and still see it. you are so beautiful or should I say stunningly gorgeous. Please stay well. m.e. xx

Brian
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Brian

Hopefully Robin Strasser will read all the post that are sure to follow this article. Please find some way to be there for the final shows. You will be greatly missed if your are absent from the final days of this wonderful show.

todd
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todd

That is terrible news. I pray she gets well, and that she can somehow return for the final scenes. Robin is definitely the MVP of the show. I have had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a fan club event. I was so nervous to meet her, but she was one of the warmest actresses I have ever met. She elevates every scene she is in. I am still bummed she didn’t get nominated this year. I hope they write her an amazing exit. I hope that somehow we get to see more of Robin in the future.

mmc
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mmc

Robin, you are truly one of the memorable ladies of soaps.Take care of your health first and thanks for all the great years you gave your all!Your fans love you!

steve
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steve

Robin so so sorry to here that ‘OLTL’ just will not be the same without You ! I wish God Speed to get well very very soon all my best to You !

Sue
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Sue

wow, I can’t imagine the last OLTL with out Robin. It has to be serious for her to exit early. I’m sure she would have stuck it out to the end otherwise. I really hope things go well for her healthwise.

She wants to leave em laughing – Dorian/David – let’s hope so.

Lew
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Lew

Ms. Strasser, You are a class act and I will miss your performance as Dorian Cramer, Lord, Callison, Hayes, Laurence, Vickers. Take care and the best to you out west!

Jack661
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Jack661

I hope before Robin leaves that they’ll find a way to bring Anthony Call back to share some scenes with her. Herb and Dorian had the most wonderful multi-layered chemistry which went on for years even when the characters were no longer married. So I hope they find a way for them to cross paths again before the show ends. tony and robin were amazing acting partners.

eileen_nyc
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eileen_nyc

I hope whatever health issues she has, they improve and she will be very missed as will all the AMC and OLTL casts. She gave her all to that show.

Doe
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Doe

This was very hard to hear Robin leaving soo and with health problems. I do wish her well and hope whatever she is dealing with health wise will be a quick recovery. Robin, you are the best and one of the finest actresses to grace any stage. God bless!

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

We Love You Madly, Robin! Please Feel Better! 🙂 🙂

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

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So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

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So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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