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UPDATE and Clarification on Romanovich's "No Emmy ATWT Tribute"

UPDATE from earlier today on Jim Romanovich’s tweet that said,  “As the World Turns will not be given an Emmy Tribute in 2010 if the show should be telecast.”  Now the ATI executive, gave some clarification this afternoon to We Love Soaps.

Romanovich: “I’d like to clarify my tweet from the other day. As you know, you’re only allowed 140 characters so basically all you have is the punch line and not the set-up. The tweet was my conclusion that there would be no ATWT tribute and here’s why. I think it would be too costly for P&G to do it considering there is no real return of investment in doing so. They have to arrange all the cast, transportation, flights, hotels, etc. on a show that is going away or possibly gone by the time the Emmys would air. The Academy has no hand in this until they know the arrangements can happen. Then they decide to do it. So, ultimately it’s not really our decision.

The fact is that I don’t see a tribute this year because of that, first and foremost, but I can’t rule it out either as nothing is yet carved in stone. The event for television so far this year isn’t even a reality as no agreements have been signed. When, or if, we have something definite with NATAS, I would like to be given approval to reach out to P&G as I absolutely would love to see this great series honored on television while there’s still a Daytime Emmys for TV to talk about. Talking, I said…

But there is also that issue of AMC’s 40th anniversary and this is a show that is current, had some major positive changes overall, and is looking ahead. And I don’t want to cheapen either show by doing each half-assed. Believe it or not, there are no decisions on that either. This is mainly because no decisions have been made between ATI and NATAS. We’re working on it. We’ve provided what we think is a topper to last year. But ultimately NATAS has to do what’s in its best interest. So, we’ll see.”

So if fans are going to scream about an ATWT tribute, then they have to stand behind me because if nobody hears me scream, then TPTB sure as hell won’t hear anyone else. If it makes sense with all on board creatively and financially and can be done effectively in the confines of the show, then great. If not, then no. For me, the most important thing is the big picture. And that big picture contains two main ingredients: Celebrate all of Daytime TV and provide an entertaining show.

So, my apologies for not delivering my intended message in under 140 characters! God forbid we should need 141 characters…”

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I’m not surprised CBS and P&G are so tight they have not given ATWT any kind of promotion in atleast 20 years!! They have been working for the death of this show for years the writing has been dreadful since Douglas Marland’s death!! Look at how little was done for Guiding Light, not too much so not surprised that P&G and CBS would do nothing they don’t care about the hundreds of people that are out of work after Guidling light was cancelled and the hundreds more that will be out of work after ATWT is cancelled.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

Soap Con Live, is a women-owned company, co-created by Lacretia Lyon (Bleav in Soap Operas/ Forever and a Day) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) who wanted to bring their love of soaps and Comic Cons together and introduce a new & exciting experience to fans of Daytime.

So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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