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Sean Carrigan on the End of his Run as ‘Stitch’: “I Felt Very Honored That Y&R Trusted Me With Such a Heavy Storyline”

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This week was the end of the line for Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn’s return to Genoa City.   After being exposed as Mariah’s (Camyrn Grimes) kidnapper. “Stitch” went on the run, leaving the door open for a possible return down the line for his portrayer, Sean Carrigan, to redeem the character.

In his exit interview in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Carrigan shared he sees “Stitch” as “Emotionally damaged at this point and looking for a lifeline, not knowing what that is, and how to find it.”

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Sean revealed he was most proud of his final scenes with Melissa Ordway (Abby), expressing: “First of all, I feel very honored that Y&R trusted me with such a heavy storyline.  I felt it was my duty to try and give it the true emotions that would come from a deep place within ‘Stitch'”.   He went on to say, ” The explanation of why he did what he did is the payoff that I hope that audience wanted,” adding, “I’m sure everybody was scratching their heads a little bit over why “Stitch” did this, but I hope you saw the emotional trauma this character has been going through, so you can understand, in a twisted way, why he did this.”

Carrigan hopes to have a chance at wiping the slate clean for the character with a return one day to the top-rated CBS Daytime drama series.

So, what did you think about how “Stitch’s” storyline came to a close? Hope Sean comes back again to reprise the role? Comment below.

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Poor Sean Carrigan!.. as if he didnt have to make the post of that anti-climatic story he has to continue to lie and act to the press?!
This story was a filler that stretched out three weeks too long!
Melissa Ordway and he actually have chem and the story couldve gone in sooo many more suspenseful directions: Stitch should ve been innocent with a capable writer and fooled the audience with the false accusation . Max could ve escaped his psch ward and kidnapped Mariah after following his dad and fearing he and Abby would get back together! Or since its a Chancellor baby any # of Chancellor enemies could ve been responsible, Kays kidnappers from awhile back, Ian Ward etc

I think this story was just the lead into Mariah and Devon wanting more involvement in the infant’s life. I see a custody storyline coming.

Lew S,
Ordinarily I’d agree with you about the custody thing, but as Devon considers Abby such a close friend, I don’t know if he could do that. Also, if and when Chance ever comes back, a lot of things are bound to change, including his ideas on all this, especially Tessa and Mariah’s living arrangements. Abby already resents Mariah’s closeness to her son and Mariah wanting to pull him closer. I hope this doesn’t ruin their friendship. What started out as such a boring SL may actually get pretty interesting.

Hi Violet–hope you’re well—–
I have to ask——
Are my young eyes going weird or—–
is the font/print too tiny to read the posts without a magnifying glass??
—–The print is excruciatingly small. yes???

Iam hanging in there, thanks for asking. I think you are right and we may be able to adjust the font size in the settings. I’ll get back to you after I check it out.

I told you in my previous comment about trying to enlarge font in the settings, and I did and I think it worked. Give it a try and let me know. Someone else may know of a better solution, good luck.

Hi violet.. there are ways to enlarge but–
it’s also quite easy to adjust the font size for the posts and replies in the post-board codes….
Hopefully, Michael will consider doing that and enlarge the tiny-tiny print.. ..
take care be safe 🙂

I agree. More problems to come. There should have been counselling for all involved about the feelings and emotions involved in surrogate parents, even between good friends. And then there is the unreliable Chance due to his profession. I know it can be hard to know how much time goes by in a soap, but how could everyone not be worried about Mariah being missing for more than a day in her condition? Even if “she wanted to be alone.” To me that was a red flag. And the absolute disconnect Abby is having thinking Mariah can just hand over the baby and walk away, especially after the nightmare Stitch put her through. Abby to me is clueless.

Today was thinking the same thing. This spoiled daddy’s girl, doesn’t have a clue as you say, but is being so unfeeling and inconsiderate of Mariah, and that this is her right and not a privilege. Iam surprised she didn’t offer to pay Mariah.

I’m with Damien on this. As much as I dislike kidnap stories, there had to be better ways to handle this. And, after all those weeks of torture, it’s wrapped up in, what, two episodes? Never cared for the Stitch character but even he deserved better than this adolescent psychotic break with reality. Saying he saw a man buying protein bars at a 7-11 on the outskirts of town? Sounds like lyrics to a Springsteen song, circa 1980.

Loll Soaphound
This story hasty wrap up along with the Tara/ Kyle story wrap up is total toilet seat scripting

It is stunning that Josh Griffith continues on as headwriter. In a capable writer’s hands, this story could’ve been riveting drama. Shout-out to all the actors, for making “gold” of what they were handed.

What was the point oh yes to set up a fuss over custody etc I think we had that story from Griffith concerning Christian and now does the kid even exist did we wipe that out? Bill Bell would not even recognize the soap he created.

Yes, where is Christain, and speaking of existing, why haven’t we seen that new baby? Do they not want to show a baby of color or are they just going to show Abby holding what looks like a loaf of bread forever?

Violet it probably has to do with Covid and no one wanting a infant on set.

To tell you the truth you are probably right. I didn’t think of that but now Iam surprised they had the little guy that played Harrison on set so much.

I feel that Sean did a great job, as usual. There was so many possibilities with this SL. I thought he was the kidnapper right from the beginning but did not want it to be, so thought up kinds of other possibilities including Nina locking Mariah up. Even though. they say this is the end, I never say never and with Sean and his mentally ill son out there somewhere, there are endless scenarios to terrorize Abby and Chance.

I never was a fan of Stitch or the portrayer BUT this was semi-interesting and the story went flat, like that! Abby was the best thing that ever happened to Stitch. Why couldnt he desperately ask for a second “Chance!” Why couldnt Stitch reveal himself to Mariah, deliver the baby and keep her captive and have dialogue with Mariah about how this should have been his and Abby’s baby. Or, maybe capture Abby with Mariah and have great scenes between the three of them and finally the girls get the upper hand and foil Stitch! Send him away AND then have Max return in a couple years for revenge on what the girls “Did” to his father!

There was so much they could have done with this. Its pure laziness!

Wow Y&R brings you back for such a lame story line then just kicked you to the curb…so sorry they did that to you I think you are a better actor than half the idiots they got on this show! Good luck in all you do Y&R you really suck!

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.


As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Breaking News

‘The Talk’ Renewed For 15th and Final Season to End in December; Does Its Cancellation Make Room for ‘The Gates’?

Things just got very interesting over at CBS daytime with the announcement today that The Talk is going to end its run on the network after its 15th season, and that season looks to be shortened as the series will come to its conclusion in December of 2024.

In a joint statement, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, President, CBS Studio, shared, “The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format. Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

Reisenback and Stapf added, “It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our Executive Producer/Showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew.

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Giving props to those who co-hosted or worked on the show through the years including: Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Carrie Ann Inaba Leah Ramimi, Marissa Janet Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne, the joint statement added, “We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day.  And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

While no firm decision or announcement has been given at this time, it seems most likely that The Talk’s time slot could be given to the new soap opera in development The Gates from CBS Studio Ventures and from longtime soap opera writer. Michele Val Jean.  As previously reported, The Gates features the lives of a wealthy Black family who reside in a posh, gated community.

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The Talk was originally the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, who had developed the show when it launched back 2010 and it replaced the beloved As the World Turns which went off the air after 54 years when CBS canceled it.

So, what do you think of The Talk being canceled? Will this make room for The Gates to begin to air in its spot beginning in 2025? Share your reactions to the news via the comment section.

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