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So what goes into naming a soap character? OLTL's writer, Altman POV in WGA Blog!

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Shelly Altman a member of Ron Carlivati’s writing team at One Life to Live, last week blogged as a special guest blogger for the Writers Guild of America’s website in their new column cleverly called, Write On. The scribe’s latest post entitled, What’s In a Name? Take a look at those interesting choices writers make for their newly found characters!

Here is an excerpt:  “Eden.  Jax.  Greenlee.  Markko.  Soap opera names; exotic, outrageous, sometimes unforgettable enough to find their way into mainstream American life.  How many 28 year-old Lukes and Lauras do you think there are today?  If you search the internet for baby names, you’ll find tons of websites devoted to soap opera names.

Choosing the right name for a character on a TV show is critical.  It helps define the character’s personality.  The name Slade suggests danger whereas Joey sounds like your good buddy.  Mary’s probably a sweet girl, but Jezebel’s trouble.  When you add someone new to a forty-year old soap opera with a history of roughly 1,000 characters over the years, coming up with an original name can be a challenge.  Over the years, I’ve found my own ways to meet it.  Sometimes I name characters to honor people in my own life.  On One Life to Live, lawyers Alex Cody and Morgan Guthrie were named for my sons.  Their high school directory has provided names like Margay and Grayson and Asher.  For their school’s charity fundraiser, I used to auction off the right to have a one-shot under-five character named for the highest bidder.  When the last winner gave me a really hard time because she didn’t like her namesake’s characterization (even the audience has divas), I abandoned the practice.”

General Hospital

Kelly Monaco Back To Work As Lindsay Hartley Thanks GH For Her Time Playing Sam

General Hospital fans have been watching soap veteran, Lindsay Hartley fill-in for Kelly Monaco in the role of Sam on recent episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

Now comes word via GH’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) via a Facebook live with Steve Burton (Jason) that Monaco is back filming new episodes. Burton added: “She’s good, she’s healthy and she’s back!”

Meanwhile, Hartley took to social media on Thursday and shared her gratitude for the chance to step in to the role for Sam for a bit, expressing: “Thank you General Hospital for the fortunate experience to play Sam, and especially during this moment in time. It was a fun ride.”

So, glad to know Kelly is back taping new episodes?  Let’s give a round of applause to Lindsay Hartley for a job well-done in Kelly’s absence. Comment below.

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B&B’s Tanner Novlan Talks On How His Family Dog Is Named “Thorne” & The New Soap Term “Intimacy Double”

The Bold and the Beautiful’s new doctor in town, Dr Finnegan, is played by Tanner Novlan, and he has already sent hearts-a-flutter following his debut to viewers of the CBS Daytime drama, but also for his on-screen love interest Steffy Forrester (played by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

On Thursday, Novlan appeared on the KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles with veteran entertainment reporter, Sam Rubin.   During their interview, Tanner revealed how his mom is a huge fans of B&B back in Canada  …. and how the family dog was even named after one of the Forrester men, “Thorne” Forrester.

As well, Novlan revealed he was cast in the role of Finn right before the pandemic hit and the television industry production shut down in Hollywood … and that he kept it a secret from his mom for a bit that he got the part for fear she might tweet about it!

Rubin asked about the safety protocols in place at the soap, and with B&B being the first TV show back in production during COVID-19 how the term “Intimacy Double” is being used on set.

Watch Tanner talk B&B, COVID-19 protocols and more with KTLA below.

Then let us know if you are enjoying his performance as Finn thus far in the comment section.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Ron Carlivati Thanks Olivia Rose Keegan Ahead Of Isabel Durant’s Debut As Claire

Today on DAYS, Isabel Durant makes her on-screen debut as Claire Brady and fans are intrigued to see what she brings to the role, previously played by this year’s Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, Olivia Rose Keegan.

Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati took to Twitter to wish Olivia well and thank her for her dynamic portrayal of Claire, sharing,  “Huge thank you to @oliviakeegann. who brought Claire Brady to life and made us care about her even when she was at her most dastardly. Wishing Olivia all the best as she writes her next chapter…”

Then, Carlivati officially welcomed Isabel to the role expressing: “But as one chapter ends, another begins. Please help me welcome Isabel Durant to Salem as she steps into the role of Claire.”

Make sure to check out Durant’s debut today and then let us know your thoughts on Olivia’s exit and Isabel taking over the role via the comment section below.

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