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SUDS REPORT Exclusive statement from Michael Fairman on "GL" Tribute controversy!

img12.jpgIn Nelson Branco’s latest Suds Report posted today at TV Guide Canada, a statement issued by Guiding Light Daytime Emmy Tribute producer, Michael Fairman was given exclusively.   In it, Fairman gives insight to the fans of why the tribute package was cut-down significantly, shares his thoughts on what went down, and answered some Frequently Asked Questions that fans have wanted to know. Here is an excerpt below:

I can’t believe as of today there are just six more episodes left of Guiding Light. I know from reading fans’ posts, emails and reactions to the Guiding Light tribute that many feel the same way as I do, that what went down at the Daytime Emmys for GL was unsatisfying for many reasons. One last time I want to address the issues surrounding the package controversy. Let me say, that I have produced many tributes for the Emmys and other shows including The MacDonald Carey Daytime Emmy tribute after his passing, and 25 years of AIDS retrospective in film and television. So, to be handed the ball to produce this GL tribute package was an honour and something I took with the highest regard to honour and reflect the show. Unfortunately, others did not feel the same.

Truth over fiction: I produced a four-minute tribute package as my original concept and vision that I believed told the history of GL in a contemporary way using visuals, memorable performances and characters without the stereotypical narratives seen in standard tributes.  To clarify: This four-minute tribute was not cut for time. This tribute package was “killed” by certain producers of the show who felt it did not pull at the emotional heartstrings of the audience, and who did not understand its contents, and disliked the direction of its concept. And that is their prerogative. I had also produced shorter three and two-minute versions of it. (You have to, for live shows in case other segments preceding it run long.)

Make sure to go to The Suds Report for the complete statement from Fairman and other hot news of the week including the exciting return of Melody Thomas Scott to “Y&R”!

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General Hospital Releases Extended Promo “We Have To Lean Into Hope”

As the ABC daytime drama series, General Hospital, continues to be preempted by the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump, and episodes are not being made available on any other platform at this time, two videos were posted in last 24 hours to the official General Hospital social media accounts.

To tide you over (while you are clamoring for all-new episodes of GH) the soap released an extended promo featuring the folks in Port Charles filled with lots of joy, hope, and love.  It’s main message, “We have to lean into hope” – as the series tells us to “sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.”

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Take a look at some of the reunions, hugs, and special moments featuring the Q’s, Corinthos, Cassadine and other clans in the promo below.

In addition, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) along with Jophielle Love (Violet) were featured in another video, where the key messaging to fans is that they are currently taping all-new episodes of GH, and that viewers should keep tuned ans posted to GH’s social channels for updates on when new episodes of GH will return.

As of late, GH has been on the upswing in the ratings, too.  So, it’s always frustrating for everyone when weeks of preemptions hit the daytime viewers  experience to enjoy the on-going stories of the soaps.

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Let us know … your favorite moment in the GH promo … your hope for the return of all-new episodes soon, and what you hope happens next for the characters you love in Port Charles, via the comment section.

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‘Ambitions’ Canceled By OWN After One Season

After an excellent first season of drama and backstabbing, the soapy nighttime Ambitions has been canceled by OWN.

The cable outlet offered up this statement from OWN President, Tina Perry: “We’re thankful to Will Packer, Jamey Giddens and the entire cast and crew of Ambitions for their creativity and hard work on the show. Every week they delivered great drama, intrigue and a lot of fun storytelling.  We look forward to continue working with Will Packer and his talented team of collaborators in the future.”

The series which starred Robin Givens as Stephanie Lancaster Carlisle was hailed as a multigenerational family saga centered around classic soap character, Stephanie, who finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city of Atlanta and we learn she can play deceitful like nobody’s business … too!

Ambitions was produced by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury. Packer was executive producer. Arkadie was executive producer/showrunner. Writer Jamey Giddens and Will Packer Media’s Sheila Ducksworth also served as executive producers.

Givens took to Instagram and shared her disappointment on the cancellation. “mood 🙁 found out last week #Ambitions wouldn’t be returning for a second season ….”

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Meanwhile, creator Jamey Giddens shared on his Instagram:  “So this happened… #Ambitions was such a joy to create. I am forever grateful to @willpowerpacker and @LionsgateTV for the incredible opportunity to tell a fun, decadent story showing that tales about black and brown people don’t have to be steeped in pathos & tragedy.”

Share your thoughts on OWN’s decision to cancel Ambitions after only one season, when so many were enjoying it via the comment section below.

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‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz To Perform Best Song Nominee On The Oscars

Kate Pearson is appearing on The Academy Awards, well, not exactly.  However, her portrayer, This Is Us ‘ Chrissy Metz is!

News today has that Metz is one of the performers who will sing one of them Best Song nominees at the upcoming Oscar ceremony on February 9th.  In fact, Chrissy will be performing the Diane Warren written tune from the movie Breakthrough entitled: “I’m Standing With You”.

Metz appeared in the film as a devoted, Christian mother whose son miraculously recovers from a serious accident that left him near death.

The This Is Us star joins the likes of Elton John, Randy Newman, Adina Menzel and Cynthia Erivo who will be performing the other nominated songs in the category.

What do you think of Chrissy getting the nod to perform the song from the film in which she appeared?

Watch Chrissy’s performance Sunday, February 9th on ABC during the Academy Awards

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