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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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Y&R Celebrates 30 Years at Number #1 (Photo Gallery)

Last week, the cast, crew, and creatives took time out at the CBS Television City sound stages to salute the latest milestone for The Young and the Restless.

The top-rated show has achieved quite the feat being the number one daytime drama for 30 consecutive years!

To make the occasion many of your Genoa City favorites including: Eric Braeden, Joshua Morrow, Amelia Heinle, Melody Thomas Scott, Peter Bergman, Jason Thompson, Gina Tognoni, Camyrn Grimes and many more attended the press event to celebrate this accomplishment.

Sony executive, Steve Kent, CBS exec, Angelica McDaniel and B&B’s Brad Bell were also on hand and delivered speeches to those at the set.

Take a look at some fun photos of the event in our photo gallery below.

Then, let us know what was your favorite pic via the comment section below.

The Ashby/Winters clan celebrating another in line of Y&R feats.
Peter Bergman and his new leading lady, Alice Hunter.
Y&R icons, Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden
Esther Valentine still going strong ... Y&R's Kate Linder.
Tony Morina new EP flanked by Josh Griffith, who has returned to Y&R as head writer, with the cast at the #1 celebration.
Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Amelia Heinle is playing out plenty of drama as Victoria.
Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Camryn Grimes.
The Family Baldwin!
Kelly Kruger and Christian LeBlanc doing the happy-dance!
Arturo and Abby ... AKA Jason Canela and Melissa Ordway.
Shick is in the house! Joshua Morrow and Sharon Case.
Y&R stalwarts: Christian LeBlanc, Amelia Heinle, Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman.
Major Y&R 30 years at #1 selfie!
It's Philly! Jason Thompson and Gina Tognoni.
Gangs All Here - Cast celebrates big milestone!
Michael Mealor and on-screen love interest Sasha Calle.
Y&R mainstays - Peter Bergman, Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden.
Sharon Case and Jordi Vilasuso strike a pose.
B&B's head honcho, Brad Bell speaks at the celebration honoring his mother and father
Time for cake!
The Ashby/Winters clan celebrating another in line of Y&R feats.

Photos: HutchinsPhoto.com/JPI Studios

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Fiji Water Girl Kelleth Cuthbert Goes From Golden Globes to The Bold and the Beautiful

Now here’s a way to get cast on a guest stint on a network daytime drama! Model and Fiji Water Girl Kelleth Cuthbert just taped her appearance on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, following her memorable appearance on the red carpet at the Golden Globes back on January 6th.

That is where she strategically placed herself in numerous shots behind, or on the side of the major celebrities and nominees attending the annual movie and TV award show.

Cuthbert posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account during her visit to the CBS Television City stating: “Thank you to the lovely folks of @boldandbeautifulcbs for having me yesterday!”

Look for Kelleth to appear on the February 6th episode of B&B.

No details have been made available as to just how she will be worked into story. However, knowing the clever folks at The Bold and the Beautiful, it might have something to do with water bottles. Stay Tuned.

So what do you think of this piece of stunt casting? Intrigued? Comment below.

 

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Melissa Reeves Talks Jack’s Return; Paul Telfer & Greg Rikaart Dish On Xander and Leo’s Rendezvous On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, long-running star, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) sits down to chat with host Michael Fairman about the shocking return of Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) to Salem, and how Jennifer is trying to cope with the believed-to-be-dead love-of-her-life who has come to town with no memory of her … or his past!

Reeves chats on: how she found out Matt Ashford was coming back to DAYS, how important those New Year’s Eve scenes were, her on-screen and off-screen relationship with Salem arch-rival, Kassie DePaiva (Eve), and a look back at Jack and Jenn’s memorable wedding and their vows decades ago.  Missy also talks about the love of her life, Scott Reeves (Ex-Ryan, Y&R, Ex-Steve, GH Ex-Jake, DAYS), and their new coffee business in Nashville. Missy also takes tie to remember the late Frances Reid and MacDonald Carey as her on-screen grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, and the importance of carrying on the tradition of the Horton family to this day on-air.

Later, Paul Telfer (Xander) and Greg Rikaart (Leo) talk with Fairman all about last Friday’s cliffhanger, where Leo jumps on Xander for sex in exchange for providing information to Xander on Sonny and Will, so Xander can become CEO of Titan.  But will Xander go through with it?  The two talk about playing these opportunistic, bad boy characters.

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Then, in a fun game, Paul and Greg are presented with some of the hilarious dialog from head writer, Ron Carlivati and his team from recent airshows, where the podcast tests their muscle memory to see ig they recall which was the correct line of dialog said by Leo, Xander, or Victor!

The podcast is currently streaming live on NBC.com here, and is available starting today for download via iTunes and all major pod platforms, so you can listen anytime, anywhere.

Photo: Jen Strauss/NBC

Now, what do you hope happens between Xander and Leo next?  Are you rooting for Jennifer to get through to Jack so his memory comes back?  Share your thoughts on the storyline, and the interviews contained in the podcast via the comment section below.

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