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THE BAY Returns with All-New Edgier Dramatic Episodes!

To say that the retooled The Bay is different from its previous seasons is an understatement! Taking its cue from the progression of online soaps such as the revival of One Life to Live, where sex and drugs and a club are part of the central focus for much of the action.  As promised by creator, Gregori Martin, The Bay is certainly for more edgier than before.   And while we won’t spoil all the action, fasten your seat belts!

The Bay picks up three years after the last time we saw the Garrett clan!  Billed on their series website as a drama filled with forbidden love, malicious lies and taboo sex, many familiar faces from daytime return to their roles including: Mary Beth Evans, Matthew Ashford, Lilly Melgar, Terri Ivens, Jackie Zeman, Nicholas Coster, Taylor Stanley and Scott Bailey, who join Derrell Whit, Jade Harlow, Kristos Andrews, Thor Knai, Eric Fellows, Emmie Romanovich and more in the pared down cast!

In story as the new episodes pick-up, Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans) has done the unthinkable making Lex Martin (Tristan Rogers) determined to uncover the truth.  Peter Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) love life takes a complicated turn, as does a confused Lianna Ramos (Jade Harlow).  Steve Jensen (Matthew Ashford) has little choice but to deal with pesky reporter Nathan Perkins (Scott Bailey), while Mayor Jack Madison (Nicholas Coster) is left to do some serious explaining. Igor Chambers (Camden Toy) attempts to deal with Sofia Madison’s (Jackie Zeman) wrath and his shady reputation.

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After watching the premiere, Scott Bailey really stood out to us for his performance as the investigative reporter trying to dig at the truth, while getting a dig in on all the shady peeps in Bay City!  Now watch Chapter 11 episodes 1 and 2 of The Bay after the jump! Then, let us know what you thought of it!  Who did you enjoy seeing the most?  Did you like the new opening credits? Weigh-in!

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Jessica
Jessica

After all the press releases LANY pictures released saying how season 3 was going to be delayed for a bigger budget and higher production values I was so disappointed to not see any proof of that on the screen. The Bay used to be one of my favorite shows, but it’s missing most of the actors I used to love to watch. The stories barely make any sense and the sound quality is almost as bad as it was in season one. I could barely hear some of the actors half of the time, and why is it always so dark? I wish they had taken more time after all the bragging and made something really special. I know I’m going to get chewed out by all of The Bay fans for saying this, but I think we deserve better.

LCS
LCS

So glad The Bay is back! Definitely has an edgier look and feel. Hard to choose who I enjoyed the most. This is one of the few shows where I’m interested in all the storylines, not just one or two. Looking forward to more.

Amanda
Amanda

Sexier it is… I loved it. All the new twists had my jaw dropping…. Can’t wait to see more!

MLD
MLD

So glad this show is back! I’m still trying to sort out so much, and I imagine that the next two parts will tell us a little more, but what…?? Sara married Steve? Why would she do that? What does he have on her. And this whole crazy club scene — very well done! Love seeing Sara, Lex, Steve and Will. Jade did a great job as a more grown up Lianna. And I’m loving this little vixen, Orchid. Zoey is great, as usual…and I think she and Nathan could have some interesting banter/chemistry.

Hilary
Hilary

i also really thought Scott Bailey popped here. i like the interaction between Nathan and Orchid, but I also am intrigues by his intrighe with zoey. my favorite was the club scene. it drew me right in. Igor is great fun, he gets the best lines. as for the darkness, yes, very dark lighting. i think it’s a purposeful artistry he’s trying to achieve. i understand it, and i think it’s effective.

Bailey
Bailey

Pure, overrated garbage. This show has fallen from grace. I agree with Jessica. The quality alone is enough to get this show laughed out of the room. I also find it funny that all of “the fans” of The Bay post comments within 15 to 20 minute time increments on We Love Soaps, Daytime Confidential, and this site. A little unusual if they are all really different people. The whole thing is rigged by Gregori and his staff to cover the fact that he continues to underproduce a sloppy series that coasts on the names of soap stars. What happened to all the Daytime and Emmy producing talent that was supposed to be attached to this show? Did none of the 80 producers bother to say “Hey Gregori the sound is terrible, and dark lighting isn’t good lighting, it’s just dark?” Yes, Scott Bailey was very good. In fact he was the only good thing that stood out in two episodes worth of senselessness. What is happening with Peter? When did he get over his amnesia? Is Lianna still a hooker? I thought the mayor was suffering from dementia in the last season? It’s suddenly gone now? Why is that kid sticking up for Camden Toy’s character? The last time we saw him he was wearing a wedding dress, and now he’s best friends with the mayors daughter? That makes NO sense. I’m sorry but showing a bisexual couple just for the sake of shock value makes no sense. If it involved two characters that the audience knew and cared about that would be one thing but this seems like a mindless stunt. I’d rather watch Venice.

Tori
Tori

I am a little late to the party with this series but I just watch the two episodes and I am wondering is the character of Matthew Johnson related to Zoey Johnson? I watched some of the first season when it aired and then my computer died so I could not watch the rest of the seasons when they first aired.

Angel
Angel

If I am not mistaken Matthew came in season 2 when Zoey’s adoptive sister was in the hospital after the accident at the end of season 1. He was a small character who was an orderly. He role got bigger in this season.

Lisa
Lisa

This show is just amazing and my girl Lilly is sexy, driven, and amazing as Janice! Long live Janice, the Bay, and Lilly Melgar!!

Louisa
Louisa

Whew, I didn’t think this show was coming back, but I’m so glad it did! I’m a little confused, but it’s the kind of confusion that’ll keep me coming back. I mean Sara married her rapist? What is that about. Love Lex, and I suspect Sara might too. I hope those two get together. I’m interested in that weird swingers club. Oh and I really love Nathan. He’s fun! He’s sort of like the sleuth for the audience. I’m looking forward to the next two weeks!

Laura
Laura

I loved it, truly loved it. Glad to see all the old favs again. I am very interested in Sara’s secret and I am really digging Sara and Lex. They are my favorite couple and they aren’t even a couple. I can’t wait for more.

mystied
mystied

I have been waiting on the Bay and it was worth the wait because I wasn’t disappointed..Loved it.. I am so shipping Lex and Sara and very shocked by Sara’s action, can’t wait for more on that..The mayor? All these questions and I can’t hardly wait for the answers.

Mary H
Mary H

Gregori, cast and crew did not disappoint us. A lot of shock, twists, and turns but time will reveal answers to all the questions. So happy to have The Bay back with us. SMH Steve and Sara married hmm she must really be desperate to allow Steve to Blackmail her. My mouth dropped open with Lilly’s scene!! Looks like Mr. Mayor still has some fire in his furnace LOL Love Tristan and the interaction with Sara. All in all Great job!! Want more!

Melissa Clark
Melissa Clark

I thought it was brilliant and edgy,
Everything you want in a soap.
Great acting by all and I can’t wait
For more!! Great Job Gregori Martin
and cast!!!

Melissa Clark
Melissa Clark

I thought the sound quality was great,
Loved the story lines!!! Lilly Melgar and
Jade Harlow do an amazing job in their
roles!!! As all our other favorite daytime
actors on The Bay.

bella figura
bella figura

great start to a new season of THE BAY….lots of question, shocks and twists to keep the soap lover intrigues and interested. I love seeing my favs have meaty roles and storylines…

when you love a show, you are to busy enjoying that there’s not time to nitpick and snark…so happy I got to be in the zone and just sit back and enjoy, something I dearly miss with my favorite daytime soap.

bex
bex

Disappointed. Scott Bailey was good but i agree that the storyline is too convoluted – mind you I’ve had trouble following since day one – too many characters. Also Matthew Ashford doesn’t seem so into it this season and he looks old. I used to like him but not so much now. I also find Camden toy too OTT for me.

bella figura
bella figura

omg…really? I thought both actors just shined in the premiere!! I just loved Nicolas Coster, Tristan Rogers, Matthew Ashford, back in the day and am so happy to continue supporting and enjoying them today. And Camden Toy being super creepy is just pure gold, you really need to watch his stuff, he’s one of a kind!! It is so wonderful that THE BAY is giving an opportunity to our older male soap idols to show off their acting chops and prove that sexy isn’t just a number!! Pretty boy toys fade away quickly but talent always survives. It does make you wonder what this current crop of bodies with mediocre talent will be doing in the years to come…

Angel
Angel

I think I am most shocked at the secret Sara has that is keeping her married to Steve and keeping Brian in jail. Also, those scenes between Lianna and Steve, Mayor and Orchid, and most of all Peter, Sara’s son, and Sara’s enemy Janice were HOT LIKE FIRE!!! I hope Sara has some choice words for Janice should she find out.

HeyBayBay
HeyBayBay

I think current daytime soaps should take a page out of “The Bay’s” book and update the look of their shows… This is how u make daytime feel current and cutting edge!!! The stand out performances were so in contrast to some of the OTT performances that some people looked Really good and made others look Really bad, but Overall “The Bay” has consistently picked up steam and this latest chapter is no exception.

Laurie Baker
Laurie Baker

As always, curious to get more more more of the dynamics with Sara and Steve Jensen. Nick Coster, Jackie Zeman and Terri Ivens all ROCKED…and the Mayor’s been a bad boy…LOVE IT! I always knew that Igor was really just misunderstood…so what if he held up a bar with bombs and crashed a wedding as a bride? I’ve really really missed Matt Ashford as a villain; and he’s really nasty in this one, yay. Terri Ivens beautiful and hot as the femme fatale!

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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