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The Brad Bell & Katherine Kelly Lang – The Bold and the Beautiful – Emmy Victory Interviews

bradbellemmy.jpgA BOLD WIN!

After Sunday night’s exciting Daytime Emmy victory for The Bold and the Beautiful (with its first time win as Outstanding Daytime Drama Series), the CBS soap invited me to attend their special cake cutting ceremonies on Tuesday morning. The staff, cast and crew celebrated the shows first win in 22 years as the top drama in all of soapdom.

I caught up with “B&B’s” executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, to ask him his feelings on the win, and the now infamous moment when the Emmys went off the air. Yes, in case you missed it, the credits rolled before Brad was able to have his on-stage moment in the sun. I also spoke with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) on how special the victory was, and Heather Tom (Katie) whose storyline gave the show the basis for the material it submitted to walk away with the gold. Many also know Katherine delivered the performance of her career in the Emmy-winning episodes, and we touched on that. I also met Katherine’s delightful Fan Club President, Amy, who was also at the celebration and she added her excitement to the mix.

To start the festivities, here’s my chat with Emmy winner, Brad Bell!

MICHAEL:

I saw how they cut you off before you got to say your long- awaited acceptance speech. The CW had a hard out at 10PM, thus the apparent reason for the short-change. You must have been upset!

BRAD:

It was upsetting, but that is show biz. It just landed on my lap this time. It was great to share this with the cast and crew up on the stage. I wanted to acknowledge my father which was the most important thing to me, but I did in my own way, so it’s cool.

MICHAEL:

But you don’t like giving speeches, right?

BRAD:

They are not my favorite thing to do. I don’t have much practice doing them. Maybe I will grow into it.

castcake1.jpgMICHAEL:

Where is the Emmy going to reside?

BRAD:

Today the Emmy stays on-stage. I don’t know yet. Right now it’s been in the middle of the office and will stay there for a couple days.

MICHAEL:

What was the most touching moment of the victory dance?

BRAD:

I think it was having my mother there, and the moment with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) with the two of us kissing. In the Variety Magazine shot that was taken, it looked like we had been kissing for a couple of hours, but that was very special.

MICHAEL:

Katherine’s performance in the Storm suicide/Katie heart transplant story was exceptional. So much so, that many thought she should have been nominated and won this year for that.

BRAD:

She has been a stalwart for us and she aced these shows. Had she not acted her heart out and given us the performance of her lifetime, which she did, we would not be here. It is such collaboration, but she came through for us like never before. Everyone was stellar, the writing was stellar, but Katherine shined like the sun. Having that moment with her was so terrific. We are always working so hard. She works on the first floor here and I work on the third, and we don’t have many moments together, and that one was just very special to share with her.

MICHAEL:

I know Susan Flannery (Stephanie) said something to you in the press room, and she was so happy for you as well.

BBcake1.jpgBRAD:

She was beaming with pride, and we all knew it is an award for all of our accomplishments. We share this with those who are not here…Darlene Conley, Michael Fox. Darlene lives on, and Will deVry (Storm) was wonderful and had a hand at making this award happen.

MICHAEL:

You have one of the best production crews in daytime. Did you hand pick the team and assemble them?

BRAD:

I did, but they found me by proving that they loved the show. Producer, Casey Kasprzyk worked in the office for a year and half and I did not even know his name. (He laughs) I thought, “Who is this tall guy?” Then he started doing things and impressing me, and now he is one of the producers, and one of the youngest producers we have had. He is just amazing. I can go to him. When I needed footage to recreate the Logan girls youth with Storm, he said, “I will do it.” He allows me to think things and helps me figure out how to do it. Every member of the team firing on all cylinders is important to make this show happen.

MICHAEL:
Now that you have won an Emmy, are you gearing up to try to pick up another one next year?

BRAD:

I don’t know. The stars were aligned on this one. “Y&R” is a force. “GH” is a force. None of them were nominated for Best Show this year, and it was just we had the best shows and the stars were aligned. I hope it happens again.

heathertom.jpgHEATHER TOM

MICHAEL:

Heather you were instrumental to the storyline as Katie that brought home the Emmy, even though you were being operated on for most of the episode! What was your initial thought when it came to the announcement of Drama Series?

HEATHER:

I was so nervous, because I really felt it was our year. I felt like, in my opinion, on the shows that they submitted, that they were some of the best shows that I have seen on daytime. I would have been really disappointed if we did not win. I am really glad that it worked out in our favor.

KATHERINE KELLY LANG

MICHAEL:

Katherine, Brad said he enjoyed sharing his victory the most with you!

KATHERINE:

It means so much to me that he would say that, you make me want to cry.

MICHAEL:

He just beamed over the long time collaboration of working with you!

lang.jpgKATHERINE:

I feel the same way with him. I feel blessed to be a part of the show with him. The way he interacts with us, and he treats us with respect and kudos… he has no ego. Brad is a great guy. He collaborates with us and I love him death.

MICHAEL:

What happened when you were in the audience and you heard “B&B” called as Drama Series winner?

KATHERINE:

I could not believe it! I could not get up! (She laughs) I just sat there for a moment and looked at Lesli Kay (Felicia) and went, “Huh?” She kept saying, “We are going to win.” I kept saying, “Don’t say that,” because you never know. Yes, the reel was great, but you just never know. So when our name was called I just did not expect to hear it. It was great to go on stage and give Brad a kiss.

MICHAEL:

Who called you first and congratulated you, and the show, on its win?

KATHERINE:

I was texting my husband Alex, because he manages Jacob Young of All My Children, too. Jacob had lost in the Supporting Category earlier and he wanted to know the outcome. My husband calls me “James Bond Girl” and wished me good luck, and texted me that, which is cute. Then, I texted him later. I told him we won. He said, “Yay! You won because you are the best!” It was cute and fun!

MICHAEL:

I see you have a guest here today!

KATHERINE:

Amy Farina runs my fan club. I have known her for 22 years. She also texted me after the show.

MICHAEL:

So what did you do when “B&B” won?

AMY:

katherinewemmy.jpgI jumped up and down and fell off the couch. I think in the scenes that they submitted, basically Katherine stole the show. I told her to submit those scenes for her Emmy reel.

KATHERINE:

I know, I know, my Emmy reel, we won’t go there. Best show is good enough.

AMY:

There is always next year. She is my best friend and best person to have in your life. I can blubber on and on and on.

MICHAEL:

How do we join the fan club?

AMY:

Go to Aimstar@aol.com and you can join on either mine or Katherine’s Facebook page.

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Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

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In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

Photo: JPI

Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

Photo: JPI

Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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Catherine Hickland Talks On ‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’, One Life to Live, and the Heartbreaking Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) along with many of her former co-stars, and actors from All My Children and General Hospital, will be taking part in tonight’s ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway livestream benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which begins at 8 pm EST.  You can watch it here.

Ahead of the event, Catherine chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for the Michael Fairman Channel from her home in Las Vegas; where she discussed being part of the live musical benefit that was originally created back in 2005 and lasted till 2011 as a one night only live event called: ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares.  Now 10 years later, the actors will revisit their performances as their production numbers from the past are part of the 2021 livestream to help those in need that have been hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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During the conversation with Fairman, Hickland also talks on her lengthy soap opera career where she not only appeared on OLTL, but Loving/The City, Capitol, and Texas, as well. 

On a highlight, Catherine recalls playing One Life’s Lindsay and her ongoing on-screen feud with Nora Buchanan played by Hillary B. Smith.  She also speaks on her marriage to her former husband, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH) and working in the daytime genre and then at one time getting burnt out.

Hickland, who is now married to Todd Fisher, opened up about the devastating loss of her mother-in-law, Debbie Reynolds, and her sister-in-law, Carrie Fisher, just one day a part back in 2017, and how the couple dealt with this tragedy.  The real-life duo now host, “Cat and Todd Live” on Facebook each week.

Photo: JPI

In addition Catherine will be participating in ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’s Virtual One-on-One Meet and Greets with the stars on Saturday, February 13th.  For info on how to participate click here.

To make a donation to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS click here.  With a screenshot of your donation, you can enter a chance to win either “Star Wars” or Debbie Reynolds memorabilia as detailed by Catherine in this interview.

Watch Catherine’s conversation below.

Then let us know, if you loved the Lindsay/Nora feud on One Life? If you watched the livestream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway? And, what was your favorite part of the interview with Catherine via the comment section.

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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

Photo: JPI

In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

Photo: NBC

Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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