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The David Gregory, Nicolas Robuck & Lenny Platt Interview – One Life to Live

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How do you bring in three hot guys to a soap when they are unrelated to anyone else on the canvas, and make it work?  First, make sure the eldest one takes his shirt off in various scenarios, and sleeps around while professing his love for one of the town’s good girls, and stealing her from her beloved boyfriend.  Next, while trying to get your car out of a parking garage, another beloved female character stumbles into a hostage situation with another young strapping, good-looking guy, who later turns out to be misunderstood.  And then, take another guy who is already part of the core younger set on the show, and dating the daughter of one of the most identifiable characters on the soap, and add him into the mix as the other guy’s brother!  So did it work?  The answer is, now it does, with a resounding, “yes”!

One Life to Live’s David Gregory (Ford), Nicolas Robuck (James), and Lenny Platt (Nate) are the brothers’ wunderkind, whose looks put everyone else to shame!  And, as a soap opera band of brothers, they are also well on their way to melting some viewers hearts, or making them mad as hell!  Then, throw in a great soapy twist; that they all come from an abusive (unseen and un-cast) father, and from a runaway mom!  And, when that runaway mom turns out to be actress Jessica Leccia (Inez) and she shows up in Llanview, the story possibilities and complexities become endless.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with the three on-screen amigos, Gregory, Robuck, and Platt, to find out about brotherly love or dissidence, shirtless scenes, playing opposite their leading ladies, working with the fantastic Leccia, and if they feel there are real similarities in their looks and with each other’s personalities.  And, we get a preview of their on-screen feuds with Brody, Cole, and Matthew, which heat up next week.  So watch out, as we end the summer and head into fall. You still may need to find a room to cool off in after watching these guys on screen.  Here are the Ford Boys!

MICHAEL:

David, let’s start with the eldest Ford brother.  Robert, better known as “Ford”, had become quite the scoundrel, and to say he was a womanizer would be putting it mildly.  But now it seems the show is making efforts to redeem the character.  Were you surprised by that?  It makes sense, because how could they keep him around?  

DAVID:

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First, I was glad.  Not that I wanted to be a squeaky clean guy, but they are adding elements that make him why the way he is.  A lot of directors I have worked with since have told me, “We don’t want him to lose his fire, because that is what kind of makes him interesting.”  So that is not going away, but once he brought in family members, it allowed us to see, not that he is justified in the way he is, but that it makes more sense.  So I don’t know if it’s as much that Ford is being redeemed, as much as it is explaining to people why he is the way he is.  I like he is still in a grey area.

MICHAEL:

Did you know when you came back to the show earlier this year, that you would then have a brother, James, added into the mix?

DAVID:

Not at all.  We were actually shooting scenes in the episode that featured the band Lifehouse. They performed on our show.  And that was the day that our EP Frank Valentini, came up to me and said, “You are going to get a brother.”  I was really excited about that.  Then, once Ford ended up in the hospital, Frank says, “Oh yeah, you might have another one, too.”   And I went, “What?”  I knew they were bringing somebody in to play James, but I did not know that Lenny’s role was going to get tied in to this at all.  That was a surprise, because he was already on the show.

MICHAEL:

Nicolas, did you screen test with Kristen Alderson (Starr) or David when you landed the role of James?

NICOLAS:

I originally tested for a role that was not for Ford’s brother, James.  I was screen testing just to be a love interest for Kristen Alderson, and when they hired me they said, “They really look alike.  Why don’t we bring him on as Ford’s brother?”  And that is how that magic happened! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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When you look at David now, do you see how you two guys could be brothers?

NICOLAS:

Yeah, sometimes.  When I am on set and watching the show, I will go, “Oh that’s me, and then I go, never mind!” (Laughs)  Sometimes at a quick glance I think it’s me, or if I see a picture of David in a magazine.  People get us confused quite a bit and actually last week, I was called, “Nic Gregory”. (Laughs)

LENNY:

Two weeks ago, I was walking down the studio hallway and Brittany Underwood (Langston) called me David.  She went, “Hi, David.”  And, I turned around and went, “What are you talking about?”  (Laughs)

DAVID:

Brittany and I have gotten pretty close on the show, so if she mistakes me for Lenny, then I don’t know what to think!  (Laughs)

LENNY:

I think the first time I was getting a hint of it was when Renata, who is one of our make-up artists, looked at the screen and Nic was doing a scene with the character of Cristian and she said, “You guys look alike.”  And I thought, “Yeah, we do.”  Then when I found out that I was going to be David’s brother…well, I have a close friend from home who watches the show and thought David was me in a scene!  So, I think Julie Madison (OLTL Casting Director) did a great job of casting, because it works.

MICHAEL:

Nicolas, we have gotten to see over the past several weeks a gamut of emotions from you.  Not only is James this cocky guy, but there is some depth to him, too.  Is it easier for you to play the tough guy, or the more sensitive side of your alter-ego?

NICOLAS:

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What is kind of hard for me is to play the tough guy jerk that does not care sometimes, because I do tend to be more emotional, and that is easier for me.  I have to go someplace and pull from something to be who James really is, which is somebody with a bad past, and who is tough on the inside and out.  That can be a bit of stretch for me, but I do what I can to make it work.

MICHAEL:

OK, let’s get to this big question that has been on everyone’s mind. (Laughs)  What did you think when they told you that your pet name for Starr was going to be “Twinkle”?

NICOLAS:

I laughed and I said, “You have got to be kidding me!”  I was like, “I don’t know if I can say this seriously and mean it.”  But I got use to it.  At first, Kristen laughed at it, too, but she got used to it.  Now, we call each other pet names.

MICHAEL:

Each of you has stolen the hearts of three young ladies in Llanview, or shall we say, well on your way to do doing so.   Let’s start with the relationship between Ford and Langston.  David, do you think now these two have a fighting chance at a real relationship?  But more importantly, does Ford truly love her?

DAVID:

Love is a weird word for Ford, because his mother was never around.  Love from a female, in general, Ford only knows how to get it one way, or at least his version of it.  So, I think whatever the closest thing to love that he can feel for a female, he is associating with her and is pretty genuine.  I can tell you playing scenes now with Brittany are different in a good way, because when I first came on the show and I was doing so many different sex scenes with so many different women, it just started to feel like I did not know what I was doing.  I was new enough to the show at that point, that I was just trying to figure out how to play a scene.  Since I have gotten a family, and the scenes are darker and have more substance to it, going back now to love scenes, things make more sense as to how to play that.   Brittany and I are now playing more layers to the scenes. The stuff we shot recently had been pretty interesting to play, and I am pretty happy with it so far.

MICHAEL:

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And next week, Brody is going to come out swinging when he finally learns from Jessica that she had a one-night stand with Ford while she was in teen mode.  Looks like Ford is headed for some more bumps and bruises!

DAVID:

There is a big confrontation, and because Brody is an ex-navy seal, it may not be pretty and may not be good, because Ford is a self-proclaimed lover, not a fighter.  He also knows whatever he gets from Brody he deserves, which also shows that Ford is kind of coming around.  I guess it takes a man to take a punch like that, because he knows there is no other action that could be taken.

MICHAEL:

Your head must be very durable!  First, you get smashed in the head with a foreign object, and now another beating is on the way!  And, you still look perfect.  How is that possible?  (Laughs)

DAVID:

I can take so much and my brain is still intact.

LENNY:

He did mess up his hair a little bit.

MICHAEL:

Lenny, your love interest on the show is Kelly Missal (Dani). How has it been being paired with her?  And, I also heard you were somewhat trepidatious singing and dancing in the musical event: Starr X’d Lovers. How did you get through that?

LENNY:

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First of all, working with Kelly is fantastic!  She is incredibly talented and it was easy to hit the ground running with her.  As far as the musical goes, I had no real musical theatre training, and never sing out loud unless I am at a karaoke bar. (Laughs)  So it was a little intimidating.  But it was exciting to step out of my comfort zone, and if you had asked me six months ago would I be up for it, the whole thing would scare me to death.  I was amazed how it was done, with the choreography and the direction, and it was surprising.  I was proud of how it turned out.  And then to go on The View, which is surreal, and perform a number, was a lot of fun.  I am glad I did the musical.  I learned a lot about myself, and I grew as an actor to do be able to do something I am not comfortable with.

MICHAEL:

So when you came on to One Life to Live, was it just for the musical, and then they extended your stay?  Or, was there always a plan to keep you?

LENNY:

I don’t know, but they kept me around.  At first, it was just for the musical, as far as I knew.  Then I started entering into other storylines, and then this rivalry with Eddie Alderson’s character (Matthew) developed.  I have been very fortunate.

MICHAEL:

Next week Matthew and Nate are also going to get into it!  There is some bad blood there, too.   After all, Nate stole Matthew’s girl, Dani!  The face-off happens on a basketball court!

LENNY:

Yes, it’s great.  Matthew is accessing his genetic ability that is inside of him, which is fun to see.  I tell you what… Eddie is one of the best people to work with.  He is a great guy and super-talented.  You can see him portraying Matthew now, and relishing this other side to his character, and it sort of comes out ten fold on camera.  He plays it with such gusto and it is a pleasure to work alongside him. These basketball scenes are pretty fun, because some elbows and shoves were thrown and it is interesting to see where Eddie takes the character.

MICHAEL:

Nicolas, how is working with Kristen Alderson?  You have the added complexity of coming in between one of the most beloved couples on the show, which fans have rooted for and invested in for many years, Starr and Cole.  And I might add, how about those “in-your-face” scenes during Dorian’s failed wedding to David, where an arrogant James continually irked Cole on with text messages!

NICOLAS:

Kristen, really showed me the ropes early on, and she really made me feel part of the family when I started.  She gave me pointers and tips on how to feel comfortable, and was very supportive.  I like our scenes together, and because we are friends off-set, I think we have a lot of chemistry on-set.  As for being the “thorn” in Cole Thornhart’s side (laughs), it’s fun, but it’s separating an iconic pair.  I was kind of hesitant as to what the feedback would be, because people root for Cole and Starr, but happy couples only last so long on soap operas.  So getting in between them and in the mix has been a lot of fun.  I like how James handles the situation a lot.  

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MICHAEL:

I love how he just inserts himself into situations involving Starr, and tries to get her riled up, which I think is really refreshing. And, he seems also very confident that deep down Starr shares the same feelings he has for her.

NICOLAS:

Confident is the perfect word, and typically in my own life I tend to avoid confrontation, and James is right in the face of it.  So I really like playing that, and I like to bring a different side of myself to the set, which I like.

MICHAEL:

Will we continue to see more and more sexual tension between Starr and James?

NICOLAS:

Yes, you can say that.

MICHAEL:

Soap fan favorite, Jessica Leccia, has come on to One Life to Live as your mother, Inez.  The pivotal episode where each of the brothers learned that they were related, and that she finally divulged the gut-wrenching truth, were key to the future success of this on-screen family.   In it, Inez admits that Nate is Robert and James’ brother, and that she ran way while pregnant with him from their abusive father, Eddie Ford.   Inez also left Robert and James behind with their father!  Did you feel a heightened sense and awareness that these scenes had to be good? And, what did each of you feel about them and how your character reacted?

NICOLAS:

Yeah, it really was a key moment, because it was coming to terms with something we did not know of, or we thought was a lie to begin with, and from the get-go. Then to find out the truth that we had another brother, drove something between all of us as a whole.  James, being the middle brother, was a little more level headed and a little more emotional about the whole thing.  He was left out of what the truth really was, and Ford being the older brother, did really know more of his mother than James did.   I think we really got to see that in that episode.  I was really pleased on how that turned out.

LENNY:

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It was a great scene. There was a lot of pressure, obviously, because it was really solidifying all these relationships and bringing them together.  I thought what was interesting for me as an actor, was that Nate was the one who was taken away while he was still in his mother’s womb.  He never saw his father and never knew about that aspect of their lives.  I thought it would be totally fascinating that the one brother who had the least contact with his father, would be the most like him.  So I wanted to portray the son, with whom all these lies built up, and instead of making Nate cry, it brought all this rage out in him that I thought would be interesting to access.  Inez wanted to take Nate away from this violent upbringing, yet he still has a piece of that inside of him.  So I thought it would be interesting to take Nate to that place.  Jessica was great, and I learned a lot from those scenes and was extremely happy with how they came out.

DAVID:

I struggled with those scenes.  At that point, there was a scene that aired in July where Inez and Ford talk in James’ hospital room when James was out having tests run. Ford is trying to put everything together, and going after his mother, but as much as he does by the end of the scene, he is completely worn down and turns away from her and is upset.  So, by the time this all goes down with the rest of the brothers and mom (and she shows up) I think Ford knows exactly what is going to go on, and it is something he has been trying to put off.  I think at that point he is numb.  What I struggled with in playing those scenes, was playing numb actively.  He is not going to be as emotional as James, and he is not going to fly off the handle as much as Nate, but he has definitely dealt with this all.  Ford has had a lot longer to digest this than the other boys have.  I think what upsets him in his mind is he was trying to do the right thing and it backfired on him.  Now, Nate is upset and pounding on a table and it reminds him of his dad. Then, seeing how much it hurt James to not even know, and again him being the middle one and being sensitive, and struggling with not being able to be around mom, that is something Ford has dealt with, but Ford manifested it in other ways.  Like you said earlier, we each have a different dynamic to play which made those scenes interesting.  And at the same time, it was difficult to make sure it was done correctly.  We had to repeat the actions, but Jill Mitwell who directed the scenes, was very adamant about that if we felt we needed to do it again, then we could go back.  We spent a lot of time on those scenes, which in the soap opera world is very rare. You do one take and you are finished. We were given a lot of rehearsal and a lot of time to run it and talk about it.  Jill was excited to direct the scenes, and she told us she had been anticipating this for about six weeks.  I felt like she was on our side before we did  it.  I feel like it really fleshed out all the boys individually, and for such a new family on the show, Frank has been talking to us that we have to make the audience care.  I think the show has done a really good job of giving us material to work with to allow us to do that, and to flesh things out for the audience.

MICHAEL:

There must be some Jessica jokes on the set.  I mean, she is this beautiful woman with three strapping young men as her sons, and she is not that old herself!  In fact, Jessica in real life just had a baby girl last year!  (Laughs)

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LENNY:

I think my real mom is very jealous that I have this very attractive, very young mother.  (Laughs)  Jessica is fantastic and she has a rabid fan base!  I was surprised.  I am on Twitter, and I mentioned I was really happy to be working with her and I must have got like 30 messages, saying, “We are so happy you are working with her, but you better be a good boy to Jessica.”  It’s been a blast!

NICOLAS:

I had scenes with Jessica recently, and she really brings some kind of maternal element to the set.  She is very comfortable and poised and that makes you feel that relationship between the two.  Off- set, we joke that mother is always watching our backs! 

DAVID:

We are closer in age to her, and so she is able to switch gears so fast.  So, I will be having a conversation with her and before we start shooting, and when they countdown “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” something switches in her and you can see it.  All of a sudden she is our mom, other than that she is one of the kids.

MICHAEL:

Should fans expect more mother/son scenes between Ford and Inez since these two have to try to deal with the fallout the most?

DAVID:

There are a lot of unresolved issues that Ford needs to deal with her on. I know James is interested to explore, “Oh, I have a mom now,” and Lenny’s character of Nate has always been around her, so I would say, “yes” there will be more.

MICHAEL:

Who from film, primetime or daytime, could you see cast as the Ford brother’s abusive father, and why?

NICOLAS:

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I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan would make a believable dad for the Ford brothers.  He looks like and portrays well a rough and tough guy who could land some good punches! He also looks like he’s paid his dues in a chop shop or two.  Not to mention he resembles us all in some way, shape or form.  I would really like to have Matt Damon play our dad. I think the three of us would be a good mix between Matt Damon and Jessica Leccia. He’s a phenomenal actor, one of my favorites, and I believe he could pull off the brutal and abusive father seamlessly.

LENNY:

Mickey Rourke.  I know he’s in everything these days and this might be cliché, but I think he’d be ideal.  I always imagined Eddie Ford as a mix between the “Duke” character in the film Pusher II and the Marlboro Man.  I think Rourke would embody this character both physically and emotionally with surgical precision.  Eddie is a violent and imposing man, but he’d have to also have remnants of the “sweet boy” Inez once fell in love with. Rourke would portray this perfectly.  Now whether or not he’d lend his talents to our show is another thing.  But one of the cast members of The Expendables, just made an appearance on Daytime, so why not two…

DAVID:
Lenny, that is one epic answer. Well said.  In keeping with the tradition of OLTL alums returning, I could see Joe Lando (Sully on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) as Eddie.  Or Mel Gibson – I know it sounds strange but I think it could work.  Both men look like what I’ve always pictured Eddie Ford.  And I think it would be interesting to see.  But Lenny, well played!

MICHAEL:

David, what did you think when you found out that Ford actually slept with Jessica! For months, the show left it very ambiguous and we did not know who was telling the truth, or if she ever had sex with him during her nightmarish evening!

DAVID:

In love scenes on daytime, there are only certain things you can do, so I was not sure how far we had gotten.  They left it purposely vague to surprise the audience, and then they eventually find out.  I had an idea that I was in question, and I liked that, because it also showed a different dynamic of Ford.  I think because he is the oldest brother, I think he has that sense of responsibility that is innate in him.  But “father” in his world is a negative connotation, and the thought now that he might have to be one, brings out a side of him that is full of conflict.  I really like how that is being written.

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MICHAEL:

I was also really floored by Ford’s caring reaction to Jessica when she came to him, when she needed to know his medical history/blood type so she can check for the Rh factor that could potentially harm her unborn baby, and he jumped to it, willing to help.  That being said, how is working with Bree Williamson (Jessica) in this complex baby saga?

DAVID:

Bree is fantastic!  I was intimidated because I knew she was nominated for an Emmy.  I was like, “Oh, my God.  She could win this year.”  I was trying to be calm about it.  But, the best compliment I can give her was when we were doing the scenes where I was seducing her in my room.  She kissed like a sixteen year old girl, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.  I mean that I literally felt she changed her vibe for the scene, and it was cool to work off of her, and still is.

MICHAEL:

David, you clearly have had more shirtless scenes in one year than any soap opera actor… ever!  And from where the fans are standing, that is all good! (Laughs)   So, how do you guys like doing the half-naked scenes?  No problems I assume, being labeled “Soap Hunks”?

DAVID:

I think it’s neat that we are more appreciated as a whole than we are individually.  I was combined kind of, and I think that is neat.  That the idea is we are brothers, like the brothers in The Godfather or Tombstone. They are better as a pack, and it needs to gravitate towards that, like, “Look! They are genetically the same!”

LENNY:

It’s funny, because Nate is seventeen or eighteen and I exercise pretty regularly.  I don’t remember being that large in High School.  It’s TV world and all good.  I am young and it’s fun doing the shirtless stuff, but its tough being shirtless next to David.

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NICOLAS:

Well, I know the fans are taking well to it, but me on the other hand, I feel uncomfortable on set with my clothes off.  I have done quite a few scenes already, and in underwear and towels.  I feel very aware of myself on-set and that is every actor’s enemy.  So, I could do a little more clothes scenes.

DAVID:

I have been appreciative that I can put on a shirt and focus on a scene to what is really going on as opposed to, “Oh, I got to be doing my push-ups!”  And you know, with Mark Lawson (Brody) and David Fumero (Cristian) on set, it’s a lot to keep up with.

MICHAEL:

Of the three of you, which one is the prankster?

LENNY:

None of them are funny.  I hate working with them! (Laughs)

DAVID:

I would say, because we all have birthdays pretty close to each other and we are all Leo’s…. I would say we have similar personalities, and we know when to let the others shine.

NICOLAS:

It depends on the day.

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DAVID:

Nate does a lot of work to prepare for his scenes, like a novel (laughs) which is admirable.

LENNY:

It’s true.

MICHAEL:

Nicolas, what were you surprised to find out about your on-screen brothers, Lenny and David?

NICOLAS:

David was a trained dancer.  And, I did not know Lenny’s favorite band was Nine Inch Nails.

MICHAEL:

David, what did you find out?

DAVID:

We share a love for movies.  I came in one day to get a script, and Lenny was here to shoot something.  We talked about an hour and half about movies, and I thought it was only 20 minutes. But we talked about these old movies we liked and style and directors.  We have all gone to see movies together and these are guys you can talk shop with, but not that I am surprised about that, but to carry on an intelligent conversation for a period of time on style or something, I think its very impressive.  It’s not, “Oh, I want to be here because I want to be on TV.”  They want to do good work and they are serious. They know when and how to have fun at the same time, and you can’t really always expect that with someone you have to work closely with.  You just hope that it comes out that way, but with both of them, I know I am two for two!

MICHAEL:

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And finally Lenny, any tidbits you can share with the viewers as we wrap up our visit?

LENNY:

I do want to add that I think I am fortunate to work with two other guys that I have so much chemistry with.  We are playing brothers, and so it’s important for us to get along. It’s important for us to work well on camera, but we hang out outside of work, too. Since we get along well, that can only enhance our performance and that will show on camera, and that bond will be stronger.  I think what is also important to point out is that I have met some wacky actors in my day, and to meet two guys where we see eye to eye professionally and socially, is great!   So I would say; we are just able to really communicate on many levels.

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Mariah Leigh-Anne Hart
Mariah Leigh-Anne Hart

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kara anderson
kara anderson

I will check it out on your site

Mariah Leigh-Anne Hart
Mariah Leigh-Anne Hart

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michele walker
michele walker

OLTL has been so much more fun to watch with these 3 guys. I am a stay at home mom. I have tuned in to OLTL since a younging at home with my Mom. I stopped watching for a while. Right now I am hooked big time. I dvr it. Blair has been ageless and fantastic since forever. Always loved her. I like all of the cast. Star is fantastic. My main fav’s our the characters of Bobby and James. Yes , they are very good looking. Besides that, they bring their characters to life and make you feel they are real. The acting is truly fantastic. I am 39, and watching their story is as exciting as I was a teen again. The attractions between the boys and Star and Lanx. Just fantastic! Please have them on a really long term. They are gems! I am a happily married almost 40 yr. old stay at home Mom. I can’t get enough of their story line. They are fun and the whole damn package. I have not seen such good acting with young people since G. H.’s teen group: Lucky and Liz and the gang! Great work finding these boys OLTL! James amazes me. I loved Bobby from the start and felt the same of James. They hooked me the first day they were on. That’s not easy to do. I hope to see them in Movies. The fact is their looks alone could land them anything! They are also talented. That is not easy to find today. Whom ever spotted them and signed them, you know talent!

kara anderson
kara anderson

long story

Jennifer
Jennifer

While I always appreciate and enjoy the interviews, I must say it is the over-saturation and exposure of these new and unappealing characters that has prompted this viewer to delete OLTL from my DVR. I may try to catch-up with the true stars of this show online, but no longer can tolerate what passes for OLTL these days.

Shirtless and smarmy are the best descriptions for these characters. This show has confused sexy and sex appeal with merely being undressed. Cary Grant oozed sex appeal in a tux; George Clooney screams sex appeal in a suit; Daniel Craig with a smile; A Martinez with the way he moved. Those three in a sauna in towels? –I am not sure what that was, but it sure as heck was not sexy.

Ford’s actions in regard to every female he has been in contact with on this show is appalling and no amount of mommy left me backstory will change his disgusting behaviors. On prom night this sleaze had sex with the pizza girl, almost had sex with brainless Langston, and then did the deed with a mentally ill young woman. Middle brother comes across as stalkerish and the youngest looks way too old to be with Dani. Bottomline, there is nothing remotely entertaining about these characters for me.

What a sad day for this once entertaining show when Viki, Dorian, Blair, Joey, Kevin, Cassie, Clint, Max and the dozens of characters with substance are brushed aside for such an insipid threesome.

bottomchef
bottomchef

Wow, david gregory’s char is disgusting. W/c means OLTL’s writers must love writing for him: hello Todd!

brian
brian

The Ford brothers are too much fun, and the way they are getting mixed in with all the other characters is great.

I like how Bo is taking Nate “under his wing” It’s easy to image how Nate and Matthew will become rivals for the years to come!

OLTL is doing great doing great in my books!

DaniAustin
DaniAustin

I think OLTL has reached the last straw it has. They have tried everything to draw viewers so now they are conceding to the lowest common denominator, cheesecake. I think they are hoping that somehow they draw in viewers. Don’t see that happening. Last week’s ratings indicated a 48,000 jump in overall viewers but they are still the lowest rated show and have been for a month now. Next week those 48,000 floaters will abandon the show and their viewership will go down again. Cheesecake ain’t workin’. If some acting ability went with the cheesecake maybe you could draw in viewers but the level of acting in this storyline is minimal at best. I wonder if they will be blamed for the ratings decline like the Kish boys. Hmmm! Once ATWT goes than OLTL’s death watch will begin.

big D
big D

First of all Dani, the word is then with an ‘e’. Not ‘than OLTL’s death watch will begin… Second, the Ford brothers are a great addition to the show. If you don’t think they are hot, you may want to find out where the local softball team meets. And I’d put money on Nic Robuck to become a breakout star in prime time or movies. I don’t think it’s bad acting that plagues OLTL, it’s just poor writing. Drawn out scenes that go nowhere last entire episodes and longer. There is a definite lack of creativity in the writing. But I cannot say the Ford storyline has anything to do with it.

bottomchef
bottomchef

David gregory looks so old in that photo where they’re all wearing white. And they want Mel Gibson or Mickey Rourke to portray their abusive father? hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doe
Doe

I think all these youguns have been put on the show for the summer because they could appeal to the out of school teen agers and young adults. I can’t believe this story has legs. What we don’t need are more characters, especially young ones. Actually, these so-called boys aren’t boys at all….

katina
katina

Well I love Nic Robuck/James he is my favorite of them all. I love James/Starr and I’m rooting for them to get together.

bianca
bianca

Here, here! He’s also won just a touch more admiration from me by admitting he would prefer to keep his clothes on. He’s cute and charming, but he just doesn’t have the same exhibitionistic personality as Ford. I actually get the sense that he would prefer to catch a person with his eyes, rather than his body.

Susan
Susan

I think all the ford brothers are good looking and hot. But I do like James the best out of the three.

andiepandie
andiepandie

Nic is just too hot for words. YAY James and Starr!

dragonfly31
dragonfly31

OMG!! James is so cute and i love how he says he would rather wear a shirt i like it better when guys are not overly confident with there body and it means he is also more willing to work harder to catch your eye instead of just letting his abs do it for him.

Mermer
Mermer

I just started watching OLTL and it’s these boys who have me tuning again. They’re just so fresh and young and good looking of course. And i know it must suck for long time viewers to have newbies become front burners (i experienced that with my other soaps) but I know a lot of people who have started to watch OLTL because of these boys. In the end, we all want OLTL and soap operas in general to continue for many more years so i help people continue to support the soaps. 😀

Kristina
Kristina

why did you not recognize my email?

Days Of Our Lives

NATAS President, Adam Sharp Talks On Daytime Emmy Review Findings & Plans For Change To Competition Process

In the aftermath of the letter that was sent to NATAS from daytime drama executives and producers demanding immediate change to the Daytime Emmys contest procedures, guidelines, or they would boycott participating in the upcoming 46th Annual competition, earlier today NATAS and its new president, Adam Sharp, released the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations levied against the academy and its annual competition.

After the full findings came to light , seemed to address most of the concerns raised by the four network soaps, Michael Fairman TV spoke with Adam Sharp to dive into what the reports means for change and evolution of the Daytime Emmys, and if it can resolve the issues so that General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of our Lives will come to the table and participate in the only kudofest honoring excellence in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes for daytime programming,

Here’s what Adam had to say about the key points addressed in our conversation below.

Transparency was a key issue noted by the soap producers in their concerns levied against NATAS.   One of the points centered around if NATAS had prior knowledge of the winners before the opening of the envelopes at the ceremony and the integrity of the contest.  What can you detail what the investigation found?

ADAM:  On the matter of whether anyone had prior knowledge to the winners, the reports clearly state that there is no evidence to support that. To the concern raised on the arm’s length distance necessary between us and the accountants we use to tally the votes, again there is no evidence to suggest that there was anything short of what you would expect of the standards of the competition. What it did find was that there were processes that either by virtue of generosity and us trying to be helpful when they asked, or by a lack of documentation to make people aware of policies and procedures, that created the appearance of unfairness, or unbalance in the process that may have been completely unintentional.  For example, the report noted that we did not have a published procedure for appealing decisions or filing any concerns or complains.  Some of this started because of one entrant in a digital category that raised concerns, and it was certainly elevated when the four soaps sent their letter, but without a published procedure, you’re really putting the onus on the entrants to know who to call and how to bring their concern.  So, that creates a system where there’s an imbalance because someone who doesn’t know who to call, doesn’t get the same hearing.  Likewise, if someone has made a mistake or technical error in their entry, and they happen to have entered the process early, and we catch it, we, in the past, have gone back to people and said, “Hey, I don’t think you intended to do this.  Would you like to resubmit?”  But if someone is entering at 11:59:59 on deadline night, they won’t necessarily have that.  Again, completely unintentional, but it could be argued that it created an imbalance or bias in the process, and the report made that clear.  For those types of things, we are going to crack down and be more consistent about our policies.  I told Brent and David that it’s going to mean saying no a lot more often in terms of giving waivers and extensions, and the types of things that we have done in the past to help people along. It is going to mean being more transparent and public about what our policies and procedures are so that every entrant has the equal set of knowledge to work from.

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Does this mean a demotion for David Michaels, Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards?

ADAM:  Absolutely not.  That’s something that I want to put a very strong pin in right here.  David led the 2018 Daytime Emmys to record participation and a growing audience.  This new resourcing of the team allows him to be more singularly focused on doubling down on that success for 2019.  The Daytime Emmys are the only entertainment award show to have posted year-over-year audience growth from 2017 to 2018, and more than 30% increase in the number of entries.  The report rightly noticed that we did not do enough administratively to scale to that growth and to bring the resources to manage that added audience, and that added interest from competitors.  So, now we are going to make sure that David and Brent Stanton (Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards) each have the support and focus they need to be successful.

When the letter from various soap producers pointed out a “conflict of interest” for having the executive producer of the Daytime Emmys ceremony also be the awards administrator, many were wondering how that would shake out, or how NATAS planned to deal with this complaint.

ADAM:  Obviously, “conflict of interest” is a legal term of course, but I think that what the reports found was that it was not a conflict of interest.  It was a conflict of time, and many of the more specific errors that were raised in the report, as I said to David, occurred in the 25th hour of the day.  So, that is where it was really a resourcing problem, and a lack of procedure and policy problem.  The lack of resourcing created the environment for something to go wrong, and the lack of policy and procedure created an ad hoc nature for how we address those problems and made that ad hoc response open to questions because there was no prior documentation that this was how these things should be handled.  So, hopefully we have addressed each of these areas going into 2019, and that gives us a chance at a fresh start with the community.

 

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In response to the internal investigation findings, you mentioned you would bring additional resources to the Daytime Emmys, additional help in the operations, and you would add a “second pair of eyes”.  Would you potentially let people know who is in those positions that would be working with David Michaels and Brent Stanton?

ADAM:  Yes, so we are absolutely at a minimum committed to adding one full time position, and a handful of part time positions for that initial vetting process of the competition; that review of entries to make sure they meet the technical requirements, rules, and guidelines of their categories.  Now, in the past, there would be one individual, one set of eyes conducting that review, but now, we are modifying our policies such that before any adverse decision is made, such as disqualifying an entry, a second pair of eyes review it and give their independent assessment of the technical criteria and qualifications of the entry, so that there can be more confidence that multiple perspectives were employed before making any decision that could have an adverse effect on an entry.

Could a daytime drama actor participate and submit their work on n their own without the show being a part of it, if let’s say, the soaps won’t participate as a whole? And on that note, what would be the plans moving forward for the Daytime Emmys if the soaps decide not to participate in the competition?

ADAM:  If an actor or actress wishes to enter on their own with their soap still not participating: our rules permit anyone to enter independent of their program.  So, there is not a requirement that a show participate for an individual performer on that show to participate.  That said, they need to have the actual material to submit, and certainly a performer on that show is not necessarily the owner of that show and the owner of that content.  So, the question of whether they would have the necessary access to and rights to the video material to submit, that would be a question to the show producers as to what they would allow of that. In terms of the Daytime Emmy ceremonies moving forward without the soaps, the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and hopefully, it won’t come to that.  We have had constructive conversations with each of the broadcast soaps and believe our response and support goes a long way to addressing their concerns.  So, we are looking forward to having them.  Of course, they have a number of colleagues in digital drama, children’s programming, gameshows, and the rest of daytime television that we still expect to have a robust program at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys in May of 2019.

You had mentioned that when you saw the results of the report that you felt it was very thorough, and you felt it pointed out things that needed to be fixed.

ADAM:  Yes, the report was exceedingly thorough and fair.  It delivered criticism where criticism was due, and there were a number of areas where we should have and must do better in the management of the Daytime Emmys and our other awards competitions.  I think the report certainly examined every issue that had been raised by members of the Daytime community and then some.  It allowed us to think about what actions we can take as a team to address each of those points.  I don’t think any awards show in our space has ever undertaken such an in-depth introspection of their procedures, yet alone made it public.  So, hopefully we are a trend-setter here.

The report indicates that NATAS will work more closely with the Television Academy (ATAS).  That seems to always be a point of contention.  How do you see yourself improving participation with them to engage that academy in more of the process?

ADAM:  So, the relationship between the two academies has strengthened incredibly in the past year, largely through the leadership of our respective chairman, Terry O’Reilly, the chairman of NATAS, who was elected earlier this summer and Hayma Washington at the Television Academy.  Obviously, they are going to have a new election soon as Hayma is retiring from the role.  So, we can continue that momentum into 2019.  What we note in our response to the report, was that one element of concern raised in the letter from the four soap producers was the mix of Television Academy members on our judging panels, and we want to be responsive to that.  We are prepared to make Television Academy membership a much higher priority in our consideration of judges for these panels, but obviously accessing that membership and engaging that membership requires a deeper partnership with the Television Academy, and we will see to that.

You are starting the call for entries on Monday, November 12th.  If the daytime dramas don’t participate within the timeframe you’ve given, do you see yourself adjusting the timeframe for the soaps if they were to say, “We want to work somethings out before we commit,” or are you just going to move forward if they are not participating in the deadlines you’ve set?

ADAM:  Our deadlines are going to be rather firm for all entrants.  We have a show date set for May and a process that moves backward from there in terms of the time that is needed.  Certainly, the fact that we have added additional review steps and procedures makes that timeline even more critical.  So, we are not going to be in a position to be extending extensions really to anyone.  In fact, the report specifically discourages granting extensions to anyone because that could create the appearance of unfairness that some types of entries get more time than other types of entries.  We welcome everyone, and if by the entry deadline there are particular genres, programs, or individuals that choose not to participate, we will miss them, hope they attend the show in May, and hope we can reengage them for 2020.

If the soaps did not participate in the 46th annual Daytime Emmys, but decided to come back later, it is my understanding that there would just be one drama category whereby web series and daytime soaps would be competing together in that.  Is that potentially what could happen?

ADAM:  I don’t want to go too many branches down off a tree of ‘what if’s,’ but our policies and guidelines do allow that if a category does not have a sufficient number of participants to be competitive, then that category can be eliminated or merged with another category or have its entries moved into another category for the competition.  So, we will look at all of the categories once we have the entries to see which ones remain viable and which ones do not.  Certainly, the fact that we do have digital drama categories gives us a place to contribute to have a drama competition regardless of what mix of entries we have.  I suspect that once you combine those, it becomes very difficult to uncombine them in the future, but obviously the call to entries is revisited every year, so, I can’t think of any long-term prognostications beyond 2019.

Since you are relatively new to your position with NATAS, you probably weren’t expecting that the producers that signed the letter demanding that change and issues be addressed in regard to the Daytime Emmys or they would boycott, would be something you would be dealing with off the bat.  How did you feel about it?

ADAM:  Well, I’m obviously rather new to the role.  My first day as interim president was the day after the Daytime Emmy show this year.  I was only named the permanent president last week.  It was certainly a trial by fire.  I would not say that I had enough history with the daytime drama community to have any expectation one way or another, and I think that is also true of our chairman, Terry O’Reilly, who came into office on July 1st.  That said, in a world of looking for silver linings, I think it gave us an opportunity for a blank slate and a fresh start.  By the community raising these concerns to our attention, and allowing us to conduct this deep review and make it public and be responsive to the issues they raised, it gives us a lot more opportunity to strengthen that relationship in 2019 than if a lot of these concerns had just continued to deteriorate and be whispered about at various cocktail parties, but never really spoken up and therefore, never really addressed.  So, while it was a painful process and there were parts of this report that were difficult to read, I think it gave us the opportunity to start from scratch and to put some of that history behind us.

So, do you think NATAS has addressed the concerns of the daytime dramas? What did you think of the points raised by Adam Sharp in this interview? Do you hope the Emmys will continue as usual with all four network soaps participating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Eileen Davidson Farewell Y&R Interview: From Her Exit Storyline, To Her Co-Stars, And Her Decision To Leave

In a candid and heartfelt conversation, The Young and the Restless exiting Daytime Emmy-winning star, Eileen Davidson sat down with Michael Fairman to discuss her decision to exit the series after playing Ashley Abbott on and off since 1982.

Eileen’s final episodes are now airing on the CBS daytime drama series.  Just how will it end for Ashley?  How will she leave the canvas?  How sad will be her goodbyes?  Y&R fans are counting down now to just a few more airshows that feature Eileen.

During this interview for the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen clarified many points that the audience has wanted to know about or come to understand, in particular, what led to her making the decision to call it quits, and would she ever return and how would she feel if the series recast her role.

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In regard to what went into her decision to depart Genoa City, Eileen expressed: “It’s something I gave a lot of thought to.  Not something you can just go, ‘Gee, this week I want to leave!’  I was really thinking about it for over a year ago.  I talked it over with my husband and he was very supported of me.  My son is in high school and my stepson had left the nest and it had gone by so quickly.  I was like, ‘Wait! What happened?’  I was spending a lot of time in my car commuting; like two hours a day, and a lot of time in my dressing room, because our days are longer here than they used to be, and a myriad of reasons went into it.  It was not just one simple thing.  It was actually a whole bunch of reasons.  Even though I won the Emmy (Eileen won Lead Actress back in April of this year) I had pretty much decided long before then.  (Winning the Emmy) That was like “Oh, my God!”  That actually made me feel my timing was really right … I get this incredible nod right before I’m leaving.”

The emotional part of leaving the place she has called her home away from home for Davidson is saying goodbye to her beloved co-stars including; her on-screen big brother, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott).  As Y&R viewers know, over the years Jack and Ashley’s relationship, and Bergman and Davidson, have shared plenty of screen-time together.  Eileen also gives a very special thanks to the fans who have supported her through the years and who have followed Ashley’s journey.

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Davidson expressed on her final storyline revolving the “Blood Abbott” clause and how it all ties up, “It’s such a great way to go.  It’s so awesome how this whole thing comes up, and you realize how being an Abbott has affected her to her core.”

Now below watch Eileen’s farewell interview filled with clips from her performances and time on Y&R, and more heartfelt topics of conversation.

Then in the comment section below; tell us what you have thought of Ashley’s exit storyline?  What do you hope happens for Ashley? What was your favorite part of this interview and the sentiments shared by Eileen?  

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General Hospital

Genie Francis Talks On Her Return To GH, Fans Outcry Of Support & Her All-Time Favorite Storylines

On Tuesday, Genie Francis participated in a Satellite Media Tour with television stations and press outlets around the U.S. chatting it up on her return to her iconic role of Laura on ABC’s General Hospital.

Francis, who quickly wrapped-up her run after she was taken off-contract with the show back in January of this year, saw her and Laura exit Port Charles swiftly in a story-move that felt stilted to the audience.

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After a huge outpouring of support on social media, GH fans cried foul on the play and wanted one of the series mainstays of all-time back where she belonged.

Francis elaborate it on that in our interview on seeing the show of support: “I couldn’t believe how long it went on and how big it was.  I think part of that was it looked like they were finally giving me a story with the major storyline, and then they yanked it so quickly, and I think people felt cheated.”

GH listened and brought Genie back to the canvas with a new storyline that puts her front and center on the series, as Laura is unaware that her husband Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) is locked up in Ferncliff, while his evil twin Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has taken his place. Now Laura is reeling from the strange behaviors being exhibited by her “husband”. Will she figure it out in time? Will she run for mayor again?

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During her conversation with Michael Fairman TV and the Michael Fairman Channel, Genie touched on what she knew was going to be happening for Laura when she came to the show: “I knew we were going to start with the Ryan beat, which I thought was great. Everyone loves a good sociopath (laughs) and Jon (Lindstrom) is a wonderful actor.  It makes for an exciting story!”

Genie goes on to say that she is: “Just happy to have story, because it’s awfully boring to just be hanging around. I don’t want to be window-dressing. If it came to that, I think I might just leave.”

As to if Laura has a vendetta against Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) who for all intent and purposes murdered her son, Nikolas, Genie weighed-in: “She absolutely has a vendetta. I think right now, Laura who has the biggest heart and is kind of like the heroine of the show in many ways –  but this is the one person on the planet who she truly hates, and it would be interesting if she had to go through the exercise of forgiving him, but I also like that there is that one place where we can see all of that negativity and evil come out. I like that Laura has a dark side.  I really like that.”

Courtesy/ABC

To find out some of Genie’s all-time favorite storylines and least favorite storylines and more on her return watch the video below and make sure to subscribe to The Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming interviews.

What do you think about Genie’s return to GH thus far and the sentiments shared in this interview? Comment below.

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