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THE PROPOSAL Creator Mike Fleiss Pledges “To Do Better” in Vetting Contestants After Scandal Causes Episode To Be Pulled

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More troubling times for the reality-competition franchises from creator Mike Fleiss.  He is the man behind The Bachelor, The Bachelorette et all, and its latest sorta incarnation, the summer series The Proposal which premiered last week.

Since Friday, news broke that one of the male contestants that was featured in this week’s episode is being accused by a Milwaukee woman of allegedly luring her to an apartment complex entertainment room, where she believes she was drugged and sexually assaulted by another man.  The contestant was Michael J. Friday.  The incident allegedly occurred last November.

“How are we supposed to find out about something that’s never been reported??? #TheProposal”, Fleiss tweeted on Saturday.  This led to a mix-bag of responsive tweets including those who urged for “background checks”.

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The woman accusing the contestant, Erica Denae Meshke took to her facebook account with a chilling post of the events that led to her “date rape”.  She adds about the contestant in question: “This man is the pretty face that is used as a lure to get girls into unsafe situations.”

Fleiss also faced backlash a few weeks earlier, when it was revealed that current ‘Bachelorette’ contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month in upstate New York, a week before he debuted on the season premiere on ABC.

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On Sunday, Fleiss followed-up with another tweet that read: “For the record, I am horrified that any of these abusive assholes are on our shows. We are working very hard to find ways to do better.”

So, what do you think of two men involved in assaulting women ending up as contestants on the ABC reality-competition series?  If you watch these shows, does it make you want to turn them off, or does it not make a difference and the producers  just need to do a more in-depth background check on their potential contestants? Comment below.

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This show ranks right up with the one from years ago where people met at the beginning of the episode and then got married at the end of the episode. Those didn’t work and neither will these.

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First of all, it’s “MIXED bag”, not “mix-bag”. Second, here’s how you can do better Fleiss: stop making these stupid, lame, insulting shows just to pad your wallet even more.

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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GH Writer Change: Shelly Altman Retires; Dan O’Connor Named Co-Head Writer Alongside Chris Van Etten

The word is out that General Hospital’s co-head scribe, Shelly Altman has decided to retire from the rigors of writing a daytime drama series and is leaving the ABC soap opera.  Most recently, Altman had been in charge of the writing of the show along with c0-head writer, Chris Van Etten.

With Altman retiring, GH has named former breakdown writer, Dan O’Connor as the new co-head writer of the series who will work with Van Etten.

According to TV Insider’s report, Shelly’s last day with the characters in Port Charles is this coming Friday, August 2nd.   Viewers can expect to see her stories to continue to play out for the coming months.   In lieu of Altman’s departure, O’Conner was promoted within the writing team and GH ranks.

In a statement, General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini said on his new co-head writing duo:  “These two understand the canvas and the characters. They also bring creativity, passion and commitment to the show’s history and its future.”

And for Altman’s years on GH, Valentini added: “Shelly, thank you for years of complex, emotional, intriguing story that ranged from suspense to heartbreak to laugh out loud funny, and everything in-between. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”

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Altman had been with the GH writing team since 2011 and eventually was promoted to head writer.  She is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner. and a two-time WGA Award winner throughout her soap opera writing career.   As for Chris and Dan, they have been with GH also since 2011 and before that together on the writing team at One Life to Live.

So, what are your thoughts on Shelly’s exit and Dan and Chris crafting the stories for Port Charles? Comment below.

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