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The Sharon Case Interview – The Young and the Restless

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Oh, what a tangled web we weave Sharon Newman, and look where it has gotten you this week on The Young and the Restless … in jail!  Fans of the number-one soap have witnessed a change in the character of the beloved heroine, Sharon Newman, over recent months!  She has turned into an over-the-top vengeful woman tired of being kicked around by the Newman clan.  So what’s a gal to do?  Well, she decided to fight back and try to claim the family biz!  Only Sharon doesn’t execute that too well, and it seems like all of her plans go up in smoke!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) to get her take on the direction the last Y&R writing regime took her character, and where the new regime plans to take her.  Plus, are Nick and Sharon still the end game?  Will Shick fans be jumping over the moon soon?  Or, is another man going to enter or re-enter Sharon’s orbit?   Having just been a key component to Y&R’s 10,000th episode milestone, Case looks at the storyline, and all of Sharon’s machinations in it, where once again, everyone believed Victor Newman was “dead” … but in true Y&R fashion, he was indeed alive!  And speaking of Ole Vic, Sharon Case expresses her thoughts on the attempt at the Shicktor pairing that clearly went south in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere … and that is putting it mildly.

And while much can be said, and all ready has, about the recent Twitter controversy involving Case and her co-star, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Sharon points out the good side of the social media platform that enables her to reach out and talk to fans worldwide, and more importantly, to get to know them.  And, with so many changes now behind-the-scenes of Y&R, including the casting of her on-screen son with yet another actor, and the show getting a huge push from the network and Sony, Sharon reveals that she believes the future is brighter, now more than ever, for the residents of Genoa City.

MICHAEL:

What do you think about where they have taken your character of Sharon?  She is so off the rails and at times such a bitch.  I call this whole thing the “Sharon debacle!” (Laughs) Or better put, perhaps a character assassinationBut in a way, you could justify her recent behavior and say Sharon deserves to try to get payback from the Newmans for how they have all mistreated her over the years!

SHARON:

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I just laughed, and I love it!  There were a couple of scenes I shot with Joshua Morrow (Nick) that were in the boardroom.  He said, “Sharon, when I read these scenes, I know you, and I know your sense of comedy.  I couldn’t wait to watch you do these scenes, because I know you are going to be so funny.”  And then when we were shooting the recent funeral, Joshua said, “Oh, my Gosh!  This is going to be one of the best and funniest scenes ever shot in the history of The Young and the Restless.”   So I said to Joshua, “You know how we always joke that we would like to do the fun, different, or comedic version of The Young and the Restless?  Well, this is it!  This is the dialog that we have always wished our characters could say, or thought would be funny if our characters would get to say.  Now I am actually getting to do that, because this is the direction they have taken my character.”   Joshua then goes, “I know!”  We think it’s fun and different.  I like playing Sharon that way.  The writers that we have right now have a storyline coming up that they are going to explain Sharon’s behavior, so all will work out fine.  They have a good plan.  But for years, I have wanted to play this version of Sharon, and even more so, and more than that! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

It seems like the culmination of all the crap the Newmans have put her through, but Sharon is clearly so out of control!

SHARON:

She is out of control! Yes, you could explain that as her motives, that the Newman’s have done a lot of bad things to her, and she is getting them back.  And she is looking, in whatever way, to get her power back, and she has it justified in her mind.  The result is the dialog is fun, and the things she is doing are fun and out of the box, and I really like it.

MICHAEL:

What did you think when they had written, Sharon “cremates” Victor’s body?

SHARON:

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(Laughs) When she realized the body in the morgue was not Victor’s she says to herself out loud, “Oh well!  Victor must have planned this and faked his own death. And for some reason he wants people to think he is dead!”  So she goes along with it and thinks, “Well, I better cremate this body so nobody finds out that is not Victor.”  So she thinks this is Victor’s plan!  She initially thought when she was going to the morgue that Victor was dead.  Then, when she looked at the body and realized Victor wasn’t dead, she said to herself, “Oh, my gosh. You faked your own death! Why do you want people to think you’re dead?  I don’t know why you do, but whatever reason I will go along with it.”  And then she goes down the aisle to get married to Tucker, but for her, she is playing that Victor is dead and going along with his story.  She can’t tell Tucker the truth.  So when he says, “Marry me,” Sharon first thinks she can’t do that.  But then she rethinks it, and comes up with: if Tucker’s name is connected to hers they could really do well by the stock price and stabilize Newman, because when the word gets out that Victor is dead, it’s going to destabilize Newman even more.  So she thinks if she marries Tucker that can fix things until it all unravels.  Sharon did not know how it was all going to unravel, because she did not know what Victor’s ultimate plan was.

MICHAEL:

New Y&R head writer, Josh Griffith, in a recent interview with TV Guide, previewed that they have a plan to take Sharon Newman all the way down to a complete nervous breakdown … but that it will also reset the character, and perhaps, have her come back from the brink.

SHARON:

Yeah!  She has had breakdowns many times, but there is more coming.  Hopefully this will reset her, but we shall see! (Laughs)  I have not read it all yet in the scripts.

MICHAEL:

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You and Joshua Morrow are now playing a different beat of your long-suffering star-crossed lover’s story!  Sharon and Nick are currently hating each other on the show!

SHARON:

Yeah, right now they are hating each other, but when they hate each other, it’s really out of love, because I think they love each other.

MICHAEL:

Do you think there is a possibility that Shick will get back together in the end!

SHARON:

Oh, absolutely!  They are a super couple! Of course, they will end up together in the end!

MICHAEL:

But there is a tease out there that there could be a man, or a brand new man, that will help Sharon out of this dark hole she has dug herself into.

SHARON:

You think there is a brand new man?

MICHAEL:

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Well, how is she going to get healed?  It always seems some “Knight in Shining Armor” rescues the beautiful damsel in distress, for a period of time, and then that goes belly up!  (Laughs)

SHARON:

Well, we shall see.  You know the writers have told me that we are not playing the storyline that men help Sharon, or that Sharon needs men.  I am glad.  I did not like that.   I thought it was stupid, and the audience never liked it.  I don’t know why every writing regime that has come along felt the need to play that Sharon needs to be weak and she needed to depend on a man, because that never went over well with the audience!  So why do we keep writing that?  It was ridiculous!  I was constantly playing against it and crossing out lines here and there in the script to take that element out of it.  It’s not entertaining to watch someone like that, and the writers now have told me we are getting away from that.

MICHAEL:

What are your thoughts on the regime change over at Y&R?  Having former GH Emmy-winning EP, Jill Farren Phelps at the helm, and Josh Griffith coming back in as head scribe?

SHARON:

I think that we have a really good formula going on right now with the plans that Sony and CBS have, along with our new team.  They have a formula and a plan in place to make The Young and the Restless successful in its ratings, and to continue to make it have a very long run for at least the next ten years, or God knows, maybe more.  That is what I am really excited about … that everyone is in the same boat and on the team with one vision and one plan to take the show in the direction it needs to for its own survival and longevity.  That’s what I think the entire cast is now excited about.  We are living in a world right now where long running shows are going off the air.  We have had this threat over our heads of  “What if we are next?”   So instead of having to live like that, now we have a team of executives from both studios who are 100% behind the show. Instead of there being a looming threat, now there is a promise and a plan that they have in mind to work with the writers to take this show to where it needs to go.  I think that is good news.

MICHAEL:

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Y&R just celebrated its 10,000th episode.   You have appeared in how many of those, do you think?  Did you ever think you would be on a soap for this long?

SHARON:

I have been on Y&R for 18 ½ years, so probably under half of those episodes I have appeared on.  In the early days and years I thought about, “What if I am playing this role forever?  How do I continue to make the role interesting for that many years?”  And then I realized, that the way you do it is that the writers write so many different things for your character.  When you’ve gone through all these different types of storylines it is almost like playing different kinds of characters, because you go through different jags and romances during that character’s life and point of view.  On a soap opera you get to really try everything as an actor, such as: mental breakdowns, marriage and divorces, and kleptomania.  You have really played almost every single thing there is to play, from the highest drama of losing a child, and becoming a mother.  I have gone through every single story that could ever be told for an actor.  I think I have played them all now.  I never thought I would get to do that!  And, when I was growing up and I decided to be an actress, I certainly did not think I would end up getting to play all this.

MICHAEL:

Sharon and Victor are finally, for all intent and purposes, done as a couple in any way, shape, or form.  Right?

SHARON:

Oh, yes!  That did not go over well.  I had a feeling it wasn’t going to, because when we did that storyline the year before with the prison wedding, it didn’t go over well then.  So when it came back up, I was saying, “Hey. I don’t think this is going to be a good idea,” simply because the fans didn’t like it, and the fans need to be behind what we do.  We are a fan-driven medium.

MICHAEL:

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Fans were clearly not happy or amused with this coupling.  And, I believe that is what you were saying when you were trying to explain in the retweet you sent out on Twitter regarding the negative fan response to the Shicktor pairing.   Is that true?

SHARON:

I was retweeting what the fans were saying, that is what retweet is for.  To give someone else’s voice … a louder voice.  People will ask you to retweet their favorite charity or their birthday, something, and you are trying to put their voice into a louder speaker.  So that is important to listen to what the fans say.  I have always come from that point of view, but there have been other people who I have worked with that don’t have that point of view.  And that is, what the fans want to see is not as important as what they want.  In this medium, the fans should and do have a say.  I knew when we were doing this storyline that it was not going to go over, because we had done it a year before with the prison wedding.  And even that, I was not sure was going to go over, and it didn’t.  And so this second go round, I was shocked that it came around again, and that we were going to attempt it again, because the fans blew up my Twitter page.  They let me know that they did not like it.

MICHAEL:

You have a new Noah, once again!  Your new on-screen son is being played by Robert Adamson, formerly of Hollywood Heights!  How is working with Robert? And do you see the SORASing of Noah and Summer a way to add a new wrinkle to the on-going Sharon/Nick/Phyllis triangle?

SHARON:

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I have always liked the Sharon/Nick/Phyllis triangle, and I like the Nick/Sharon/Adam triangle, too.  They are all good things and we should play all of them, as they all provide really good dynamics.  As far as Robert, he is a good kid.  So we will see what the audience thinks, and how they like him.  Then, we have a new Summer too, and again we will see how the audience likes that and how they have aged the characters.  So I think we have to see how that works.  They are both terrific actors.  It’s just when you age a character, it’s kind of tricky to see how that will work within the context of the other characters, and the storylines of the show.   I have met and worked with Robert a few times, but I have not worked with Hunter Haley King yet, who is playing Summer.

MICHAEL:

There have been some heavy-duty cast cuts on Y&R recently that sent a lot of big name soap actresses packing their bags.  You, however, look to be sticking around for some time to come.  What has it been like for you, with the fans of the show, who have stuck by your portrayal of Sharon no matter what situation she inevitably finds herself in?

SHARON:

When I was on The Talk to promote the 10,000th episode, I wanted to give a shout out to my Twitter peeps, because everything went so fast up there on the panel discussion with the hosts.  I wanted to give a shout out to:  Kathy@makeupdetective, @SharonCaseFan, and then there is Nicole.  We just talk, and I love them.  They are so great.  They talk about the storyline a lot, and whatever comes up in the news.  We talk about my boyfriend and their husbands. We talk about my Pomp jewelry line, and when I have new stuff that comes out.  They are just so cute.  Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R) was the one who first got me involved on Twitter.  I was so afraid to get involved at the beginning. But then, I ended up meeting all these really nice people.  They are smart and funny, and I laugh out loud a lot sitting at my desk chatting with them.  They call you out on your stuff too, because they get to know you after a while, and it is fun.  Recently, I was walking down the street and a girl came up to me and said, “Sharon, I follow you on Twitter.”  And I asked her name, and she said, “Morgan,” and I said, “Oh my God, Morgan!  I recognize your face now!”  So yeah, I wanted to give a shout out to all my favorite gals, and Frank too!

MICHAEL:

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So, what did you think of the content of Y&R’s 10,000th episode?   Many fans have been underwhelmed by it, but they also know there is big, big stuff ahead for Sharon!

SHARON:

I thought the 9999th and 10,000th were both great, and one is the set up to the other.  But I think the 9999th episode was the more fun one with lots of activity.  The 10,000th episode was more classic Y&R, and a wrap-up of what these 10,000 episodes have meant.  It was sort of about Nikki and Victor, and their classic relationship.  We tried to get a way from the camp in the big 10,000th episode.  But what I can say is, the next few weeks of air shows are going to be a very exciting time to tune-in!

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randy
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randy

terriffic interview micheal.
loved it and love sharon case.
i really hope josh goes with the sharon and adam pairing,there was so much unfinished bussiness there,,
if the writers are going into sharons phyc,
then a good part of the unraveling would be her love for the man that stole her child….it could also ignite the nick sharon adam triangle again..

Chrissy
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Chrissy

I LOVE SHARON!!!! I love her with Nick best BUT LOVE Adam wanting her! I DON”T like the fake no chemistry at all Chelsea! It is boring !!!!!! I have watched for 30 years and I am personaliy sick of Victor and Nikki! Period! Thanks Michael!

Carol
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Carol

Actually, I can’t stand Sharon!!! I wish that she would stop putting herself in “Slutt” situation’s! She’s a little too old for the whole thing!

bill
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bill

I agree! I love Sharon! She is my favorite character on the show! I can’t believe how anyone could ever talk bad about this wonderful actress and character ever!

charles
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charles

Sharon has chemistry with everyone. She is a fantastic actress! She has this fantastic energy thanks for the interview Michael! Sharon Case has done the best job this year with her outstanding acting! Way to go!!!!!!! I hope she gets the recognition and an award she deserves.

charles
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charles

I love Sharon! PLEASE Michael don’t let people call Sharon names like this Carol person did! It is disgusting and it is gross to see nuts do this to such a wonderful actress. Thanks I loved the interview

MORGAN FARANTINO-CLARK.
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MORGAN FARANTINO-CLARK.

i llove sharon cates,and sharon NEWMAN too… great interview again by MICHAEL FAIRMAN,always have the best IMO media interviews. great blog.and i adore her with nick newman,BEST and i think what is force is the phyllis nick stuff BORING. and repetitive,too contrive,and i think adam and sharon yes have a lot of chemistry,and i think Nick and her have overall the BEST DAYTIME chemistry,in history with a few others not too many in the younger age bracket meaning who were born prior to early 70s. they are so beautiful together,and real intense chem,her and nick,so i want a reunion but… Read more »

bill
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bill

Sharon besides from the Drucilla Winters day’s has had people interested in Young and The Restless no mater what they say! As for Shelia Carter WOW and OH MY GOD! Can there get any better than the true KIm Brown as Shelia! Those were the day’s my friends! Sharon needs to be back in a hot steamy romance! When I saw Victor and Nikki kiss the other day I had my lunch in my throught! We get it! We do not NEED to see our grandparents kiss !

charles
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charles

I agree! Besides from Sharon Drucilla is totally off the hook fantastic! Ashley is a great actress also! Those are the three tops in Y&R . The old days were Jill and Kay.

charles
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charles

Sorry YES I forgot Shelia was awesome also big time

kay/kay
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kay/kay

I do not think Sharon Case had dam thing to do with the destruction of the character Carol and it will take a miracle to bring it back this character is all over the map brain tumor, mental breakdown, duel personality how do we get out of this dilema if you want to fire an actress MAB do it do not destroy her to us viewers so that we are in pain to watch. as my sister would say she deserves an emmy for having to do love scenes with EB & SN one 30 yrs older the other 20… Read more »

RUBY C.
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RUBY C.

sharon case ever leaves i will leave and never watch this show again!!!!!!!!!!!11

Derrick
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Derrick

Great interview!

charles
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charles

I agree Kay/Kay Sharon had everything to do with telling them it would NEVER work with fans in the start with her with Victor but MAB and Brandeon aka Victor did it any way and Sharon did such a great job. She is a true team player

peaches
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peaches

I hope they do something with Sharon’s voice. It appears to be dull and boring; she talks monotone. Not an interesting sound pitch like Phyllis, Nikki, Chanceller and Avery. The rest of the women voices are pleasant, and they don’t sound flat like Sharon’s voice.

Please give Eden a more interesting role. She is just there and get her memory by for goodness sakes!!!

Please end this Paul episode it has been drawn out too long that it has become a boring segment.

bill
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bill

Sharon has a wonderful voice! Nikki is like a baby voice and Chelsea squeeks like a mouse it hurts my ears and Omg Kyle! Can we talk???? Did anyone ever see the episode of Bobby Brady changes from The Brady Bunch LOL LOL LOL

charles
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charles

Peaches , Sharon Case has a beautiful voice! Chelsea and Kyle have strange voices not Sharon

shoozeyque
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shoozeyque

Of course, sharon’s voice doesn’t sound like Phyllis’ voice. Phyllis screams bloody murder at everybody all the time, flinging her arms up and down and backwards. she is a mad woman.

Doe
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Doe

Hey,Michael.I’m so glad you have this great interview with Sharon. She definitely is not anything like her role as Sharon Newman. I never liked the Victor-Sharon storyIine . It was distasteful to me in so many ways. Age difference for one, and having Sharon a Newman every ten minutes. So, I assume from your interview that she is probably going to some kind of rehab, again. After all, she stole items from Lauren’s shop, etc. But, I auppose this will all lead to a story that she had no control over all the crazy things she has done. I’m really… Read more »

Chrissy
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Chrissy

Sharon Case is a awesome person in real life so far out of all of them only Christian LB can come pair to how loving and pure she is

bill
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bill

Sharon Case didn’t want the Victor pairing BUT Maria Bell and Eric who play’s Victor did! So unfair to Sharon BUT Emmy #2 is in her future she made it work! You go girl! 🙂

Cindy
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Cindy

Love this quote from Sharon: “They (Shick) are a super couple! Of course, they will end up together in the end!” I want Sharon and Nick back together ASAP. Wonderful interview 😀

Kevin
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Kevin

Me 2!! SHICK to the end!!

Gosh! I am truly one of those fans, who “has stuck by the character, regardless of storyline”. I love the Sharon character, and Sharon Case as an actress.

Look, I was the first to go crazy this past July, when Maria Bell was fired, but truthfully, I await with such eager anticipation for the episodes that begin next Friday, October 12. I can’t wait to go on this journey of transformation of the Sharon character, and to experience the healing.

charles
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charles

I agree Sharon and Nick are perfect as a hot couple! Phyllis NEVER worked with Nick and Adam and Chelsea are just aweful and have no spark at all!

ethel
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ethel

michael as usual great interview!! ♥

Michael
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Michael

This was a great interview Michael. Sharon Case has really taken the shizz that former head writer Maria Bell gave her and turned it into gold. I know Sharon really hated the storyline that Maria gave her and that apparently Sharon and Maria did not get along at all and one point, Maria threatened to fire Sharon and replace her with an actress who’ll act out the lines that she writes for the role of Sharon Collins Newman Abbott Newman Newman (I’m sure there’s another marriage in there somewhere).

But kudos on the great interview.

Barb
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Barb

I hope they put Nick & Sharon back together. They are like Nikki & Victor, they belong together. Sharon & Nick have always been my favourite couple. Hope they don’t put her back with Adam. Adam is great wth Chelsie (sp?). Can’t imagine any women going back to a man who stole her baby.

Kevin
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Kevin

Agree! “Shick” seems so much at ease, not forced, fits like ring on finger, vs. forced, lust-filled, and desperate like “Phick”. JMO!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sharon went back to Adam not once but twice after knowing he had taken her baby. Then she dumped him when she found out he helped Patty to escape from Fairview. What???? So I agree it makes no sense in the real world but this is soap land where obviously characters just don’t make decisions based on what normal folks would do. I’m still waiting for a Nikki Adam pairing, it would make as much sense as the Sharon Victor pairing.

Deborah FL
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Deborah FL

Why, is Adam hanging around with Sharon again?. That guy is mysterious.He is not surporting Chelsie at all.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Good classy interview, classy questions you are the best Michael!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The interview sounded a bit contrived to me, with Ms Case saying pretty much what Sony would want her to say, and not what she really felt. I think she knows where her bread is buttered. As for the character Sharon, the only thing I hope is they come to an understanding who Sharon is and what makes her tick and write storylines for her that make sense to who the character is and her history.

Matt
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Matt

great interview

Akim
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Akim

I really hope Sharon & Adam get back together and are endgame! They are golden together. Nick belongs with Phyllis.

Wanda
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Wanda

Can’t stand Nick and Sharon!!!!! Please go in a different direction. Also, take Phyllis back to the strong person that she was. She had grown…told it like it was and is Let her redeem herself!!

cr
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cr

I agree with wanda with it comes to phyllis character.

Stella
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Stella

all this SHICK shit ruined Phyllis! put SHICK back together so I can FF them and save my soap time for the real stars of the show!

Saundra
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Saundra

I am so in agreement with you.

Barb
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Barb

Hope they get Sharon & Nick back together. I think they belong together like Nikki & Victor. Hard to believe her going back to Adam. Not many women would go back to the person who stole their baby. Great interview.

Another Barb
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Another Barb

Another Barb agrees

sweetzles
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sweetzles

Still hoping for a Shadam reunion. I truly believe that they belong together.

Pam
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Pam

Thank you Michael for this great interview! I loved what she said about Sharon and Nick! I really hope they’re going back together, they were the only reason why I was watching Young and the restless. I haven’t watched the show ever since Sharon went to NOLA and started making out w/ Adam.

Kevin
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Kevin

Agree, Pam!

Althea
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Althea

Was once a fan of Shick but prefer Sharon with Adam. IMO the fit plus the chemistry is there. I am very happy no more Sharon and Victor. They need to share less screen time forever.

Stella
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Stella

Sharon Case is as delusional as her character! there is no “in the end” or endgame on soaps, there is CANCELLED!

Sharon and Nick are as toxic as Three Mile Island and have been from the get go!

When does Sharon (the character) start taking care of herself? when does she pull up her big girl panties and take ownership of her asinine life! What a waste of woman!

Sarah
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Sarah

Great interview! Loved reading SC’s thoughts. Shick do belong together and I hope they are reunited one day.

Laurie
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Laurie

Shick do belong together.

Brittany
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Brittany

Shick are awesome together! It’s time to reunite them and let Sharon finally heal.

Saundra
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Saundra

Obviously there are SHIC fans on this blog. I respect your choice but disagree totally. For Sharon to declare that Shick will end up together in the end – I am hoping it will NOT be in my lifetime. They are soooo yesterday news. to a lot of us. She has also insulted other male characters she has partnered with especiallly Adam.

carl
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carl

No Sharon NEVER insulted anyone! You need your facts! The entire tweet thing was not her saying anything negative but it WAS certain cast members commenting and other friends and fans telling Case she was great and put up with A lot! She re tweeted the nice compliments she recieved that’s ALL she did! It was relayed back to EB in the wrong way and he acted like a child calling Sharon names and another person a Bastard! EB also needed his facts before he judged Case and got his facts straight!

Kasey
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Kasey

Just love, love, love Sharon Case! She is the reason I’ve watched this show for the past 18 years and the show just would not be the same without her character “Sharon”. I agree with what Josh Morrow has said publicly more than once now: Nick and Sharon belong together. Period. They are the next super couple to reunite, a la Victor and Nikki, as they truly deserve to be happy together again. Phick only ruined Nick and they remain the most forced and mismatched pair in Y&R history, IMO. Shadam? Please. The destruction of the real Sharon Collins Newman… Read more »

Beam
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Beam

I agree Nick and Sharon will and should be end game, Joshua and Sharon both have said that Nick and Sharon belong together and I agree Nick and Sharon are a younger versus of Victor and Nikki

Wanda
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Wanda

Nick and Sharon are so boring! I can’t stand the everyone loving and up-holding the Shareho!! I would LOVE to see Nick grow up!!! When you really truly love someone, you may not like what they have done but you stick by them and defend them to the end. Phyllis’ sister and husband did not! However, Ronan did. He put all he had on the line for her. Now, that is love, I would love for Nick to have the tables turned on Nick and have him treated the way he treats the women in his life. Let him get… Read more »

bill
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bill

SHARON better be back on top in love with Nick or Adam! I am so tired of them making a fool of my favorite actress on daytime TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jared
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Jared

What an articulate, classy, beautiful actress! Well done.

Chaz
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Chaz

After years of watching the character of Sharon mope and droop like a wet rag I was actually enjoying Sharon “the bitch”. The sarcastic delivery of her lines was a hoot. For the first time the character had backbone and a tough crap attitude. Hopefully, Sharon will not be “rescued” by a man, not Nick nor Adam nor a new one. The character needs to retain some of the ballsy attitude and build a life for herself outside the Newman orbit, both personally & professionally.

CT
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CT

Ms Case fails to ever mention Stephen Nichols.
She is not bowling me over by pandering to the same old same old group of twittering egos.

manD
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manD

what do you mean by “She is not bowling me over by pandering to the same old same old group of twittering egos.” ?

CT
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CT

Frankly, the Newman men and Sharon are eternal re runs rather than moving on nor growth. Shick for me is not an end game unless you mean end this program already and cancel!!!! Nick is a judgmental creep. He feels a sense of entitlement to all and superiority. In reality, he takes as much as anyone, feigns morality as he cheats more than most, exchanges wives on a dime, and expects everything to be his. He is the worst because he is quick to judge and never accept how bad a human being he himself is or how much of… Read more »

KB
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KB

I so agree with you CT about Stephen Nichols. What a fantastic actor. I really enjoy his work. He proves it playing Tucker who is a total complicated man, Tucker is not mr. goody two shoes, nor is he totally evil. I don’t know if this is true, but rumor has it that Adam will turn bad again and end up going back to Sharon. Hopefully Tucker will go on into a new good storyline and a new romance soon.

olivia
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olivia

jealous, much ? lol

SugarDumpling
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SugarDumpling

Nice interview. Yes, some of the responses were very tactful but does anyone really expect her to risk saying something that could be misinterpreted by fans?? I think it’s called having class! In any case (no pun intended), it’s a new regime so why not just turn the page and start out fresh sans negativity? I hope the writers put Sharon with NO ONE for awhile and let the character find her way back to stability, repair her relationship with her KIDS and her Mother Doris. People can argue all day long about who they want Sharon to be with… Read more »

carl
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carl

Well Erick B had no problem calling Sharon names and another friend of mine a bastard ! I think Case is 100% classy all the way all the time1 I can NOT say the same for EB aka Victor !

olivia
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olivia

oh please, it is a soap where characters always do bad things to each other then another storyline and new writers come and all is forgotten, nothing new..if the characters have chemistry, at least we can enjoy them on-screen, the storylines will always be quite..how to say..over the top ! Blame the writers, they are the one who chose to write the horrible things done by the characters after all.

charles
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charles

I agree Phyllis and Nick do not belong together at all

i like phyllis and ronan hot couple
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i like phyllis and ronan hot couple

love phyllis and ronan together they make a hot couple. hope they are together for a while. hope to see victor well back on his feet fighting jack to get his company back.

Deborah FL
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Deborah FL

Agree with Ronan and Phyllis.

olivia
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olivia

Cute interview, i hope she is right and the Sharon character doesn’t need some rescue..and by the way she is totally right about the ‘damsel in distress’ being over done and outdated, for us young women it is offensive actually, far worse than the ‘evil’ soap guys who do ‘bad things’. Strong women who can give as much as they get is the way to make us watch no matter if the love interest is a ‘bad boy’ or a ‘good guy’ by the way we want grey, flawed, more real characters, male or female..the ‘hero’ ‘villain’ or damsel, vixen/bitch… Read more »

Deborah FL
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Deborah FL

I love the scene with Nick and Avery,They are really hot.!

Starr
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Starr

I’ve been watching Y&R since the Brooks were the main family in Genoa City. When it comes to couples: I prefer Nick with Phyllis or Nick with Avery. I prefer Adam with Chelsea. I prefer Phyllis with Nick or with Ronan, although she was good with Jack while it lasted… however I am really not interested in seeing Phyllis & Jack back together. Just as I’m not interested in seeing Nick & Sharon back together again… Or even seeing Sharon & Jack back together. Getting people back together is too overdone. Nicki & Victor need to make this reunion last… Read more »

Katherine
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Katherine

I would Love to see Adam and Sharon get back together, I think they could still make it interesting if they were together, As far as Chelsea and Adam, I hate it, Sorry but Adam and Sharon belong together..It’s stupid every time they start to get back together the writers make it to where they don’t, It really makes me not like to watch the show and making Sharon always having problems gets a little old, I’m sorry I love the show but, They need to make it more interesting for the viewers..I watch it hoping that Adam and Sharon… Read more »

Angel
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Angel

I wish so called fans would lay off Sharon Case, the person and concentrate on the character she plays, Sharon Collins/ Newman..I love Sharon Case, she’s my favorite actress. I think the writer will once again write another triangle, Sharon, Nick and the new man that will rescue Sharon Newman once again, isn’t that why we watch this awful never ending predictable story lines…Let Victor’s character retires somewhere, tired of seeing his old mean self.

Interviews

B&B’s Scott Clifton and Don Diamont Talk on the Plight of Liam & Bill and Their Cover-Up of Vinny’s Death

If you are watching current episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful then you know that Scott Clifton (Liam) and his on-screen father, Don Diamont (Bill Spencer) have been spending plenty of time together in scenes in very dramatic and intense fashion.

In story, Liam is guilt-ridden over running down Vinny Carter (Joe LoCicero) by accident when he was driving Bill’s car.  Since the moment that Vinny was killed, Bill leapt into action, destroying any evidence tying the two to the scene of the crime and continually demanding that Liam let this go and move on with his life, or the implications for the both of them could certainly be a long jail sentence, or worse.

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Now as Liam is finally making headway in a reconciliation with Hope (remember his last secret – sleeping with Steffy – was quite the doozy), this new secret of what he has done, and hiding, could up the stakes even more and take him away from his family for good … or would Hope (Annika Noelle) after finding out what Liam did be the nail in his coffin that ends their relationship once and for all and kicks him to the curb?

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Both, Scott Clifton and Don Diamont chatted virtually with Michael Fairman exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel to offer up for viewers and fans of The Bold and the Beautiful: an inside look at what goes on when they tape their scenes, how they see their characters motivations, and they serve up a preview of what may lie ahead in this tangled web that Bill and Liam have unfortunately weaved.

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Check out the humorous, candid, and enlightening conversation with two of the leads and mainstays of this CBS Daytime drama series below.

Then let us know; how do you think Liam and Bill can get out of the mess they find themselves in? Will Liam crumble and spill the beans? Will everyone in town get on to them and figure out the secret they have been keeping? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section after taking a look at the virtual conversation.

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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