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The Thorsten Kaye and Heather Tom Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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A red hot new duo is emerging as one of the most popular on-screen couples in recent years on The Bold and the Beautiful!  Played by Heather Tom and Thorsten Kaye, the fictional Katie and Ridge have recently admitted they have feelings for each other, and now are coming to the realization that they indeed … love each other!

But oh, the complications!  Katie’s sister, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) has been the woman of Ridge’s affections for decades!  But after returning to Los Angeles and learning of Brooke’s tryst with Bill (Bill Spencer) and how it hurt Katie, something changed for Ridge; no matter how much he tried in his heart and mind to make it work with Brooke.  They even headed to the altar!  Cue the fainting spell/faux heart attack of Katie’s that stopped the nuptials!

Now, with their feelings for each other undeniable, can Katie and Ridge be together against all odds?  Will their past flames tear them apart?  What will happen now that  Brooke has learned how sis Katie feels about Ridge … and how Ridge feels about Katie? On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Thorsten Kaye and Heather Tom to get their thoughts on working with each other, where they hope their on-screen romance will go, how they set out to make their scenes work “Bold and Beautiful” style, and just how is Thorsten adjusting to life as the new Ridge after the role was played for 25 years by Ronn Moss.  Here’s what the oh-so-sexy, beguiling, and ever so cute duo shared during our conversation!

MICHAEL:

Heather, when you found out Thorsten Kaye was cast as the new Ridge Forrester, what was your initial reaction?  Did you know of Thorsten’s work?

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HEATHER:

I thought, “Oh, that guy!” (Laughs)  I knew of Thorsten, of course!  I was very excited for him to come to the show.  I thought it would be a very interesting casting choice.   I thought we needed to go the complete opposite of Ronn Moss (Ex-Ridge) and I think we have accomplished that, and I think that it has been fun.

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, now your leading lady is a five-time Daytime Emmy winner!  How is it working opposite Heather?

THORSTEN:

I just call her “Five”.  What do you mean the complete opposite of Ronn?

HEATHER:

I mean, he wears a scarf and you don’t!  (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

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Heather and I have been on the same show before, but not at the same time.  So, I have been chasing her for awhile.  It’s fun to work with someone who puts the script first.  I think there is a reason she has five Daytime Emmys … and I have none! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Congrats on your 2014 Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination, Heather!  What scenes did you submit for the first round of competition for the Outstanding Lead Actress category?

HEATHER:

I submitted the episode where Katie finds out about Brooke and Bill at the birthday party from hell!

MICHAEL:

How do you feel now Thorsten about stepping into the role of Ridge, since you first got here a few months ago?  Are you more comfortable?

THORSTEN:

I am not going to lie to you.  It’s always uncomfortable when you go to someone else’s house and try to fit in.  It’s not that I need to make the part my own, but I have to do something, and I couldn’t do what has been done before.  It’s been good.  The toughest part is getting to L.A and the travel.  I live in Connecticut, and so during the winter months it’s a bit more difficult due to the weather conditions, like the planes are late, but there are always delays, which can be frustrating.

HEATHER:

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He has a hell of a commute.

MICHAEL:

So in story, originally Katie told Ridge they cannot be together, or act on their feelings, and urged him to go back to Brooke.  Ridge then went back to Brooke, and even got to the altar before that disintegratedSo if he now has feelings for Katie, does Brooke still have a place in his heart?

THORSTEN:

I think if you love someone, you try to forgive them.  We have all been there.  You try to remember all the good parts of it, and looking back on relationships from twenty years ago, I tend to remember all of the good parts.  And then you get back to reality and go, “Oh, that’s right.  She does that thing with her tooth … or, whatever drives you nuts! (Laughs)  You remember the good things and not the bad things, and you can’t get around it.  I feel that is kind of what happened with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Bill (Don Diamont).  So you go, “Alright, it was mistake,” but then you have this little doubt in your head.  Then, you see someone else who seems to be not of that persuasion, and you think perhaps that makes more sense to you.

MICHAEL:

Heather, do you like the story that once again pits the two sisters against each other?

HEATHER:

I do like the story.  I like where they are going with it.   I think it’s nice to establish the two camps, and I do like working with Katherine Kelly Lang in this regard.  I think as sisters it is complex and has history … and if we can play the history, then it becomes so much fun to play.

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MICHAEL:

Heather, when you saw the script that said, “Katie faints at the wedding”, were you shocked?  Were you like, “Not another heart attack, please!” (Laughs)

HEATHER:

At first, I was like, “Please God! Tell me I am not having another heart attack!”  Then, I called Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B). I said, “I just read the script….”  And he goes, “Don’t worry!  You’re not really having a heart attack.  You’re faking it!”  I went “Thank God!”  He knows that I don’t want to constantly have heart attacks!  (Laughs)  No one has more heart attacks than Katie! (Laughs)  But, I did like the aspect that she was faking it.  I thought that was great, because for once she is being assertive and making a choice and really going after what she wants.  So she makes this sort of conscious decision of, “OK, I am stopping this.”  I liked that, and I thought it was interesting.

MICHAEL:

Do you feel it makes her a villain in any way?

HEATHER:

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I think it’s against her nature, and so it’s new to her.  I don’t think it makes her a villain.  I think it makes her a human being who does things impulsively, and for the first time ever is going after what she wants and saying, “Brooke, well, you have been telling me to follow my heart all of my life, and so I guess I am going to follow my heart and see where it leads me.”

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, you have worked with so many incredible leading ladies in your career! What is different in working with Heather?

THORSTEN:

She’s got five Daytime Emmys! (Laughs)  Therefore, she is always right, and so the pressure is off of me.  I think we are having fun, and we are trying to make the scenes as organic as possible.

HEATHER:

I think you can see when people are having fun working together, even if it’s a scene where you are bawling.  If you are having a good time with that person, it comes across on-screen.  I think that the material we have been doing is working.  I think that’s because we are approaching it from a place of play and a “let’s see what we can squeeze out of it” philosophy.

MICHAEL:

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Thorsten, you are heading this month to the United Arab Emirates for a location shoot that will air in April on B&B.  In story, it has been revealed that Ridge follows Brooke and Bill there, and acts in some way as Brooke’s protector!  And where’s Katie in all of this?  Thoughts?

HEATHER:

I am sure they have a remote planned for me in the back alley at CBS! (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

It’s always nice to travel somewhere, and in regards to the story, if you spend a lot of time with someone you do feel a sense of wanting them to be alright.  Again, I have no idea what the scripts are for the shoot in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but I would think Ridge finds out something that could affect Brooke badly, and he would feel it’s his job to tell her that.

MICHAEL:

Is Ridge going to be “Torn Between Two Logans?” (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

I think the choices have been made for now.  Things move pretty quickly at The Bold and the Beautiful so no one is torn, certainly not Ridge and Katie at this point.

MICHAEL:

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What is Katie’s relationship with Bill at this point?  Has she truly moved on from him, once and for all?

HEATHER:

Bill is the father of Katie’s child, and Katie and Bill have a relationship where there is always going to be a connection there.  I think at this point she has moved on.  But it’s daytime, and the wind can blow and I never close a door.  No offense, Thorsten (Laughs)!  You’ve got to keep your options open! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What did you think of the mini-story beat when Bill showed Brooke what was supposed to be damning photo evidence that Ridge was away in Europe having an affair with a younger man?  All of a sudden that story point was dropped!

THORSTEN:

I thought the same thing.  I was surprised, because it just didn’t go anywhere.

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HEATHER:

It was a quick moment!

THORSTEN:

It always is with me, (laughs) but there are a lot of bubbles in the show and that doesn’t necessarily go with anything, but they are always very interesting.  I personally felt we could have kept going with that longer.  Why else would you go there?

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, what do you see as the main difference in the way B&B works, and their overall story development compared to other soaps?

THORSTEN:

I think at B&B, there is a difference from other soaps where the overall story arc is quicker.  However, at the end of the day, you try to tell good story, and if it’s a little faster and tells good story … then it’s a little faster.

MICHAEL:

Where do you both want the love story to go between Ridge and Katie?

HEATHER:

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I would like to see them drag this out as long as they can! (Laughs)  I think there is a lot of story to tell, and a lot of history with the four characters.  It would be a shame if they didn’t play upon that.  I think the whole insta-wedding was a little silly.  But, I think it is daytime.

THORSTEN:

Whether it’s daytime or nighttime, not all daytime is the same.  But, if on this canvas you are marrying someone, somewhere your character has to make a choice, a real choice that makes sense to them.

HEATHER:

But you have to understand, when you make that choice, this is one thing I don’t like and I always try to play it …  and that is: When you make a choice it does not slam the door on something else.  In the audience, there are a whole group of people that want to root for Katie and Ridge.  There are a whole group of people that want to root for the other couple.  Right now, I think we are in the lead, but I think you have to keep that alive, and then down the road, hopefully not two weeks down the road, but down the road, you explore how that comes back around.  That is just the nature of what we do in daytime soaps.

THORSTEN:

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But as a five-time Daytime Emmy winner (Laughs) … the commitment has to be a real commitment to what you are playing now, and the door is behind you, and you don’t necessarily know you are doing that.

HEATHER:

Yes, but the moments that you play are the unexpected moments in the scene, where all of a sudden you are done with this person, but you have a moment of, “Oh, that’s the person I fell in love with all these years ago.”   And then, you can still be in love with the person you are with right now.

THORSTEN:

And that’s why she has won Emmys and I haven’t!  Now we know! (Laughs)  Yes, I agree with you, but if that happens let’s say in three days, it doesn’t make a huge amount of sense.  If it happens in three weeks, or months, it’s a little easier.  See, for me, I did not get the set-up at first of Ridge with Brooke and then Katie, because one came after the other.  But now I understand it.

MICHAEL:

Glad we got that settled! (Laughs) Thorsten, I have always loved your work.  Do you feel a sense of confidence now in the role of Ridge?  It is very difficult to come in and takeover a role that is so identifiable with another beloved actor for 25 years and to make it your own.  However, from all accounts, you are putting your own stamp on it.

THORSTEN:

Movie actors get hired because of what they bring to the script.  Daytime actors get hired because of what they have brought to the script before, whatever that may be.   I don’t need to be confident.  I am here.  I got the job.  I just have to be good with the person I am working with, and fly home.  It’s the best having a job like this, but having two kids and being away from them, makes it challenging at times, and changes your life as an actor.

HEATHER:

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Yes, the decisions that you make, they have so much more meaning.  There are sometimes risks that you have to take in this business, because that is just the nature of this business.  Sometimes, you just say it would be safe if I just stay over here.  So having a child does make you need to weigh those choices.

MICHAEL:

You both have children in real life.  What is like playing having a child as your soap characters?  Do your real life experiences help with that?

HEATHER:

Well, my child is my on-screen child!

THORSTEN:

Well, that’s just weird right there! (Laughs)

HEATHER:

Some of my characters on the other soaps I have been on have lost a child, or their baby died. I look back on those storylines now, being a mom in real life and say, “I really underplayed that.”  Someone brought up to me the Delia storyline on Y&R, where the little girl gets killed in a hit and run.  That is so unfathomable to think of that.  I don’t know how I would play that.  Having a child changed everything.

THORSTEN:

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One of the cool things about being an actor is the more you do it, the better you get.  And as an actor, the experiences you bring with you over the years … that is what makes you better.

MICHAEL:

OK, moment of truth.  Time to see what you truly think of your co-star!  Heather, give me three words that best describe working with Thorsten?

HEATHER:

I am trying to think of a good word! (Laughs)  I would say adventurous, exciting, and motivating.

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, your turn!  Three words about working with Heather…

THORSTEN:

I would say, prepared, intelligent, and open.  It’s a good combination between Heather and myself in the scenes we have.  I think they have come out pretty well.

MICHAEL:

Finally, if you were to preview what’s to come for Katie and Ridge, what would you say?

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HEATHER:

Ridge and Katie will be hot and heavy, and my husband James is on the show at the end of the month.  Thorsten was like, “Do I have to kiss you in front of your husband?”  And I say, “Don’t worry. We do that every Saturday night.” (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

I would say as my preview, always listen to Heather!  She has been right “five” times!

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Laurie Payne
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Laurie Payne

I love the chemistry between the both of you! I haven’t been this anxious to see what’s going to happen next for a very long time! Brad Bell made a great choice when selecting Thorsten to play a Ridge. Maybe This role will earn Thorsten a much deserved Emmy!!

ljcmoore
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ljcmoore

Totally agree with Laurie! It’s been a long time since I’ve looked forward to watching such a dynamic couple and I hope it lasts for a long time! Thorsten is a sexy, manly, man’s man breath of fresh air to this character, something Ronn Moss never had!

Gwendolyn /stivall
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Gwendolyn /stivall

Just lost a Bold and Beautiful fan. Story line sucks!!

ljcmoore
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ljcmoore

Bye, bye!! Can’t say we’ll miss you!

Michael
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Michael

Agreed!

BridgeFan forver
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BridgeFan forver

don’t like that story line either

jeffery
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jeffery

Totally contrived romance. They should rename the show AS THE WIND BLOWS.

Sue
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Sue

AGREE!!

ljcmoore
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ljcmoore

What’s wrong with you people?? Just stop watching!

Laura
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Laura

Yep. It’s just not believable and lame to do another incest story. I’m sick of it.

Margaret Harris
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Margaret Harris

I think this storyline is awful. This new Ridge is terrible and ridge and Katie are both hypocrites. Sorry but I have better things to do with my time now and I have watched from the beginning.

ljcmoore
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ljcmoore

To each his own…just stop watching and do those better things with your time!!!

Sue
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Sue

ljcmoore, take it easy, we are here because we want to..if you don’t like what we post maybe you should just leave, let it go , let it go!!!!!

Fran
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Fran

Then Margaret why post? Just go do those important things you do.

Laura
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Laura

I agree. I would rather that they both have romances with others. I mean they said that Decon is coming back. He and Katie could’ve been interesting. This is just so predictable.

mary papcun
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mary papcun

I love the interview they are both great, I hope they stay together because they have great chemistry for sure.

Ann
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Ann

I am familiar with Thorsten as Zach on AMC… which I continue to miss… I’m one of those weirdos who pause during the day and wonder what they are doing in Pine Valley… so I was surprised to see him show up as Ridge however I think he is making his own way in this role and pretty much revamping this character. Altho I see Thorston as a Captain Ahab type with hair blowing while being splashed in the face with sea water I also love him in this role and look forward to him, as Ridge having a long… Read more »

Shirley Strickler
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Shirley Strickler

Great article, love Ridge and Katie❤

J Payton
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J Payton

I love the storyline too, I am so sick of brooke being able to get any man she wants and they all just pine over her and drop like lap dogs at her feet like once they see her they are all mesmerized and can never look at another woman PUHLEEEZE! I love Heather Tom and she is fabulous. and I love Thorsten Kaye I just wish he would comb his hair every once in a while! That said what I love and hate about the storyline is the the hypocrisy of it BUT I get it! I am hoping… Read more »

Fran
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Fran

That would be the end of the soap, and they all go their seperate ways and live happily ever after! Not gonna happen.

Tracey
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Tracey

I hate these two together. They have no chemistry at all. All of their scenes seem forced. The way they had them fall in love in two weeks time is stupid. They have completely changed NuRidge from old Ridge. I understand a new actor takes over a role but to completely change them all at once is not a smart move. HT likes her and TK being together because that means she gets to be the go to girl. As much as I love HT and all the characters she has played, ( all the way back to when she… Read more »

jeffery
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jeffery

Can you imagine Ron’s Ridge with Katie? Never. And I agree about the two week romance. So contrived. There was no inciting incident to make this happen. And for it to happen so quickly after the botched wedding seems preposterous. Plus, I don’t think Thorsten’s Ridge has any chemistry with Katie at all. They’re too alike to go together.

J Payton
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J Payton

No and I love Thorsten Kaye with Heather Tom I think they are great together!

BridgeFan forver
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BridgeFan forver

Just totally agree with you! Brooke and Ridge will end up anyway at some point, they always have and always will

Donna
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Donna

You mean by sleeping through the whole Forester family & then some?? I don’t want Katie to be like KKL EVER!!! Why would anyone want to play the role of a slut for 25 yrs is beyond my comprehension!!!

Fran
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Fran

Its a story. In real life KKL is a true blue person who gives a lot to charitys.

Donna
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Donna

When I wrote my comment I meant to say Brooke the character & not KKL…I stand by what I said about Brooke & 25 yrs playing a SFTV…Thank you for informing me on her character in real life..

ridge and katie
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ridge and katie

Love Ridge and Katie together and so doesn’t millions of people.
Brooke will get hers now!
Hope and Wyatt sickening like Brooke.
Keep ridge and katie together, chemistry is great, and it is real love,
not like brooke running into bed.
Bill and Brooke deserve each other, there both sickening
Thanks for listening!!!!!!!!

nancy
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nancy

love ridge and katie together

jillian
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jillian

Love all the views of Heather’ n Thorsten!!!! Think he is making the part of Ridge his own’ n its Good” n Heather is Great” Soon You will think Thorsten was there with Heather Always” He Is A Great Actor!!!! Did love Ronn Moss” still do’ But Had View Thorsten Before’ On All My Children When Made time for it’ or set up DVR’ I’ Write For Celebreties n Update for Soaps as well’- Besides a Fan” Enjoyed n Will share with New Jersey/New York Fans’ Later’ Jillian

B&B Fan
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B&B Fan

Kridge sucks. Funny Heather thinks the inst- Bridge wedding was Silly. But her character Katie falling for Ridge after one day in the Park wasn’t silly? Kridge won’t last since they had nothing in common but fake poetry. They both turning to each other because BROOKE Hurt them Period. Once Katie tries to change Ridge he leave her too. Or he get fed up with her Poor Me Whining crap.

mary papcun
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mary papcun

I love kridge it’s the best. All that you said is wrong .

mary papcun
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mary papcun

That’s not nice to say, Katie and ridge have great chemistry.

Trish
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Trish

I really, really love Katie and Ridge together! I hope they (writers, producers or whoever makes the choice) keep them together? Oh and by the way, I think Thorston Kaye is AWESOME he is a much better actor and much much much better looking than Ron Moss in my opinion!

Peggie
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Peggie

Have loved Thorston Kaye from the beginning. Ron Moss was just so boring. Glad they brought on a new Ridge, because I could never picture Heather Tom with Ron Moss!!!! Let’s hope the powers that be keep them together. Love that Brooke is geting what she deserves.

bevvy
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bevvy

love thorsten kaye and ht together, he is so much more handsome and talented than ronn, plus the brooke ridge storyline is so old and done, please dont go there again, i wanna keep ht and tk together

trudy
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trudy

Love this storyline TK has always been my favorite on AMC , now with Heather they have so much natural chemistry you can almost see the steam, TK and Brooke is not a good fit, absolutely no chemistry. Let’s hope Bell keep you guys as the new power couple.

mary papcun
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mary papcun

people that talk bad of heather and Thorsten are jealous. its not nice to call anybody names even if you don’t like them. the people that do it must have a bad life. I love Katie and ride they have the best chemistry. so stop it already be nice

BJ
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BJ

Kringe blows. Lost a fan of B&B since day 1.

B&B Fan
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B&B Fan

I totally Disagree with this statement.
” A red hot new duo is emerging as one of the most popular on-screen couples in recent years on The Bold and the Beautiful!”

Red hot my A–. LOL! The most popular couple will always be Bridge. Kridge can’t even hold a candle to Bridge.
Also Steffy & Liam were better so is Hope & Wyatt. Kridge will never be on the same playing field. Kridge was too rush & came together because of their hurt egos. Because Brooke hurt them both too.

Kristi
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Kristi

Thorsten and Heather seem like they have a nice, professional relationship, but I don’t see an overabundance of chemistry, and the couple is boring, not to mention contrived. They fell in love over a couple of weeks of whining about their exes? Not exactly the stuff great romances are built on. Sorry, but there’s nothing “red hot” about them, and if the writers want me to believe there is, they’re going to have to do a lot more than a poem or two and a walk in the park. Not buying it.

Tammy
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Tammy

Thank you that is what im saying and thinking,just to crazy everything is all over the place.

mary papcun
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mary papcun

The best chemistry , Its not only hot its beautiful

Patty
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Patty

If Bell thinks that we are going to continue watching if Ridge marries Brooke in the Mid-East, he is in for a rude awakening ! The whole story line of Ridge being worried about Bill becoming RJ’s stepdad is beyond ridiculous !!!! RJ spends most of his life in a boarding school. If Ridge would sue for custody, I am sure that he would win. The ratings are soaring because of Katie and Ridge’s love story and less Brooke and Bill. Now, if we could just send Aly and Liam to Paris !!!

Cyberologist
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Cyberologist

Don’t ship couples I give less than a rat’ tutu about these silly squish names. I watch soaps for the acting and stories

I like Heather and Thorsten’ acting off each other and think they have mad chemistry…soaps aren’t a Harlequin romance so it is what it is…and BB is known for their musical chair pairings that are almost incestuous for lack of a better word.

I came back in the show to watch this story because of these two actors and I find that their story interest me.

Tricia
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Tricia

Well said! I agree with your opinion. Great acting, great chemistry – keeps us wanting more!

Gina
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Gina

I love Katie and Ridge together. Amazing couple with chemistry off the charts! They brought a new excitment to BB.

Margriet
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Margriet

I love these two together finaly some good acting and great romance they are hot together and have such chemistry. This show is an fire right now with better storylines.

sporrester
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sporrester

bring on TRidge vs. Kridge after Bridge is done for good. and please let brooke be alone without a man. Quinn and Bill should become a couple.

chuck
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chuck

Great idea for Bill the Satyr to go after Quinn; maybe he’ll fill her up

Glinda
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Glinda

bill and quinn are ‘hawt’ .. they bring a dimension to each other nobody else can bring out .. they understand and know each other .. quinn is really bill’s ideal .. she does love him plus he is her baby daddy .. she has that something with bill that brooke simply does not have .. no disrespect to thorsten kaye .. people fail to see they have shaved off almost 15 years off ridge’s character .. this would make him more age appropriate for katie .. ridge and katie just make me sick .. what brooke needs to do… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

Hee I love the comments from the bitter Bill/Brooke fans lol

How are they hypocrites? Both were single when they got together, and were upfront, and unlike Brill they didn’t blame everyone else under the sun for being together

B&B Fan
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B&B Fan

Katie is still married to Bill and Ridge is still engaged to Brooke so Kridge are hypocrites. Ridge told Katie he loves her while STILL engaged to Brooke. Katie telling another man she loves him even though her divorce not final yet. But they get free passes.

sporrester
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sporrester

go and watch the show before you post: the Kill marriage is over and bridge aren´t together since ridge left her on the honeymoon because she still was liying like always instead of telling ridge about deacons text messages! and the fact, they never made the marriage official on the court, they were as NO married couple on honeymoon. so ridge is free and SINGLE and katie is free and SINGLE!

Fran
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Fran

Angela Do your homework!!!

Finn
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Finn

HT and TK are absolutely marvelous together! A fresh, new breath of air for BB.

Tracy
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Tracy

GREAT INTERVIEW. I Absolutely love Thorsten and Heather. Great pairing. I haven’t been this excited about BOLD for a long time. Bring on the drama.

Michelle
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Michelle

The acting of HT and TK together is superb. Love this storyline and love Kridge. Think they are the next super couple and hope Brad bell will keep this going for a long time. Not every couple has to have an affair or get divorced. There are so many things that they could explore as a couple together that would bring tension and rifts to pull them apart and bring them back together again to make them stronger. This show needs a steadfast couple – think Kridge is it.

Maria
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Maria

I love Katie and Ridge together, I hope they keep this story line going, finally something solid for once!

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

I’m a big fan of TK, and I wish he’d been cast as a different character. I noticed that TK did not say one complimentary thing about the writing, and he hasn’t done so in any interview I’ve read. He may be having fun, he may enjoy working with HT, and I’m guessing his paycheck doesn’t bounce, but I haven’t heard him praise Brad Bell as a writer or the scripts in general. That’s where I’m at, too. This couple happened too quickly and not organically. Right now Ridge is standing around as two women deal with their issues going… Read more »

mk
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mk

I totally agree with you. That’s what I took from the interview as well. Hopefully, TK will have another job offer (preferably closer to home and his family) and get himself away from this mess of a soap.

james jones
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james jones

i love these 2 together , they make the brooke and hope show watchable, kkl glory days are behind her its bad enough brooke ruined bill and his fan dropped, its time to back burn brooke , dont get me statred on hope who killed the ratings 18 34 women

Jaska
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Jaska

Ridge and Katie together is a stroke of brilliance! The audience has grown weary of the revolving door of Ridge/Brooke…so I hope that, beyond caring for one another as co-parents, the “Bridge” has finally been burned. I love the respect that TK and HT obviously have for one another, and that they both said they’re having fun working together and want it to last.

Deborah Chavis
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Deborah Chavis

Love the new Ridge!!! The old Ridge thought he was everything! Love new Ridge and Katie together! They will do great things together. They deserve to be with someone they can trust. I’m excited about their future! Brooke has been around with all the men. She will run back to Bill, they deserve each other.

Glinda
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Glinda

keep bill with quinn .. they’re the new ‘hawt’ .. let brooke be alone for now ..

Fran
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Fran

I love the new Ridge always thought there was something strange about Ron Moss. He was always in a scarf or a little hat/tam. He was just to female for Ridge. This one has it down pack.

mary papcun
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mary papcun

They are a hot couple the that is saying it because they are. Jealous. The only thing l agree is Brooke and the real ridge were a hot couple it’s over when he left .I love Heather Tom and and the new ridge even if I didn’t like a actor I wouldn’t talk bad the one talking bad is the one that is mad at the world and is unhappy and has to pick on them you should look in the mirror to see the real you not a good person

Robin
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Robin

Opinions on “Kridge” (lol) certainly heated. Gr8 article Michael!

Thought casting of Thorsten Kaye so interesting. Was curious as clearly nuRidge & Brooke didn’t have immediate chemistry. Yes, this new couple would never have worked with Ron Moss playing the part (remember Bridget & Ridge–ew), but with Thorsten taking over role I’m buying it. Can’t say I see super or hot chemistry with he and Heather Tom, but am interested and open to pairing. Only possible cuz of drastic casting change.

I love Brooke. Loved her with old Ridge and Nic/ (still wish they’d bring old Nick back w/ Bridget!). 🙂

Pav
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Pav

Out of 40 replies, 26 are pro TK and HT. 12 are anti, and the rest are more or less neutral. Works for me. And the people who say they will stop or have stopped watching are most probably fibbing. Why take the time to read an interview, and post about it if the show isn’t your cuppa anymore?

shirleyb
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shirleyb

what did the other two people say?

Reya ( Robin ) Thomley
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Reya ( Robin ) Thomley

Well I am Getting use to the ideal of Ridge and Katie, Just hope they make it, show that the sanctity of a marriage is not to be taken lightly: let them be that couple. that is how I see Katie and I feel that is what Ridge has been looking for all these years and he has now found it.. and I pray they do not bring Taylor back, cant stand her..

Patricia lynn Mitchell
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Patricia lynn Mitchell

I agree 100% I believe this is exactly what Katie and Ridge both need at this time in their life!!

Fran
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Fran

Taylor comes back in April or May!

Donica
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Donica

As a new fan loving loving Katie and Ridge. i never got into Bold and Beautiful always preferred Young and Restless but boy Adding TK as a mature Ridge and giving Katie a back bone has won me and a bunch of fans over. I watch daily for them. I adore TK as Ridge. I always felt Ridge was a wuss and what real man would be with Brooke. TK has embodied what Ridge should have been all along. No disrespect to RM but never got that Ridge. So please BELL do right by them. They already have a huge… Read more »

BoomBaby
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BoomBaby

I am LOVING this pairing, and B&B is on fire because of it! Rock on with your bad selves, Ridge and Katie…forget about Brooke and her poor wittle hurt feelings, and just go be happy! Great interview, Michael!!

Danielle
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Danielle

The couple I’m following are the two shows I’d rather watch over The Bold and the Beautiful. I’m not a Brill fan and I’m certainly not a Kridge fan. To love Kridge is to embrace hypocrisy which is what these two are all about. It’s way too much. Both consider themselves more important than anyone else. And I thought Bill was bad in that department.

Glinda
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Glinda

same here .. never like ‘brill’ and certainly can’t stand ‘kridge’ .. they shaved off many years to make ridge age appropriate because somehow a 60 year old ridge would not work as well as a 48 year old apparently does .. this is age reversal .. they send kids to switzerland and the kids come back full grown, not the adults .. i think everyone caters to katie far too much and karma justice is brooke giving bill all the paperwork back, bitchslapping katie and building her own life without ridge or bill .. bill needs to stay with… Read more »

Fran
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Fran

I agree completely!! Donna & Brook have been babying Katie her whole life. Time for her to get a rude awaking when Ridge go back to Brook!

Meself
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Meself

Brooke has been babying Katie her whole life coz she’s the baby, but only between numerous affairs and having babies with anyone but her present husband. They are not hypocrites because both were single when they got together and why has Brooke still got the paperwork anyway? She is the one who needs the slap. So much for trying to make up for her terrible mistake. I love the new Ridge, much better actor and more real, no offence to Ronn but I always found him a bit ‘wooden’.

Patricia lynn Mitchell
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Patricia lynn Mitchell

I am Loving this!! I for sure feel the chemistry between the two and it comes from a deep respect for each other but at the same time its very passionate!! Love the scenes where Katie and Brooke go at it…….I believe Brooke has meet her match!! I can see why Heather has won so many acting awards!! Brooke is a awesome actress too!!

Janice
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Janice

These two together are brilliant together on and off the set. I haven’t had a favorite couple in a long time but Ridge and Katie are it now. Fantastic chemistry and great new storyline for them. After so many years of failed marriages, affairs and betrayals it is about time that the toxic couple Bridge ended for good. Here is to many more months, hopefully years of Kridge.

Fran
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Fran

But who’s to say its over for good with Ridge & Brook? A happy couple in a soap can’t last too long or people get bored with them. I like Katie but her constant whining about how she always sat in the window looking out at Brook & Donna. All her sickness or fake crap at the wedding gets boring. Sick or not sick she did push Brook & Bill together, then decided she wanted him back then tried to change him with his drinking. Rick is right, Ridge wants perfection & would go back to Brook just to find… Read more »

Jenny K.
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Jenny K.

So people that don’t care for Ridge and Katie are jealous haters and liars, but those that love them are “right”? Can’t someone have a negative opinion of the couple (NOT of the actors, since no one has bashed either of them) without being jealous or a liar? Is it perhaps possible to like TK and/or HT and just not think they have any particularly special chemistry, or like them but not the story that brought their characters together? How about we just enjoy them (or not) while we have the chance and not take it so personally and nitpick… Read more »

dan Demianiw
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dan Demianiw

writer,
Aly needs Medical help. This because of Taylor who killed her mother with
a car wild she was drink!!! You writers should have left TAYLOR DEAD.

Glinda
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Glinda

i agree with that one .. aly also needs to inform eric what happened .. after all, it is his company .. hope is not a forrester and has no reason to keep this secret .. rick and pam need to let this out as well as true family members .. pro team aly .. she’s a lovely young lady who does need help .. we wanted her on the show for so long .. i think thorne has suffered enough .. let’s keep it going with aly ..

Donna-Lee
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Donna-Lee

I love Ridge and Katie, they are a breath of fresh air in a decaying soap. This soap is used to prop up Brooke and Hope and Rick. Story lines have become so substandard. The writers treat their audience as dumb and do not respect us for watching for 25 years. This soap has not made sense for a long while, so Stephanie left, Ridge got sacked and very few of the actors get any airtime. It’s the Hope and Brooke show, and everyone else is used to try to make them look good. But something happen, great actresses who… Read more »

Tammy
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Tammy

The story line to me is about every one sleeping with each other husband,stealing and craziness.Katie should not have fallen for ridge it was to fast plus he slept with her sister so she have no respect for herself either.Maybe they could have brought someone else in or let her be single for a while.Just as quick as they so called fell in love they can fall out.i think she is wrong.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

DAYS has more style and substance!!!

tracy
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tracy

I agree Days is good and so is GH. GH is number 2 in 18 to 49 demographics with days number 3. B&B is dead last.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

DAYS is good now but for me, B&B is more exciting. Between HOTT and KRIDGE, it’s must see TV. EJabby on Days was good too but it ended to prop EJami again. Who wants to see a forced couple based on rape and violence, or the boring Dannifer, when the writers at B&B are FINALLY getting it right? There are only 2 rootable couples on DOOL: WilSon and Magic (who are barely on anymore). I’m not a huge fan of Brill, but maybe that will change now that Katie won Ridge from Brooke.

Laurie
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Laurie

To those fans who don’t like it, stop watching. I’m sure there are more AMC viewers watching that will replace them. If everything is so horrible and sucks, then why did BB have the best ratings since 2007?? You can’t replace an actor with someone just like them, it doesn’t happen. When Jacob Young came back to play Rick, I hated it….Could you imagine Rick having an affair with Steffy if Jacob was the actor? I don’t think so…

Nauntieann
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Nauntieann

I can’t wait to see Bill get his Company back.I hate Kridge. I would like to see Brill again. But Kridge makes me sick.

lizzy
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lizzy

Didn’t we just find out that the ratings were great for Feb.? Why do you think that is? T K & H T !!!! Ridge and Brook would have just been the same ole same ole. I love Ridge and Katie together. I want to keep them together for as long as possible. AS FOR THE LEGAL PAPERS. . . Ridge would go back with Brooke to keep her from taking everything away from Katie or maybe he could just get the papers that Katie signed away from Brooke. Someone has to because we know Brooke will use them.

Debbie
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Debbie

Brooke is just the low-life to do it too! She should have burned those papers.

mary papcun
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mary papcun

The ratings are great with Katie and ridge, people like to put them down because they are jealous everyone on the show are doing a great job

Pam Wood
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Pam Wood

I absolutely love Ridge and Katie together. Thorsten is so sexy and I do agree that Ronn Moss and Katie would have not gone together. Like Katie said he wears a scarf and Thorsten is just so manly. I work and DVR the show every day and now can’t wait to get home to watch it!! Keep up the good work!!

Sharon
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Sharon

I luv the new Ridge and the story line is great with Katie…..
move on from the story line with Aly – please enough – B & B must be desperate for this storyline. I flip the channel when Aly story line comes on. Luv Ridge though.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree-I find Aly to be a whiny little brat! The actress is great but I hate the character.

Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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GH Co-Head Writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’ Connor Interview – “Soapmakers of the Year” Honors 2020

In a year which saw production of your favorite soaps shutdown for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone in daytime had to pivot.  As original episodes aired, they eventually ran out, giving way to rebroadcasts, while the audience eagerly awaited the return of the current stories.

At General Hospital, once production resumed over the summer, head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’ Connor had teed-up: surprising homecomings (Dante, Britt) shocking twists and revelations, the conclusion of what will become an all-time soap classic, the Alzheimer’s storyline, dipping into the rich 57-year history of the iconic soap to tie story to the present (Laura, Cyrus, Martin), and crafting stories for its A-list cast which gave 2020 some of its finest on-screen moments.  GH became can’t-miss television again, coming back even stronger than its pre-pandemic self; which also kicked the year off in high-style with the reveal of Nikolas to his family, alive and well, and the long-awaited truth about baby Wiley.

Chris and Dan’s depiction of Mike’s heartbreaking battle with Alzheimer’s gave viewers many tears through its unrelenting and realistic storytelling, plus their commitment to air the standalone episode to honor the passing of the 19th amendment of the women’s right to vote in November.  Both were noteworthy, and illustrated what daytime can do best.

 

Each year, Michael Fairman TV gives our highest honor to a creative or creatives who most delivered to its audience and whose quality of work continues to keep us engaged, on the edge of our seats, or reaching for the hankies. That is why this year’s Soapmkers of the Year honor goes to GH scribes: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor.  Shortly after receiving their acknowledgement, the duo spoke to us about some of the 2020 highlights in Port Charles, and how they work so well together to bring their stories to life.  Here’s what they shared.

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First, and foremost, I want to commend you for the Alzheimer’s storyline  As I’ve shared publicly, my mother died of Alzheimer’s, and I have seen the progression of this disease and the effects it has on a family and loved ones, and the person afflicted with it.  You did a beautiful job of telling every beat of the story within the context of what you could do within a soap opera.  What can you tell me about crafting that and seeing it through to the end?  You never abandoned the story, which at times, can happen on daytime.

CHRISNo, we didn’t abandon it.  Soap operas have a power that I am sure we have acknowledged before, to allow audiences to really get to know characters in a deeper and more profound way than I think most other mediums do.  We get to see characters’ lives day in and day out.  For us to tell a story about Alzheimer’s, which is a disease that is devastating in so many ways, not the least of which is the fact that it can take years to develop and years to finally claim a life, we felt that among our audience, there had to be many people who had experienced this in an up-close and personal way.  So that to tell the story too expeditiously would really deny their experience and would take away from their appreciation of the show as a reflection of reality.  Of course, soap operas don’t do that in every sense on every episode, but when you’re telling a story about a disease that people experience every day, you have an obligation to reflect the real-world experience.  So, by bringing it to a close too fast and by doing it in a way that didn’t honor what at times is the horror of the disease, felt like it would be a cop-out.  We wanted to do our best within the constrictions of the medium to depict that; while at the same time, of course, not wanting to leave people so depressed as to not want to tune back in.  It was a really delicate dance.  We are very grateful to have had the support of the network and Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, GH) ingenious production team as well as a great repertory of actors who were willing and able to give their all to this story.

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Maurice Benard (Sonny) did some of his finest work of his career in this story, and you gave him the ball to do it, and Max Gail (Mike) was amazing.  Two standout episodes included: when Mike passed and was taken to heaven by Courtney (Alicia Leigh Willis) and Mike’s funeral episode.  Did you realize when you were writing it, the impact it would have on the audience?

DANAs for the funeral, I’d say that we knew as we were writing it that not only did we want to give the characters and the audience a chance to say goodbye to Mike, but we also wanted to give the performers a chance to say a goodbye to their relationship with the actor, Max Gail as well.  Max is a fantastic, phenomenal actor, and he formed close relationships with many of our performers.  So, when we wrote the episode, yes, we did want to give the audience a chance to say goodbye to the character, but we also knew that because of the close relationships that these performers have made with each other that the actors were going to bring their all, and it was going to provide the audience with some powerhouse performances.

Did you get emotional seeing it? 

CHRIS:  Oh, personally, I cried.

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I know you both love and appreciate the soap genre and understand that the audience often wants a good cry and is invested in these characters.  So because of that; what’s it like for you when you see these emotional moments play out that start in your mind, go to the page, then to the stage, and now are out in the world for people to see and experience?

CHRIS:  I can’t speak for any of the other writers, but I’m not crying when I’m writing it, but I’m crying when I see it realized and how the actors, and the producers, and the directors realize it.  I personally am always surprised by the nuance and the beats that they find that we, in our first draft kind-of-lifestyle that we have as soap opera writers; where we are writing six or seven episodes per week, we don’t have the time or the luxury to really sit with an episode and mine it for every single beat and every emotion. That’s why we have great directors and great actors who take these scripts and find these extra moments.  So, it is really gratifying to watch – yes, to see something that we’ve imagined be produced and personified, but then to see how the production then takes it in other directions, that’s the best.  I think that’s the most gratifying part of writing for a show, not seeing what you’ve written produced, but seeing how it was parented into life.  When you have a baby, I think you have all sorts of ideas about what the baby will be, and then the baby becomes something else as the result of its environment and of the people who are influencing and guiding it along and that may be a bit of a stretched metaphor, but it kind of feels relative.

As co-head writers of General Hospital, how do you work together to come up with long-term story?  What is your process?

DAN:  Chris and I will meet regularly and discuss the long-term stories that we are telling, and plan to tell, and maybe some adjustments that we have to make along the way.  We get to meet with our writers several days every week as we figure out the best way to tell that story in the form of however many episodes we write a week.  Chris and I also write episodes along with our great breakdown script team, and every week we figure out the best way to either stay on the path of the story we are intending to tell, or find new opportunities or new twists and turns we can take along the way.

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Do you get into friendly, creative disagreements? Is one of you more protective of a certain character than the other? 

DAN:  Chris and I have known each other for close to 15 years at this point, and we are not just colleagues, we are also friends.  There is a certain amount of shorthand that we have with each other which is just invaluable in telling story.  What’s great is that we sometimes come at the story from different angles or we have a different point of view, much like any two fans of the show wouldn’t agree on necessarily everything, but in our discussions about the show’s needs, wants, and haves, and the story trajectory, we ultimately get somewhere better than where either of us could have come up with on our own.  At the same time, there are those moments where we both come to the same idea at the same moment, and that’s definitely when we go, “Okay, we’re onto something good.”

CHRIS:  I can add as a partial translation that I can get really snippy, and Dan has the patience of a saint.  So, often times, I need 24 hours to go away, and sleep on something, and wake up, and say, “Oh Dan, you were totally right about that.  I’m so sorry I was snippy the other day,” and he doesn’t seem to hold it against me.

Do you ever get a writer’s block; as has to happen often with scribes in the unrelenting medium of daytime drama, and if so, I would think having a writing partner would be an asset during those times?

DAN:  I think it’s the nature of the beast.  At a certain point, you might hit a roadblock somewhere, but that’s why having a partner is so valuable that there is somebody else that you can bounce ideas along with, and just as, if not more importantly, our team of writers are always there to sometimes give us even better ideas than what we would have come up with on our own.

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This year you utilized and delved back into a lot of GH history.  How did the idea come about to bring back the character of Jackie Templeton and have former All My Children and NYPD Blue favorite, Kim Delaney, take on the role?

DAN:  Jackie Templeton is a character who has been an Easter egg on the show for many years now.  Whenever we needed to namedrop a famous journalist, she was always our go-to.  It always felt like the character was in the ether of Port Charles for awhile, and we were excited to bring this take-no-prisoners character back and explore her history with Robert (Tristan Rogers), and at the same time, we were finally teed up to tell the story of Finn’s (Michael Easton) falling out with his father and step-mother, and we realized we had a great opportunity to have the character serve both stories and collide with not just Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn, but Robert as well. Those three played wonderfully with each other. When we heard that Kim Delaney was interested in playing with us, we were just over the moon.  .

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You have also been delving back into Laura’s childhood past and her history. I love that you brought up the death of David Hamilton and her teenage years, which hasn’t been discussed for a very long time on the show while tying it into the present.

DAN:  We were always aware of the story just because we love General Hospital and we love the character of Laura, and there is nothing else like daytime drama, and one of the great things about it is that you can reach decades into the past and expand on stories and themes that the audience actually witnessed. Long reaching history is a tool in our toolbox that not many other series have.  Chris and I love honoring and using our characters’ histories to propel the show into the future with some serious momentum.

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You created and brought the character of  Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) on to the canvas. Was it originally a case of, “We need an uber-villain to come and shake things up,” and then you decided to connect him to Laura?  It’s been an intriguing shocker for viewers.  Jeff is playing the multi-levels of Cyrus with great finesse, and whenever you give Genie something, the fans go nuts, and she, in turn, delivers every time.

CHRIS:  The story of Cyrus has a couple of phases to it.  We wanted to bring on a villain who would not only be an adversary to Sonny, but someone who we could use to really test Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) and Curtis (Donnell Turner), and we knew going in that the first phase of this story would really hit the Corinthos family and also the Ashfords, and as we developed it, we thought about what the act two would be, and we knew that we had an opportunity to really engage Genie Francis and to expand her sphere and expand her footprint on the show, and by connecting her to Cyrus, who is not your typical face or presence for a soap, but is also not your typical person who I think Laura would encounter in her daily life.  So, we knew, as we really developed Cyrus as a villain, that for Laura to find out that this man is her brother, would really allow us to play with Laura in a different context and in a different light and really give Genie a new kind of challenge.

Speaking of Genie, what did you think when you watched back her performance in the episode where you wrote that Laura has to say goodbye to her comatose daughter, Lulu (Emme Rylan), before she was sent off the canvas to a long-term care facility?

CHRIS:  I mean to me, that’s vintage Laura.  I came to General Hospital personally in the late 80s to early 90s, so my experience of Laura really only begins with her, and Luke (Tony Geary), and Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) at the Triple L Diner.  I think that what we’ve gotten to see with Genie is really reflective of the high emotion that she is capable of delivering.  At the same time as the high emotion, you’re also seeing really small human moments that she really breathes a lot of life into.  I can speak for Dan and myself when we say that we are just really thrilled with what she has been able to bring to the screen.  Thrilled, but I guess not surprised.

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Nelle (Chloe Lanier) was such a great interloper and threat throughout the year in story; whether it’s hatching plots to gain custody of baby Wiley, or her “death” scene and confrontations with Carly (Laura Wright).  However, through all of this, when was it decided to make Nina (Cynthia Watros), Nelle’s biological mother?

DAN:  There are very few things that are as exciting on a soap as a character that makes you wonder what they are going to do next, and Chloe and Nelle provided that role with just gusto.  The truth is, the idea that Nelle was Nina’s daughter has been a part of the conception of that character, and over the last few years, the story evolved, and we ultimately got to reveal the truth to the audience.

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As writers, there has to be characters that are just so delicious and treacherous to write for that you have to get a kick out of it! Chloe Lanier is so good that she makes the audience want to slap Nelle when she takes the dialog and then brings it to the screen.  

CHRIS:  It is tremendous fun.  Yes, yes, we love writing for these characters who are willing to do and say anything to get what they want.  We are constrained when writing for characters who have morality.  It takes a moral character a lot of really difficult circumstances for them to make a decision that might go against the grain, but when you have a character like Nelle, who is not shackled by certain societal norms, then you really get to live out the worst impulses that a person could have, and it’s really fun, especially when you take a really great performer like Chloe and see her as Nelle unleash all of the poison that she’s capable of.  At the same time, she can turn on a dime and rip your heart out a little bit when she turns on the water works.

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Ava Jerome’s (Maura West) story this year had her moving into a relationship with Nikolas (Marcus Coloma).  We, the audience, didn’t know how that was going to go – if they were just going to use each other, or ultimately fall in love.  Was that the plan all along … that they would develop deep feelings for each other, or did you want to see how it progressed and played out on-screen, and then make that determination?

CHRIS:  I think that once we saw the chemistry between the two actors, we knew we had gold. So, we wanted to take our time, especially the way that it was constructed.  These were two people who had little use for each other emotionally, and in fact, probably wanted to see one another’s downfall, and that’s what makes it so great to write – that these are people who, in a similar vein as Nelle, don’t live by the same rules as most of the rest of us, and therefore, they might do things to each other that the rest of us would not do to anyone let alone whether we like them or not.  That’s what makes Ava and Nikolas so delicious is that from one moment to the next, you don’t know if they’re going to hatch a plot against each other or fall into bed and ravish each other. That’s what I think we hope to continue to play as we go forward because they certainly have very strong, passionate feelings for one another.  When you’re talking about Ava and Nikolas, these are two people who do not have a lot of fans necessarily in Port Charles, and there are a lot of people who don’t necessarily want to see them achieve happily ever after.  Knowing that there was so much initial mistrust and suspicion between the two of them could really provide the foundation for their own undoing or their undoing from someone who does not want to see them happy.

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Back in November, GH made good use of a standalone episode spotlighting the history of the women’s right to vote and the suffrage movement; just as the presidential election was happening.  What made you decide to write this special show, and how do you feel it turned out as it also spotlighted the female cast?

CHRIS:  We had long intended to honor the one hundred years of American women’s suffrage with a special episode to air on the anniversary of the 19th amendment’s passage, but we missed the date due to the pause in production.  We realized we had a second chance as the election neared.  Going forward was a no-brainer. The biggest challenge was in distilling such an epic story into one episode. We think ABC would do well to consider a spinoff: “Port Charles, 1920”

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You have such a powerhouse cast to write for.  It’s loaded.  It’s got to be a challenge for you to construct the story for GH when you’ve got to front burner people and back burner people, and then you’ve got these huge daytime stars all in one show.

DAN:  It’s an embarrassment of riches to have a cast as talented as we do quite frankly.  We are fortunate enough that we know that we have these amazing performers that we can trust with whatever stories that we throw their way.

CHRIS:  I will say that we do have a great cast.  They’re all wonderful, and when you have a show that is only approximately 35 minutes of airtime on any day, it’s a real balancing act to make sure that everybody gets a story that really is worthy of their talents, and we’ve got one for everybody.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of which story takes precedence in which moment, which is why occasionally some characters aren’t featured on a daily basis, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be.  If you were to ask me, “Who are the standouts?”  I would say all of them.  You saw this year: Maurice Benard, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Maura West, Genie Francis, and Laura Wright (Carly) to name but just a few.  They’ve all done such fantastic work, and we can’t wait to give them more material to give them more moments to shine.

DAN:  A priority of ours is every week, we meet up and look (well, it’s virtual now during Covid-19) at the big board of our cast photos and we go through each character and always make sure that they have some story percolating even if it’s not on the air at the moment.

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As we close out 2020, and look forward to 2021, any parting thoughts, and perhaps a tease of what GH fans can look forward to in the New Year?

CHRIS:  In general, I would just say that despite all of the challenges of the year, we are really grateful to our cast and the crew back in Los Angeles for realizing and improving the show that we imagined, and we are so excited for everything that is coming in 2021.  We hope to continue to throw a lot of surprises at the audience, and at the same time give them a lot of moments and stories of heart and love and excitement.

So, what did you think of the year in story on General Hospital in 2020? Share your thoughts on Chris and Dan’s comments and their year-end honors via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stephen Nichols and Lucas Adams Talk Salem Longevity, Tripp’s Predicament and Their Co-Stars

Days of our Lives stars Stephen Nichols (Steve “Patch” Johnson) and his on-screen son, Lucas Adams (Tripp Dalton) are in the middle of plenty of drama on the long-running NBC daytime drama, which recently celebrated its 55th anniversary in November and its 14,000 episode milestone in December.

In a new chat with Michael Fairman on the Michael Fairman Channel, Stephen reveals his surprise at still being with the iconic show. while Lucas talks about how his first run on DAYS came to an abrupt end, but now he is deep in-story involving Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and the brother he is yet-to-know he has, Charlie (Mike Manning), who is Allie’s actual rapist.

Both Stephen and Lucas discuss having the opportunity to work with Daytime Emmy winner Tamara Braun (Ava) again, as well as James Lastovic (Joey) in recently aired scenes. In story, Ava has returned back-from-the-dead and realizes she has major trouble brewing with her two sons, Tripp and Charlie.  How will it all play itself out?

 

Check out what Stephen and Lucas shared below.  Then, be on the lookout beginning this week, as Steve and John (Drake Hogestyn) work together to figure out who is responsible for Allie’s rape and just who is the biological father to her child, when it is not Tripp!

Share your thoughts on the sentiments shared by Stephen and Lucas in the interview via the comment section.

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