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THIS WEEK ON GH: Chillers, Thrillers, And One Wicked Watercooler Worthy Wedding!

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It’s Halloween week 2014, and all roads to “fright night” lead to ABC’s General Hospital!

For weeks, the stories have been building, and the pieces have been placed, for major plot points to unfold causing havoc and repercussions for most of the citizens of Port Charles! First, there is Nina (Michelle Stafford) and Madeline (Donna Mills) who are scheming to take Ava’s  (Maura West) baby from her!  How will they do it?  Will they succeed?  Just how diabolical and twisted will their plot get? And,will the audience actually feel empathy for Ava in all of this?

Next, Franco (Roger Howarth) is out for revenge on Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) knowing that his bride-to-be cheated with her ex-hubby on more than one occasion! And, Franco knows that it was Sonny who killed Michael’s (Chad Duell) bio-father AJ Quartermaine! Will Michael finally learn all?

Additionally in the promo, Sam (Kelly Monaco) is seen reading a file and shocked at what she finds out! What is she discovering? How does this figure in to the equation?  Is it news about Jason (Billy Miller) … or Fluke (Tony Geary)?

Watch the GH Halloween spooktacular week promo after the jump! Then, let us know how you think these several storylines will play out in the days ahead … and, which are you looking forward to seeing the most?

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lisa
lisa

Can’t see the promo in Canada 🙁

Justin
Justin

Yes lisa, you are right. I live in Vancouver Bc, Canada and cannot see the promo. That is really a bummer.

Melissa
Melissa

I already feel empathy for Ava. You know why? Because Maura is a fabulous actress and manages to make Ava sympathetic to me in spite of her misdeeds. Kudos to Maura!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

I agree maura is such a great actress..you going from loving her to loathing her to feeling sympathetic. She shines with Morgan in storyline they have amazing chemistry.

dmr
dmr

I can’t say that I disagree with you! Maura is an unbelievable actress! She brings vulnerability to such a cold-hearted woman-especially in Ava’s scenes with Morgan. Ava seems to have deep regret over hurting him. Nevermind that Maura is gorgeous! I just love her style!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I actually like Ava…UNTIL…I remember she set up AJ on more than one occasion and had a hand in his death. (my loyalty’s always with AJ…LOL…and…not to mention .she was ready to kill Michael.) So it’s quite the conundrum!

If I HAD to make a choice I’m looking forward to Todd…I mean, Franco’s…revenge. I soooooo want Michael to find out!

su0000
su0000

lol goes to show; Ava is very versatile 🙂

when Ava is on screen, I can feel her … great actress!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You mean Maura is versatile, Su. Ava is as versatile as the writers want her to be. ….as every other role any character may play. The only versatility that is characteristically Ava? She’s extraordinarily resourceful.
I read the actor’s/actress’s face. Facial expressions mirror feelings, and Maura West is one of the few whose face tells a story….that is the reason why she is so great at her craft….among Michelle Stafford and Jenn Liley, to name a couple….

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I still believe someone will get injured at the wedding, that Lucas will use his medical knowledge to save that persons life and it’ll convince Lucas to go for a medical position at GH…meanwhile, i believe RC is reworking his OLTL Victor/Todd plotline and that nuJason is really Mason…Jasons unknown twin brother who is programmed by the Cassidines to think he is the real Jason(Robin is convinced he is Jason) and the Cassidine will use Mason/Jason in their sinister plot against several PCs citizens!!!

su0000
su0000

I can’t wait for the Cassadines to return, they are immortal !!!

I am excited for this wedding!!
GH is so unique, gotta love it ..
The actors alone stamp it as awesome!!
… Nina (Michelle Stafford) and Madeline (Donna Mills) Ava (Maura West)
Franco (Roger Howarth) Jason (Billy Miller) F/luke (Tony Geary)
(Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard)
WOW !!!

The wedding will be thrilling, for sure!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I cant wait for the wedding too…

dmr
dmr

su0000, I love all of the actors you listed above-very talented group!
I also love the Cassadines. Miss Victor and his scenes with Liesel and Spencer.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

What if NuJason is really A.J. and not the twin i previously posted?

rebecca1
rebecca1

haha! I actually thought of that too! That would get Sonny off the hook…sorta. But, nahhhhhhh..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

That right…Sonny would be free, and i sooooo much want Micheal to hate him and get his revenge…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

agree jimh. can’t wait!

sabina
sabina

The wedding! I’ve NEVER liked Franco&Carly but this story is thrilling. I just hope they WONT end up married and that we will finally be heading to a Carly&Sonny reunion!

randy
randy

loving everything general in the hospital,,ninas a real kick,,love her and madeline…loving morgan in any scene shirtless,,,ava eats up every scene with that delicious smile that only maura west can deliver,,, billy miller is even bringing life to elizebeth….love love love general hospital…and dam young and restless i gave that show up last year now with the addition of kelly sullivan i have to tune in…..thats the only mistake general hospital has made this last year killing connie/ kate….just wish they would get rid of luke,,,havnt even noticed he was gone,,,maybe time to trade gearys demands and turmn them over to genie francis,,,,everyone still thinks of laura…..one last thing the cassidines without laura mean nothing,,get rid of em,,except nicholas,,,love my britnick…o,k im done

CeeCee
CeeCee

Same here, Randy. …GH is doing its thing…I thought today’s scene with Scotty and Franco sitting in bed together eating strawberries was exceptionally hilarious.

Shay
Shay

Although I have to say, CeeCee, that if I were never to see Scotty in that robe again, it would be toooo soon!

CeeCee
CeeCee

HI !!!!! Shay…..good to hear from you.
Yes, Scotty is not that easy on the eye. I mainly focus on his giant forehead….very distracting….when I see it, everything else seems to fade. That forehead surely takes precedence over all things….LOL

Shay
Shay

Hey Girl!!! Good to hear from you, too! Just wanted to wish you good luck on your imminent return to the classroom….it won’t be the same here without your copious, charm-filled comments to look forward to reading each and every day. Don’t forget about us, and do try to check in now and then….I know you will be super busy—I say after my own week-long+ absence—but I’ll be eagerly anticipating your glittering jewels of colossal wit!!!! Take care!!!! P.S. Um, yeah, Scotty’s expiration date on “stud muffin” status expired many moons ago!

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh girls…stop it! I LOVE Scott! He’s soooo much a part of GH history…and I always find him lovable even when he’s annoying! And I agree; the father/son bonding bed scene, LOL, was tres amuse…ANDDDDDDDD…I don’t think Scott’s bad looking at all…just needs to drop a few but I think he’s held up well.

Was looking at Michael Easton on youtube today…don’t know the year…but he was so incredibly good-looking and had a great body. When he took off his shirt he had ink and muscles. Not quite sure why he lost so much weight…still a looker though.

Hi Shay!!! Yes, was wondering where you were.

Hi CeeCee. Hope your school daze will still allow you to unwind with your soaps and partake in the ring here. 😉

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I just read Shays reply…didnt know you’ll be off for awhile…i too wish you good luck in the classroom…i, unfortunately, will be leaving this site early next year and maybe for good…i need to make some cuts and it looks like im going to start with cable and internet…i was going to cut out food but according to my doctor i need to eat to live…lol…i’m going to stay on here for as long as i can…maybe by New Years things will change …ill keep my fingers crossed…but if not…well, you know the saying ‘All good things must come to an end’…if that happens i might try the computers at the library and check the site out once in awhile but they are usually full…i wont leave here until its definate!!!

Shay
Shay

Hello to you, too, rebecca1!!! Been awol for a bit…thanks for noticing….nothing serious, just too much to do and too little time! I tend to agree that Scott is not necessarily bad looking….he has potential, but it’s his buffoonish, boorish, blowhard behavior that is so off-putting to me, and also the electrified hedgehog coiffure. I just don’t get it….he has a good, full head of hair, he should grow it out more so that his face doesn’t look so full. I also would like him better with a different woman….I found his pairing with Lucy to be insufferable and now that he has “chosen” Bobbie, it’s all I can do to not look away in complete horror at the two of them. Even though I didn’t want to see him with Laura because of their history, he was far more bearable when they were together. As for ME….yep, he was quite the looker back in the day…always unique, and with the coolest vibe. I cannot tell you had many times I saw him on primetime episodes……they never failed to be a treat! I still find him to be very appealing most of the time….again, the hair is the key….when the style is a tad off he can look too gaunt facially, but regardless I do like our Silas!!!! (Great little mini-reunion with Sam, by the way….awwww.)

Ms Mia
Ms Mia

Ron tried the twin brother thing with Franco which wasn’t believable to the fans who know that Susan Moore had one 8lb baby boy back in the 80’s. Unless it is revealed that the detective who called Alan from NYC telling him of Jason’s birth was in on the cover up, I don’t see that happening.

dmr
dmr

What is Carly dressed up as/in? I am interested in seeing the aftermath once the truth is revealed. I am tired of the same conversations between Carly and Sonny. I was watching the scenes where Michael found Sonny in the Quartermaine Crypt and what ridiculous lines-Sonny dreaming of murdering Faison. What father says that to their son? I’ve always been a fan of Maurice’s-since his AMC days and his early days in PC with Brenda, Lois, and Ned. Nowadays, the writers give him the same lines to repeat-which are basically ridiculous-how Carly belongs with him, blah, blah. Seriously, how many women has he said that to? Grew tired of Carly’s obsession with Jason and Sonny a long time ago, too.
I am enjoying watching Donna Mills. Have always loved her. Have grown fond of Michelle Stafford. Always love Dr. O-comedic genius! Love and miss the Q’s.
Nice having a break from Sam.

don holley
don holley

I think Sam finds out that Danny is sick again & this time Julian’s bone marrow won’t be able to save him! Paging Mr. “Jake Doe”! 😉

dmr
dmr

That crossed my mind, too, don holley.

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Real Andrews Returns As Marcus Taggert On General Hospital

Well, well, well! Looks who’s back in Port Charles!  A major surprise occurred during Thursday’s “Next-On-General Hospital” teasers when viewers saw Sonny’s former nemesis Marcus Taggert, and Sonny himself, in a clip from a scene.

Turns out that today on Friday, January 17th look for the return of Real Andrews to his role as Taggert!  Andrews took to his Twitter and Instagram account to confirm the casting news.

Maurice Benard tweeted: He’s Back!!! Bigger and better than ever. On General Hospital. You don’t want to miss it.”

While, Andrews tweeted: “It is going to be a great ride.”

Real played the role of Marcus from 1996-1997 and then again from 1998-2003.   He was last seen on the soaps on Days of our Lives back in 2016 and 2017.

In real life, Benard and Andrews are good friends.

Now the question is, could Taggert’s re-emergence tie in to the new case that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is working on, and somehow the return of Nikolas Cassadine to the canvas?  Years ago, Taggert’s sister, Gia was involved with the dark prince, leaving fans speculating that perhaps Nik and Gia had a daughter, who could turn out to be Trina played by Sydney Mikayla.  Hmmm.

So, give a big “welcome back” to Real as Taggert hits the screen today on GH via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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Sean Kanan, Tristan Rogers & Timothy Woodward Jr. Talk On The Making Of New Digital Drama ‘Studio City’ & Respect For Soaps

Just as we closed out 2019, the world of digital dramas saw the debut of a riveting new show, Studio City.  The series initial season can be binged watched in its entirety on Amazon Prime, which follows the life of Hollywood actor Sam Stevens and the cast of “Hearts on Fire“, America’s number two daytime drama, as they navigate the chaotic world of soap operas and their own messy personal lives.

Studio City was co-created, executive produced, and stars longtime daytime favorite, Sean Kanan (Ex-AJ, General Hospital, Ex-Deacon, B&B).  In it, Kanan plays Sam, who plays a doctor on the soap-within-the show, and whose life off the set provides the back-drop for much of the drama and heart and soul of the series.

Kanan has surrounded himself with quite the acting company which includes: Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH, Julia, ATWT, Madison, DAYS and Agnes, B&B), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Nancy, DAYS and Ex-Shirley, B&B), Scott Turner Schofield (Ex-Nick, B&B) and the one and only, Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH, Colin, Y&R).   In addition, feature film director, Timothy Woodward Jr. (who turns out to be a soap fan and appreciates the genre), is the man behind the camera directing the story and the cast through the ups, downs, laughs and tears of the story in Studio City,

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kanan, Tristan Rogers, and Woodward to find out: how Studio City all came together, what their hopes are for it in the future, and about the tears (those who have watched the series have shed in episode 6) and pivotal moments portrayed by Sean, Tristan, and Patrika Darbo that have helped create a buzz for the show.  Check out what these gents had to share below.

Photo: Studio City

Sean, in the stellar cast are many daytime notables including: Carolyn Hennesy, Sarah Brown, Patrika Darbo and Tristan. Did you reach out to them individually… and tell them what you had cooking with Studio City?

SEAN:  (Laughs) Did I reach out to them?  I had to beg them.  When you do a project like this, nobody is getting rich yet.  This really was a favor and a labor of love.  Patrika and I have really worked on more projects together than I can count.  Carolyn was on my radio show.  There was nobody else I wanted for their parts then Carolyn, Patrika, and Sarah. The idea of Tristan came a little bit later because I had written the character, but the character was actually very different.  He was actually a homeless guy.  He was a guy who had been a doctor and had been strung out on Vicodin, and had had a mishap in the operating room, and lost his license and then became homeless, but he was sort of this homeless sage poet who was giving Sam these bits of wisdom.  Ultimately, through meetings and compromises, it evolved into what it is now, and then, once that happened, I was like, “There’s no reason Tristan can’t play that,” and everyone signed on after a lot of coaxing, but they all did it for me.  I’m so grateful for that because it wouldn’t be what it is without those wonderful people in the series.

TRISTAN:  What happened was he said, “Will you do this part?”  I said, “Yeah.”  Sight unseen.  I figured Sean is an actor with relatively good taste (laughs) so he’s not going to give me a piece of s**t to do.  (Laughs)   Then, he sends me over some copy, and the copy is really good.   So, we set the week up, and that week turned out to be three weeks from hell for me because of my schedule!  I was doing General Hospital.  Then, I had Young and the Restless come in on top of that.  Then, I was doing The Bay, and somewhere in all of this I was doing Studio City.  So, I’m trying to figure out how I am going to do all of this.  In the meantime, Studio City said, “No, we’ve got to do it at a particular time because of the location.  We can’t get it at any other time, but these times…”  I said, “Okay,” and I’m thinking to myself, “God, how the hell am I going to make this work,” because I wanted to do everything, and I didn’t want to have to cancel anything.  I wanted to do it all because all of the projects were so good.  The Young and the Restless project was just an absolute joy to do working with Jess Walton (Jill).  We got Y&R all done in one day   So, I liked that.  After I finished that, was the day I started Studio City, and we were shooting  in a high rise where Sean and his wife Michele were living at the time.  They shot in a vacant apartment next door.  Right away, I was totally impressed with what was going on.  The level of production was really high.  I got the dialogue as I walked on set, and I had to sit down quietly because it was about a page and a half monologue, and I had to think, “Okay, what am I going to do with this guy?  How am I going to play him?”  Timothy Woodward is just fantastic.  He came along, we had a chat together, and he sort of said, “What are you going to do?” and I told him how I was going to play it, and he said, “Okay, go.”  We got it all in one take.  Bang.  I love that.

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SEAN:  There was a lot to do obviously, but we shot Studio City over five days.  We literally shot this at almost a soap opera pace.   I don’t think too many other actors; except for daytime actors could have pulled this off.  So, we were really blessed to have a bunch of pros.

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TIMOTHY: Every one of them were extremely talented in their roles.  Patrika blew my socks off.  Tristan did what he did, I mean, he’s amazing.  Sarah was great.  Carolyn Hennesy was great   I do a lot of feature stuff, and you know, we are shooting only 4 or 5 pages a day.  Sometimes 6.  So, it’s not often that I am handing someone a 7-page scene and saying, “Hey, go,” especially the day before, and they’re nailing it every single time and being able to deliver every single time, and hitting their marks, which makes the editing process so good.  They’re able to do it, especially when you keep the writing grounded on the side of it that’s about behind the show, but it still has dramatic moments.  You’re giving the actors a lot to chew on, but they all performed the material so well.

Tristan, in story, you play Sean and Sarah Brown’s step-father. There is a major scene in episode 6 between Patrika and Sean where Sam learns about his biological father, and then there is a scene with you and Sean in the aftermath of that.

TRISTAN:  Yes, they are my adopted kids.   Sam is going through a low part in his life, and my character has to kind of sit him down and go, “Listen, kid.  You’re a good guy.  Don’t ever be told that you’re not a good guy.  You’re my son, and I love you, and there’s not a day that goes past that I don’t love you.”  When you’re on the set at the time, it was an extremely emotional scene.  Very, very emotional, and the fact that we got it right the first time, made the intensity better.  If I had had to go back and do that again, it would have been slightly different. That’s the way I work.”

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Had you worked with Sarah Brown before; given you both have worked on General Hospital in your careers?

TRISTAN:  Never.  That was a great thing.  I had two scenes with her, and I loved them both, and I thought she was terrific,  What Sean and Timothy have done is  put together a really interesting bunch of people to totally dig and are part of the daytime scene, who are totally familiar with it, and know what it is all about, and make it different.  The only other show I can compare this to is GH: Night Shift.   We were never allowed to develop it, but that was where we were at.  I think we are making the same kind of broad steps here that we were doing back then.  Hopefully, we are given more of a chance to develop the concept of it. 

What can you say about working with Timothy? He obviously loves the soaps too!

TRISTAN:  He’s a good guy.  I mean, they couldn’t have gotten a better person to do the directing and put that side of it together.  He was the perfect choice: having an understanding of the background of daytime and basically liking it for what it is.  He was ideal!

Photo: Studio City

Timothy, you were a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful, correct? How did you come into Sean’s orbit?

TIMOTHY:  Yes … when Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) was with dad, Eric (John McCook), or something right before that. (Laughs)  That’s how long ago that was.  I started telling Sean all that stuff, and he sent this cookbook to my mom, and then, he called me.  We stayed in contact and started talking about a few things, and then he contacted me about being in the book he was doing, Success Factor X, and he wanted me to be in the book, so I said okay.  So, we just stayed in contact, and then, I called him about another project. Later, Sean said he had an idea for a show and he’s been working on it for a while, and said, “Here’s the idea.  What do you think?”  I said, “I think it’s something that I could be interested in,” (because I’d always watched soaps back in the day, and it’s something that my mom is a huge fan of) and you know, I could get down with doing it.”  So, we kind of met, shook hands, and said, “Let’s make it happen.”

Did you tell your mom you were working with Sean Kanan?

TIMOTHY:  I did!  She loved it.  Sean actually sent her a video to her phone wishing her a merry Christmas last year.

SEAN:  This guy is a feature-film director. Tim was like, “I think that would be a really interesting challenge.  I’d like to do a digital series,” and then it comes to pass that this sort of tough-guy film director from North Carolina, is a total closet soap freak! (Laughs)

Photo: Studio City

Timothy, in Studio City, when Patrika Darbo has this very emotional monologue about what happened to her and about Sam’s father.  Sean also delivered a powerful performance in the scenes, just through his reactions to her heartbreaking story. I just thought the way he played it was so moving.  You obviously did a great job directing that scene.

TIMOTHY: I said, “Sean, I’m seeing behind the camera.  I’m telling you man, you’re telling so much with your eyes.  You don’t have to say anything.  Don’t tell her it’s okay during the scene,” because his initial reaction was, “It’s my mom.  I want to tell her it’s alright.”  I was like, “No.  Don’t.  I don’t want you to do anything.  You need to absorb this; you need to be in that moment of where you just don’t even know what to say.   You feel for her, but you also have this self-inflicted pain yourself, and you just need to listen.  Just listen to her.  Zone out of everything else and listen to her.”  That’s what he did, and he did it really well.

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SEAN:  I remember that Patrika was incredibly generous because once we got her take; she was willing to go through all of that pain again so that my reactions would be as informed as it was.  Honestly I would like to tell you that it was me reaching into my big bag of actor tricks, but all I had to do was shut up and listen.  How can you not be moved by hearing that?  So, I just sort of shut up, didn’t have to hit my mark because I was sitting, and listened, and she did all of the driving on that, and she was just terrific and Timothy captured it beautifully.

Sean, when you envisioned the part of Sam for yourself; were you pleased about how it came across on screen?

SEAN:  Listen, the character is very close to who I am.  This guy is sort of a heightened version of me, but I am very much playing myself in this.  I’m playing myself in some situations that I have never had to deal with.  I was like, “If this is going to succeed or fail, it’s going to happen with me being my most authentic self, and it’s not someone else’s idea of who I am.  I’m going to show you who I am in this.”

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Trans actor, Scott Turner Schofield also appears in Studio City.  In part of his story, you are tackling a timely social issue of the plight of African-American trans individuals who are being murdered.  How did you come to the decision to include this arc in the series?

SEAN:  I felt it was important that we told a story that was LGBTQ and trans-centric.  I wanted Scott to be a character on the show that everybody knew was trans.  I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but maybe the character Scott plays is going to have a conflict with production and say, “Listen, I’ve got to be a trans character on the show because I need to sort of be a beacon to all of those people out there.  I’m living that life off-camera. ”  When you see him in his group and everything, and I think he is going to kind of stand up for himself, and that’s going to probably alter his story.  I thought it was important to be like, “My character knows he’s trans.  He’s my buddy who happens to be trans,” you know what I mean…. rather than it being this huge big thing.”

Was the goal to get Studio City released right at the end of 2019 to quality for Daytime Emmy consideration in the Digital Drama categories? 

TIMOTHY:  It was definitely something we think could get more eyeballs on the show, more attention to it if you will, in order to get it to the next level.  So, I think that’s important. Do this and get it even bigger … make more episodes and make them longer.  Sean keeps saying this series, is a love letter to soaps, and that’s what he told me he wanted to do.  You know what Sean is talking about.  There is somewhat of a disrespect level in our industry of, “Well, he’s on a soap,” and these people are so talented.  I mean, some of these daytime soaps have better ratings than a lot of the primetime shows.  You just read mainstream media or something about soaps, and you may think, “What?  There’s nobody watching it,” and then, you start looking at ratings and two and a half million viewers during an episode?  This is every day.  That’s a fan base.  There are dedicated people watching it.

SEAN:  It always bothers me when I see that; treating soaps like that because we work really hard, and there’s a lot of talented people involved with it.  It doesn’t always need to always be that whenever you see soap operas represented in “main series” projects, that they’re kind of the butt of a joke.  I was like, “That’s not going to happen because that’s not what they’re about.”

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Sean, you make things happen for yourself doing various projects whether it be: stand-up comedy, acting, books, etc and are one of the hardest working guys I know. Why do you think you have continually come back around, and in front of the daytime soap community all of these years?

SEAN:  I envy guys who have been on daytime consistently for 10, 15, 20 years, and there are times that I wish I were there and doing that, but I don’t necessarily know that if I were that guy that I would have had the wherewithal to write the books I have written.  I think I may have gotten comfortable, and you know, God bless.  I am in no way disparaging that because there is a lot to be said for that longevity on a series. I feel like on daytime I have always been kind of a hired guy.  I get brought in, I get let go, I get brought in, I get let go.  I never sort of maintained a sense of terra firma.  I always felt that it was probably going to be temporary, and I’d better figure out what else I’m going to do, which has given me opportunities that I have created to do projects that I am really passionate about like this one.

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