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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

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Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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From the set of General Hospital new interviews are featured with: Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia), plus Casting Director Mark Teschner remembers Meghan Markle’s acting debut on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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Scott (ATWT Fan)

If only soaps continued to get press like this, but I doubt networks are interested.

Rodd
Rodd

I’ll definitely watch and let E! know I did ~ because I’m sure they aren’t counting me. I want them to know (any channel that supports soaps) that I am ONLY watching because they’re promoting the genre in some way. Viva les soaps!

Celia
Celia

I don’t think I was born when the devil too possession of Marlena’s soul…… so, I am glad I don’t remember that fallacy, albeit I heard enough from my grandmother.
So dumb!!
Another dumb piece of script is Eve as the Commish….seriously??
What is wrong with this writing staff? Does Eve even have permission to carry a gun? She has no knowledge of law….now instruction…..no experience to go from a laymam ( oops, excuse me…LayWOMAN….we don’t want to step on anyone’s toes) to police chief?? C’mon, now!!!!!! Why do they treat their audience like a mindless child? This idiocy would only happen in Lalaland……the same could be said about sending Haley back to China? No way, no how–TPTB cannot sell this drivel to us–there is Daca in place. No one, who has been here as a child is immediately sent off. There is a two-year grace period. In this case specifically, Haley’s mother is an American citizen.
I find it very offensive, albeit it’s a soap, that the laws are being misrepresented. ….that’s not how it works. Get real….. This is another soap resembling the comedic writing of Shakespeare as he ridiculed society…..” The Comedy of Errors”…Fake!! Bring a little reality into it.

Satan
Satan

You really should look up those old Marlena scenes. Not to brag, but I think it was some of my best work! I really enjoyed my vacation in Salem.

As far as faux-Eve being named “commissioner”, it’s meant to be a ridiculous appointment. ReRon is attempting political satire here, and it’s obvious who Jack is a parody of. And that guy’s cabinet appointments have all been exactly as qualified as faux-Eve.

Whether ReRon succeeds in his political satire is a whole other matter, of course. Now that he’s already moving on with another one of his dumb latex mask plots (“Nicole” is obviously Kristen, you can bet your soul on it. Hopefully it will be the real Kristen and not that poor recast from a few months back)

Celia
Celia

I find no interest immersing myself within the supernatural….I’ll have nightmares. I can’t watch that stuff—movies etc. I am serious. I’m a big baby, I know!!
As far as political satire, “ReRon” is failing miserably. I don’t see the “sick” humor–this coming from moi….I have a warped sense of humor. Thus, if it “ain’t” working for me, then he needs to take a few courses in Humanities–“Shakespeare”, “Moliere”” , Mark Russell ( political satirist non-pareil) etc.
This is a shoddy job, trying to make the ridiculous pass as unadulterated ridiculous. Political satire should be esoterically projected. Alas, this piece of third-grade writing does not pass muster. It lacked fecundity. No humor.
I agree about Kristen/Nicole. She must have gotten in touch with Faison. Ha!!
I am too tired to check my typos. Therefore, I apologize in advance. I made a mess of my last comment.

DMRR
DMRR

I was watching old clips of Guiding Light last night. Our “stories” used to have such adventure and romance. We cared for the characters. NO MORE. It’s so sad, how our shows have been dwindled down to hiring boyfriends in the parking lot. I love the romance of Bo and Hope, Doc and John, and so many others.

On another note, there is nothing “there” with Markle. She’s an opportunist. She is NO Princess Diana or Kate.

Celia
Celia

Agreed, DMRR… all of it!!
As far as the dubious Windsor princess, I read somewhere that she had asked a “London” friend to introduce her to a famous Englishman of means. It was an orchestrated meeting. She got lucky, or not. Whatever turns her on, I guess. I hope she’s happy. Thst’s what’s most important.
What is pathetic to me is that when the original movie was televised ( soon after their engagement became official), we were made to believe ( NOT) that “the opportunist” had no idea who Harry was. Right!! My five-year old knows who Harry is. He is as appealing as a toad with warts—what’s attractive to any shallow, superficial woman is his title and all the benefits that come with it.
At least I admit my little idiosyncrasies—I could never fall in love, be intimate, or marry a less than gorgeous guy–but, that’s just moi—with or without money!! I am vain and picky…..what can I say?? LOL.

Joanne Wolfer
Joanne Wolfer

I love lucas and sami. Hope to have them back as a family with all 4 kids.

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