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THURSDAY: Soap Nation Live! With Co-Host DAYS Greg Rikaart and Special Guests: GH’s James Patrick Stuart, Hayley Erin, and OLTL Favorite, Robin Strasser

On Thursday night, December 20th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with an all-new holiday episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his guest co-host, Days of our Lives, Greg Rikaart (Leo) as they welcome guests: General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), former GH star, and soon-to-be-seen in the upcoming series, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki), and One Life to Live icon Robin Strasser (Dorian) for this festive 90-minute broadcast.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.  Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soap-centric prize.

The December edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Follow along on social media by checking out the @michaelfairman Twitter handle for real-time updates from the studio and more.

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you enjoy the show.

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Hi Greg! First off, I can’t tell you what a delight it is to have Leo back on screen! You must be having an absolute blast (you can tell onscreen) being back at Days. I mean…how much fun did you have taping that wedding?! The suit and hair were on point! And the scenes with Sheila (T-boz) officiating had fans ROTFL ! So tell us what is next for Leo? Will he continue to torment Sonny/Will?? Also, will there be more scenes with Leo and Sheila bc those 2 together are a comedy act! Also, Judith Chapman is returning as Leo’s mother…what can you tell us about that??

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Please tell Greg Rikkart he is doing AMAZING work at Days of Our Lives please!

I tried calling just now but my connection was bad, I was hoping to speak to Greg Rikkart or leave him a comment.

Please tell Greg Rikkart that he is knocking it out of the ballpark! Ron C. writes the best lines for Leo and Greg gives Leo life! Is Greg going to have more questions with Sheila?

And I love hearing Robin Strasser. I miss her, Dorian and OLTL. it was cancelled when it shouldn’t have been, OLTL was on fire and their ratings were much better than GH was!

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Soaphound

Absolutely right, Blake. Hard to believe Y&R let the versatile, sexy Greg Rikaart go so they could hire a bunch of zeros like Mia, Kerry, Nate, Rey, etc. Tells you a lot about why Y&R is unwatchable these days while DAYS has a glut of great (and great-looking) actors.

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Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies At 97; B&B Remembers Her Time On The Soap

The beloved and iconic star Carol Channing has passed away at age 97.  Best known for her performance as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, the Tony Award-winning actress also picked up a Golden Globe for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was nominated for an Academy Award for it as well, throughout her enduring career.

Reports on Tuesday detail that Channing died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

While Channing did so much in her illustrious career, she also appeared as herself back in 1993 on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful.  That’s when the Forresters staged a celebrity-filled fashion show with plenty of glitz.

In a tweet with a photo of B&B’s enduring star, John McCook (Eric Forrester) pictured with Channing, the daytime drama shared: “All of us at mourn the loss of our friend, the legendary star, . She was a true original and there will never be anyone like her. Ms. Channing appeared as herself on B&B in 1993. May she rest in peace.”

Channing’s performance as a diamond-loving showgirl, Lorelei Lee, in the Broadway musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes back in 1949 made her a star.  Marilyn Monroe would play the role in the film adaptation.

Later in her TV career, she appeared on numerous shows including: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Love Boat, Touched by an Angel and several game shows, to name just a few.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Carol Channing via the comment section below.

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Who Will Be Ryan’s Next Victim On General Hospital?

Here;s what we know .. on Monday’s episode of ABC;s General Hospital, Ryan added CarSon, Sonny and Carly, to his hit list of victims.  He wants them out of the the way so Ava can take Avery and leave Port Charles with him and never look back.

Meanwhile, Carly is definitely a threat to figuring out that Kevin is Ryan, given her unrelenting quest and her days at Ferncliff.

Elsewhere, Franco is up to trying to figure out why “Kevin” suddenly dumped him as a patient, and if anyone can come across the lock box in “Kevin’s” office and open it up, therein lies clue to the serial killer’s movesand victims.

But will Port Charles continue to think that “Kevin” is having some sort of breakdown over the anniversary of his twin brother, Ryan’s “death” and heinous killing spree years ago? Will anyone figure out the real Kevin is locked up in a straight-jacket at Ferncliff?

Check out this week’s promo for GH below, and then let us know; who you think will truly be Ryan’s next victim, or will he finally be caught?  And, what have you thought of the performances of Jon Lindstrom in this storyline? Comment below.

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David Canary’s Daughter Raises Question If Repeated Head Traumas From His Football Past Contributed To AMC Star’s Condition Before His Death

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease that is now widely known to be the outcome of repeated head traumas, concussions and more for many NFL athletes, Pro Wrestlers, hockey players and more   It has caused mental illness, severe behavioral changes and more in younger athletes to even old-timers, many who suffer unaware what is happening to them. Some athletes who have committed suicide have been later to have been diagnosed with CTE when their brains were donated to research.

Kate Canary, the daughter of All My Children’s beloved and late, David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler), is a contributing writer to the New York Daily News, and she wrote a heartfelt, and thought-provoking article, on just what happened to this icon, who died in 2015 at the age of 77  with his formal diagnosis being Alzheimer’s disease.

However, David’s earlier football past as a high school and college football player could very well been the reason why he suffered so many years before, and as Kate related here in these excerpts: “But this diagnosis came after years of suffering with Dad’s cognitive decline, and arguably decades of signs. Without exposing the most excruciating details of a disease that could extinguish the most vibrant of men, I can confess that his case was anything but typical.  We lost him in fits and starts, over and over, for roughly seven years leading up to his final breath. Begrudgingly, we learned to lie to him — ‘entering his world,’ as my brother Chris so delicately deemed it — to skirt the contradictory truths that would trigger his outbursts, which left physical scars on objects, on himself, and on others. We knew many families who had faced Alzheimer’s, yet we were the only ones uttering the comparison ‘Jekyll and Hyde.  Those closest to Dad witnessed firsthand the erratic, delusional and at times explosive episodes that characterized his particular case, which we tried attributing to an overactive imagination in a broken brain. But as more information emerges about CTE and the nature of its symptoms — the violent mood swings, the lapses in judgment, the hours-long hallucinations, the paranoid delusions — we are left with more questions than answers, more regret than relief.”

Kate goes on to state the facts that David Canary suffered at least four major concussions as a lineman in his high school and college football playing days between the ages of 16 and 22, (she also relates that those are the ones he remembered).  She also notes the multi-Daytime Emmy winning star has experienced cognitive difficulties decades before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and that there was no genetic lineage that the family knew of that would you would often find with Alzheimer’s patients.  She also noted that David’s volatility was unusual for a patient suffering from this disease, which leads us all back to CTE.

In the end a loving daughter asks the questions, “Did football kill my father?”  Kate was on the verge of looking into a way to donate David’s brain to science, but sadly he passed away eight weeks later in November of 2015.

The upshot is that when mothers and fathers allow their kids to play football or other-related sports at an early age were concussions are a possibly or involved, think again, you could be changing the course of their lives forever.

So, what did you think of what Kate shared about David Canary’s mental health and condition?  It would seem CTE could have been the root cause of what befell this giant of a man in the daytime soap world. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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