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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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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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British Soap ‘Coronation Street’ Set To Resume Production Next Week Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Will American soaps soon follow the Brits, and be able to start up your favorite soap towns again? While production entities await for guidelines from the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, across the bond, ITV’s Coronation Street has set next Tuesday, June 9th to begin filming new episodes of the popular drama.

Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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So, do you the news on “Corrie” spells a brighter outlook for the American daytime dramas to begin production shortly in some capacity? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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