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Y&R's head honcho, Paul Rauch on 50 years in the biz!

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Y&R’s co-executive producer, Paul Rauch talks about his career and his 5oth year in the business with MSN.com’s, Deanna Barnert, and a bit about this week’s Masquerade Ball, and the firings that rocked the soap world back in the 70’s firing, George Reinholdt and Jacqueline Courtney (Steve and Alice) from Another World.  Here are a few excerpts!

Rauch on the secret to pulling off a big production event in these times difficult financial times for the soaps, i.e. the masquerade ball:  “In this case, we see an explosion at the end of the show and then the people trapped or buried in the debris. We see the aftermath. We don’t see people flying through space, which isn’t a practical thing to do and wouldn’t accomplish or mean anything, anyway. It’s still difficult to shoot. We had a couple extra cameras to do it, but the most important thing is that we do it efficiently and not take all day and night doing it. Time is money.  It also depends on whether you have problem personalities, but this is probably the most professional group I’ve ever worked with. When we cast, we cast people who are actors. In the ’90s, all the shows were suddenly eager to load their casts up with young, beautiful people, irrespective of whether they had chops or not. So you had a floor filled with beautiful people who couldn’t carry off performances well. That was a challenge. How do you give a note to an actor who doesn’t understand what the note is? Here, I can work in shorthand. The actors know what to do, understand what the note is and make adjustments. I just saw the sweetened version and it’s pretty impressive. The ball is exciting. I think the audience is going to enjoy it and its part of the denouement of the Adam story.

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Rauch on firing Reinholdt and Courtney during his tenure at AW:  “That was an unusual situation. This guy had been a problem for a very long time and, on the fateful day, he threw an iron folding chair at a director and hit him in the head. So I fired him on the spot. You always have difficult people. Things get insane. The challenge is to make it work for everybody, not to fire somebody. It’s not to exercise power or control: It’s to get the thing done and do it well.”

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WATCH: ‘The Longest Days of our Lives’ Quarantine Soap Spoof With Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig & Will Ferrell

Wanna know how your daytime dramas might looks if we continue to be quarantined for months, and months, and months to come ? Well, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon showed viewers last night just how in a hilarious soap opera satire

Fallon, along with guests Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell (you couldn’t have asked for a funnier trio to do this) play characters in a soap opera called, The Longest Days of our Lives.

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Within it watch for: evil twins, doppelgangers, bitchslaps galore, and lots of other soap tropes and plenty of breaking character and all out laughing.

The spoof is now up on You Tube where the loglines say: “Jimmy shares a clip of a soap opera that has adapted to social distancing by having actors (Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig) film their scenes in quarantine using video chat.”

Check it out below and then let us know what you thought of the hilarity that ensued via the comment section.

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Guiding Light R.I.P.

TODAY: ‘Guiding Light’ Reunion With Some Of Springfield’s Most Notable

Following the overwhelming popularity of last week’s As the World Turns online reunion, comes another one today on Wednesday, April 8th featuring beloved stars from the former CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light.

Former show publicist, Alan Locher, will once again be hosting the You Tube livestream event, and it all kicks-off at 3PMEST/12PMPST.

Taking part in this very special hour will be: Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva), Robert Newman (Ex-Josh), Jerry verDorn (Ex-Ross), Liz Keifer (Ex-Blake). and Maureen Garrett (Ex=H9lly), plus you never know who else might pop during these livestream sessions since everyone is participating remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To watch the Guiding Light on-screen reunion live click here

Get ready to walk down memory lane and catch-up with some of these amazing stars from this one-of-a-kind soap, that is missed by so many.

So, will you be checking out the GL reunion today? Comment below.

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‘Desperate Housewives’ Livestream Reunion On Tap

Look who is reconnecting and reuniting for a special online reunion this coming Sunday? Several of the women from Wisteria Lane from the popular ABC primetime soap, Desperate Housewives that ran from 2004-2012.

Taking part in this latest reunion during the Coronavirus pandemic will be: Eva Longoria (Ex-Gabriella), Marcia Cross (Ex-Bree), Brenda Strong (Ex-Mary Alice), Vanessa Williams (Ex-Renee) and Dana Delaney (Ex-Katherine) on Sunday April 12th beginning at 8PMET.

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The actresses are coming together as part of the livestream episodes at Stars in the House, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to raise donations for The Actors Fund COVID-19 efforts.

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You can watch the Desperate Housewives livestream either at the Stars in the House website or via YouTube. 

So, will you be checking out the latest reunion one of your all-time favorite soaps be it primetime or daytime? Comment below.

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