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    • Has anyone seen a quote by Jerry verDorn where he questions just who was in charge when they put him on recurring status? I know I've see it. It may have been in an interview with Hinsey.
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    • Stephanie Sloane interviews Goutman & Bloom ... Soap Opera Digest September 30, 2008/WORLD VIEW Stephanie Sloane interviews CBS Daytime Vice President Barbara Bloom and Executive Producer Christopher Goutman /ATWT DIGEST: What has you so excited about ATWT? BARBARA BLOOM: Chris has been working on some wonderful story with Jean [Passanante, head writer]. Not only is it cross-generational, but it focuses on each core group of families. The logo is, "In a heartbeat, your whole world can change." The first story was the Hugheses and the Stewarts.The second we saw [was September 3], which is the Snyders. The third one is the Ryans. There is some overlap, but there are these three wonderful stories that will each be accompanied by a location. DIGEST: You have done a great job integrating the veterans into current story. CHRISTOPHER GOUTMAN: We have never tried to ignore it. It's just coming up with appropriate stories where they have more to do than just being window dressing, which we don't want and they don't want. I think, as always, it's been the hallmark of AS THE WORLD TURNS that the vets are still here. BLOOM: And they're so important as touchstone characters. This show has always had the vets, more so than any other show. They don't just drop out as much. It depends on the direction of the story. GOUTMAN: And their vacations [laughs]. Because Helen Wagner's {Nancy} 90th birthday is coming up, so we are coming up with a special show to celebrate her. It's essentially a prequel, what happened before anything ever happened on the air. So, our characters are playing characters of yore. For instance, Carly playing Lisa, and you'll let your imagination go from there. DIGEST:  Speaking of Carly, let's talk about Holden and Carly. That story really has everybody talking. GOUTMAN: I can see where people would have problems with it, but that's okay. It's not a long-term relationship, nor was it meant to be. It's just sort of where they are now. BLOOM: But in the heat of the moment, you totally understand it. What I like about it is that Carly really got lambasted for it. She has to suffer the repercussions for all the choices she made before. And, by the way, what about Lily and Dusty? Where does she get off? You really start to get involved in the debate. It's not black and white, and that's what makes you feel like you're talking about your friends. GOUTMAN: Carly getting involved with Holden has gigantic repercussions for Jack. For Jack, it has been Carly going off on some whimsical tangent. Now it's so close to home, it's a real watershed for him. And what that means for him and Carly will be larger than what it was before. So, as they all go forward, Jack will change the most in what he chooses to do with his life. Holden and Lily will always be bonded by their history and their children. But whether they will stay together is up to them. DIGEST:  Were you concerned at all with this story coming right as Noelle Beck was recast as Lily? GOUTMAN:  I didn't want to hold it off, because it would have held off three other actors on the show. Nothing is a perfect world. I just thought it was important to continue with the story. BLOOM:  I actually think it's better, because the window into the story was Carly and Holden. I don't think it's better that it wasn't Martha [Byrne, ex-Lily]; I think it's better in that it helped the recast.If the story is in the character, then you tell the story with the character, The story isn't in the actress. GOUTMAN: I think Noelle is doing a great job. I think she is a terrific person, too. I am looking forward to her embracing Lily more and more every day. DIGEST:  By playing Lily as the victim, it makes Noelle more sympathetic. GOUTMAN:  Well, that was not unintentional. We were well aware of that. Any sympathy that the character Lily can get, we'll take. DIGEST:  Okay, let's talk about the return of Dusty, which happens next week. So you killed him off... GOUTMAN:  What the hell happened [laughs]? DIGEST:  Did you know that you might bring him back? GOUTMAN:  Absolutely. And we talked about it when it happened. BLOOM:  It was Grayson's [McCouch, Dusty] choice to leave the show; it was not our choice to lose him. Actors have windows in their lives that they need to explore and we both are very respectful of that. So, I said to Chris and Jean, "He has to be really most sincerely dead until he is not." Then they called me up a couple of months ago and they said, "Well guess what? He is not." Grayson was ready to come back and Jean and Chris came up with a really great way to bring him back that made complete sense. And we'll have a different set of consequences on the canvas when he returns. GOUTMAN:  It's going to be great. I also think that the Lucy and Johnny thing has been out there, dangling, which has always intrigued me--and Jean--tremendously. I always knew that by the end of the year, we had to explore that. The timing felt right to me. And we will. BLOOM:  Dusty's appearance is not the end of the story. It's the beginning. GOUTMAN:  So that we are clear to everyone, it's not a trick, it's not a gimmick, it will change everyone's lives. DIGEST:  What about James? He's back... GOUTMAN:  And he has a master plan, which I can't reveal. BLOOM:  Otherwise, James will kill him. DIGEST:  Why get rid of Jon Prescott[Mike]? GOUTMAN:  Jon is an incredibly talented actor and he did an incredible job. It was extremely difficult for me. Dusty coming in sort of trumped the character a bit. Mike is a character that is not related to anyone on the show. If you are not related, it's a little difficult. But Jon will only do great things. DIGEST:  On to the writers' strike. Was it challenging for you? GOUTMAN:  That doesn't even begin to describe it. BLOOM:  It was horrible for him. GOUTMAN:  It was incredibly difficult, incredibly painful and I know for all the writers who were out on strike that it was difficult for them as well. But to keep a show running for three months without writers was hard. BLOOM:  And he did an amazing job. GOUTMAN:  But, I learned a lot. And, that's what you always try to do, take away the positives. Would I ever want it to happen again? Absolutely not. DIGEST;  What about the Emmys? Were you disappointed with the show's lack of of Best Show/Writing Nominations? BLOOM:  Yes! GOUTMAN:  I am always disappointed. As much as one tells themselves that awards aren't important, and you should take pleasure in the work itself, I think we should all be recognized for the work that we do. But with that said, it doesn't change my day to day life. I gave it about 10 minutes of thought and went on with it. BLOOM:  How do you get that many nominations for your cast and not get a writing and producing nomination? But the reality is that this is the nature of the awards. Everybody can't be recognized. It's a deeply flawed system that for the most part has worked very well for all of CBS shows' favor but the truth is it's a deeply flawed system. DIGEST;  Would you like to be on SOAPnet? GOUTMAN:  Absolutely. Absolutely. I have talked about it for years.but that it not within my domain. Listen, I would love to do a Sunday marathon of GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS. Brian? DIGEST:  Last question. Where do you both see the future of daytime? BLOOM:: Anyone that can tell you the future of daytime is making it up.The future of network television is in flux. I think that there will always be room for serial storytelling but the reality is that the business model is changing and the delivery model has to change with it. GOUTMAN:  I agree with Barbara. This is me speaking personally but I do think 5 shows a week is an antiquated model . All over the world serial storytelling is three days a week at mos tand repeats on the odd days and weekends. I don't think there is an appetite in this society right now to watch this show five days a week, they don;'t have the time or the energy. So, I think that is going to change first and foremost. Whether they show existing on a broadcast network or on cable, who knows?   (My commentary: I have to agree that there were always many ways that SOAPnet could've been better used. Mostly it was a waste of time. When they covered RH they did well. When they covered AW they did well. But, that  was not most of the time.)
    • Alright to confuse matters more, I found an article that speaks of Brett's departure, I couldn't access the full article from March 30, 1981 due to technical reasons but just a small preview which states   "There are more cast casualties at 'The Young and the Restless" Michael Evans and Brett Halsey have been sent packing in their roles of Douglas Austin and John Abbott. Evans was beginning to over-act to excess and Halsey was virtually ignored by writers since he joined the show last fall"   So now we have Brett possibly joining in either May, July or sometime in the Autumn. Plus was he ignored? Maybe the writer felt so considering Halsey had soap/primetime and film experience and was considered a vet.   Lol, poor Michael. I wonder if there was truth to this or if it was just the writers opinion.
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