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  1. LOL! At the time of Delia's real therapy with Dr. Pagano, after the Ryan family finally distanced themselves from her, Roger asked Bob about Delia and their mother. Bob told him the mother spoiled Delia and would also do things for Delia - he said Maureen mostly spoiled Delia out of guilt. All Delia usually said was her mother worked hard, was always tired, and looked much older than her age -- from Bob we got more of the story. Their father was in a mental institution for many years and he passed on before his wife. Bob said, being a boy, he was expected to take care of himself.
  2. Great ideas...Really Great! Any child of Mary's would have come even later than two years, though. Mary only became pregnant in late 1976 after Kate's real life unplanned pregnancy. Kate wrote in her book that when she told Claire she was pregnant and told her she may have to quit and that was when Kate wrote it was after that when Claire came up with this idea of making Mary pregnant, too, to help keep Kate on the show. Would any future (after 1977) baby Ryan have belong to Mary & Jack or Mary & someone else? Also have wondered what Mary and Jack's s/l was going to be before Kate's pregnancy changed the direction. Publications said there was going to be a Jack/Mary/ Alex triangle. While I liked corny Alex, just don't see that him as being a big enough rival for Jack. Even with Jack's claims that Alex was really a wolf in sheep's clothing. I also think, if not for her pregnancy, Kate might have left in July and not stayed on the extra 6 months. Sure she felt indebted to them to stay a little longer for what they did for her, but most likely her ever growing baby bump had put a stop on her pursing other roles there for a while
  3. I would have preferred they just have Mary leave town instead of killing her off. They sent Pat, Frank, and Siobhan away. Claire from December 1979 "When you have a happily married couple like Jack and Mary you lose plot flexibility. We couldn't separate them romantically. The audience wouldn't have accepted it. Frankly, Paul and I were unequal to the task of keeping them married and still providing a front-burner story for Jack, who maintained incredible audience appeal." So the viewers weren't accepting the recasts of Mary- yet I find it interesting that she says the audience wouldn't accept Mary and Jack breaking up. There was another quote, which I cannot find right now, where Claire, again said, she has trouble writing for married couples.
  4. Here's some of what I recall from Louise Shaffer's Locher Room YouTube interview Louise's favorite role was Serena/ Josie on The Edge of Night She had watched Ryan's Hope and wanted to be on it Claire wanted to bring a bitch character on to the show Louise told her she wanted Rae to show no conscience and just go after what she wanted...freedom to not be evil or bad but just driven She was brought on to screw up Frank and Jill's story and then be gone RH writer Jeffrey Lane came up with the Rae has a daughter, Kim, story that kept her around Louise shared a dressing room with Kelli Louise thought Kelli had charisma and as long as Kelli stayed on the show Louise would always have a job She said Kelli was 17 or 18 ..guess she doesn't know about Kelli saying she was only 14 when she started on RH Louise felt Michael Corbett and other men on the show didn't get enough appreciation Michael was a smart actor and physically beautiful Talks about when Rae slapped Kim. They rehearsed and was getting late and Kelli said to Louise "just hit me" Said good things about Helen Gallagher and how Helen always played the characters backstory Other things She called taking the role of Stephanie on Search For Tomorrow a the mistake of a lifetime but she needed the job and the money ... and with a character and actress as popular as Stephanie and Maree there should have been more time between when she left and the role was recast She was terrified of Mary Stuart during her first run on SFT...second time she and Mary had more in common including how they both liked writing When Louise was there she felt Lisa Peluso was ready to move on She had fun playing Goldie on All My Children She hated writing for daytime She said her favorite soap characters to write for were Kathryn Hays and Martha Byrne's characters on As the World Turns Said James Mitchell (Where the Heart Is) was amazing and he gave her some help for one of her books She'd take the right acting role if it were offered today
  5. Yes, he did. Just came across this in an old file. Michael Levin(Jack) talks about the different Mary's and mentions Helen bringing Kathleen in for the role of Siobhan. I don't know what publication and can't recall why I only have these few paragraphs and not the whole article. I don't think this was from one of Carl's magazines, was it? They aren't the clearest to read When Kate Mulgrew left "Ryan's Hope," Michael gave no thought to what adjustments would have to be made with a new actress playing his wife. But, as actress followed actress over the last year and a half, Michael realized there WERE adjustments. "It took me a year to learn how to work with Katey, to learn what a spunky fireball she was. It was very exciting to work with her. You could trust her dynamic, alive and take whatever you threw at her and throw something back." "Mary Carney, Kathleen Dolan, and now Nikki Goulet all had different qualities. As they replace each actress, they try to fill whatever weak spot the one before had. "It was easy with Mary Carney, she had the craft, but it was kind of low-keyed thing after Katey. I didn't spend much time worrying about Mary or how she would change or change my acting, "Kathy was exciting but was a constant problem in the sense of a new girl breaking into the form. Helen Gallagher brought her in to play the other daughter, Siobhan, but the powers that be cast her as Mary, the bigger part. Kathy herself is anti-establishment, and it was hard to get the old Mary Ryan from her. Especially since Kate had created a Mary that was part child-woman, aggressive, yet a nice person, and a very female person, all that is Mary Ryan and Kate Mulgrew, as well, but Kathy had her own special qualities." Michael feels Mary Ryan as played by Nikki Goulet has a sweeter qualities. "She also has the life and pizzazz of Mary." I had led Michael into this discussion and he didn't flinch from the verbal dissection of his various TV wives, any more than the original bluebeard flinched from real dissection. He admits that when Kate was leaving, he felt it would be best to kill the character of Mary rather than try to replace her. he thought it would be interesting, Fenelli left with the baby he hadn't wanted. The powers-that-be on the show disagreed. "With Nikki I've decided- you see, I'm learning - not to try and teach, which I tried to do with the others. It's almost like a good father, letting the person develop and you just watch and once in a while say something or do something when you're sure exactly what you're gonna say can and let it happen. "It has been impossible for me to do that on the show for a year and a half now. With a new person you must be conscience of the fact they're new, you must get used to the form. Then you're concerned with how to make it work. "You go through a break-in period first, then you find yourself in a different situation with each of the women. Easy with Mary Caney, electric with Kathy, but a problem I couldn't figure." (Eventually Michael decided it was that the role of Mary was so different from Kathy herself. What gave Kathy her zing was her attitude of having broken away from tradition, yet Mary is tradition bound.) He's learned to relax and enjoy working with Nikki.
  6. Faith? & Frank- Tracy guest starred on Daniel Hugh-Kelly's Hardcastle & McCormick in 1985 -
  7. Another Faith inspiration - Tracy Brooks Swope (Where the Heart Is) said they created Faith with her in mind. After playing Maeve's sister, Pauline was also a Sister Mary Joel
  8. Yes, he auditioned for Seneca. Nancy Addison had originally auditioned for Faith. Malcolm Groome said it took him a little while to accept their role offer because he didn't want to do a soap opera - so, maybe, they were just waiting for him to say yes.
  9. In one of Kate Mulgrew's books- she said she knew soap opera work wasn't going to fulfill her. She said that the show wouldn't give her time off to do other projects. This was hard to understand since they gave Nancy Addison time off the film the Dain's Curse and Helen Gallagher got time off to take a working vacation on an Oriental cruise. Helen and Kathleen had portrayed mother and daughter in a play together and she had brought Kathleen in to read for the role of Siobhan. Instead, they cast her as Mary. In a 2008 blogtalkradio interview, Malcolm Groome said that several months after the show began they changed Pat closer to Malcolm's personality when they changed Pat from a "love 'em and leave 'em " playboy to a nice guy type. On the old Soapnet forum, it was interesting to hear from people who started watching the show after Pat was sent to Texas. Patrick James Clarke was their first Pat and they liked him and were sorry to see him go. They came to like Malcolm, too, of course. Some press reports also felt that PJC was really starting to make Pat his own when he was replaced.
  10. Yes! Thank you! Fun to see Helen in a commercial. By the time she was on Ryan's Hope, Helen said she would love to do commercials but they never hire her.
  11. So sad to hear of John Gabriel's passing. One of my favorite descriptions of Seneca, on the show, was from Siobhan. While she was checking in on sick little Edmund at the hospital, she met Seneca for the first time - she then went back home and told Maeve, Johnny, and Mary that "he's a cuddle". Of course, they did not see him that way - but I thought it was adorable. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Newspaper piece from May 28, 1976 After 3½ years of playing "scheming inconsequential opportunists " on daytime television, John Gabriel has become a good guy. Gabriel wanted to portray a character "with whom I could identify with and admire" and has fulfilled that desire by taking the role of Seneca Beaulac, a superstar researcher on the daytime series "Ryan's Hope seen Monday through Friday, 1 to 1:30 pm on ABC-TV. "Seneca", according to Gabriel, "is a dark slightly-graying handsome man, is a person who has confidence and doesn't need to impress anyone, has a sense of humor about himself, is dedicated to his profession, and is extremely moral." He is a far cry from Teddy Holmes in General Hospital and Link Morrison in Love of Life, whom Gabriel portrayed. "Both these men used their appeal for selfish gains", he said. "They were womanizers with a long line of women as their victims." "But that didn't that bother me as much as they were inconsequential. They were men of little substance. If I'm going to be a bad guy, I'd like to be a bad guy like Iago." Gabriel wasn't the only one to dislike the characters. Teddy Holmes, for example, received a great deal of hate mail.
  12. This is from June 2020 and a commentary written by MacKenzie Allen (Jim Speed) -who spent some time in law enforcement after acting. The Sante Fe New Mexican newspaper https://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/emphasize-the-peace-for-officers/article_bf0cd672-b256-11ea-9754-2b6ff2665193.html ************************************************************************* Emphasize the 'peace' for officers By MacKenzie Allen Jun 20, 2020 I’ve seen racism acted out by fellow cops. It was rare but it was ugly. Racism and brutality by law enforcement is inexcusable. Period. This country is being convulsed by the horrible events of the past few weeks, finally so unavoidably exposed as to defy being ignored. I can barely begin to imagine the pent-up rage and frustration of African Americans and other minorities after suffering generations of abuse and violence at the hands of those sworn to protect us all. The problems are so immensely complex that they cannot be addressed fully here, but I would like offer some insights. The concept of “community policing” was much-promoted beginning in the 1990s, and most cops were highly skeptical. I was the first deputy in my agency to be assigned as community officer. We began in a district I had worked for years, our most troublesome area. The population was comprised of every race and ethnicity you could think of, each with its gang(s). White, Black, Pacific Islander, Native American, Southeast Asian … you name it. The only people who supported us were the older white folks. Everyone else either feared, hated or mistrusted us. Clearly, this had to change. We began by holding community meetings with residents of “the projects,” subsidized housing that was rife with crime. We were able to convey to them that we truly cared about the community, but that we needed their help, welcomed their input, wanted to address their fears and work with them to provide a more peaceful neighborhood. I opened a “storefront” office smack in the middle of the drug and gang-infested, run-down commercial area. Residents could walk in at any time to discuss concerns. We distributed a monthly newsletter to the community detailing our efforts and successes and projects on which we were working. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. We organized a community walkabout. A couple of hundred residents met with 10 deputies and the precinct brass at the Boys & Girls Clubs, then walked together for a couple of miles through the streets. People came out to cheer and greet us, people who previously would hide from us, especially those refugees from the Cambodian “killing fields” and the horrors of Vietnam who trusted no one in uniform. We ran citizens academies and encouraged ride-alongs with patrol to help people understand our work. But most of all, we talked. More importantly, we listened. It will take a lot of talk, a great deal more listening and a vast opening of minds on all sides to mend this terrible shredding of our society. But it can be done. To not try is to abdicate and to watch ourselves become a failed state. Changing an outdated view of the mission for police officers will require true leadership, and that comes from the top. The entire command staff of an agency must embrace and actually model the desired behavior. That means spending some time out of the office and on the streets with patrol troops. Cops won’t respect any admin person who A) has no street experience and hides out at headquarters. Overloaded with work as they may be, administrators must find time to interact with patrol and the public on calls for service. Some police departments are already good at this. Some are light years behind. Make no mistake. There will always be a “warrior” element in police work. But we need to put a far greater emphasis on the “peace” part of peace officer. MacKenzie Allen, who lives in Santa Fe, was a deputy sheriff in both Seattle and Los Angeles. ***************************************************************
  13. Ana Alicia's (Alicia Nieves, Ryan's Hope) bad Puerto Rican accent. Didn't learn until one of the later SOAPnet rebroadcasts, after reading an old 1985 AA interview, that it was a last minute change. Ana spoke about it again in a 2013 Hill Place blog interview - Once she started working on "Ryan's Hope," Ana Alicia encountered some initial challenges with her role, "The weird thing that happened when I read for the role, I didn't read with any accent at all, and I was never told that I would have to have any accent. When I got there, the director took one look at me and said to the producer, 'She's got to have an accent. She doesn't look Puerto Rican.' So they asked, 'Can you do an accent?' and I said 'I don't know' because we were about to shoot! But I was feeling so grateful to be there and too un-knowledgeable to say 'Hey, you know what? I don't feel comfortable. It doesn't feel right to me, I didn't prepare this.' So I just did it. I just jumped into it. And it was so awkward for me because it wasn't natural and I felt so bad about that, about the whole situation. So, gradually, throughout the year they let me drop the accent. (laugh) And it had to be, like, really gradual, you know, and so after a year I left with barely any accent left!"
  14. Some of the quick notes I jotted down- Michael Corbett said he was hired for 3 days and then offered a contract It looked like Michael was getting a family but Joan Loring (Michael’s mother- Anna Paval) couldn’t remember her lines. Louise thought she was going to be written out until she met Kelli and then told her husband her job was safe. Nice how much Louise taught Kelli. I recall on the Soapnet forum Rose Alaio (Rose) said the show offered Kelli no help. Michael didn’t really answer if anyone helped him. Michael said he was disappointed when he was written out. Kelli said she was devastated when she was written out. The Ryans were not thrilled with the addition of them to the show. Helen Gallagher (Maeve) told the writers to rewrite scenes where Maeve was to speak with Michael because she said Maeve would never speak to MP. This disappointed Michael as he was a HG fan. Instead Maeve's dialog was given to Delia. He said Randall Edwards (Delia #3) was lovely. Kelli and Michael were hired to be the show's answer to Luke & Laura and bring in a younger audience. Louise said Kelli and Michael were charismatic performers and the audience responded to them. Kelli said they first considered Kim seducing Frank Ryan. She called John Gabriel (Seneca) a trooper for being stuck with the Lolita s/l She also said John was not the jealous type. All 3 gave their story for why they became actors. Louise hated writing for soaps because she wanted to tell her own stories. After he was fired, the shows wardrobe person secretly gave Michael all of MP’s clothes to take home. She gave Kelli some of Kim’s clothes. Louise loved Edge o Night and that was because of co-stars Ann Flood and Lois Kibbee. That role taught her how not to take the work home because she drove herself a little crazy with the s/l. ________________________________________________________________________ I enjoyed the affection they have of each other. I was thinking of one of the reports that Michael had been fired because of backstage jealousy - I always thought that it was a male co-star's jealousy but maybe it was a female. I recall that a blogradio interview ( had to be over 10 years ago) where Louise said there was a clique on the show and she wasn’t part of it – and in this YouTube reunion it really sounded like they were together by themselves on and off screen. Also in the blogradio interview, Louise said was a team player and the show would send her out to do press because they knew she would be positive – even during the Merit Karah s/l. So it would be interesting to hear her speak even more about everything 40 years later
  15. Prince Albert started right away in the new year (198O) and he abducted her mid-March. Crystal Palace opened mid-May. Barry's was run down in late September. Roger pulled a "Frank Ryan" and threw her out after he caught her with Dan Fox. After he had slept with Rae first, which led Dee to be vulnerable to Dan. Roger didn't care that Dan "forced " her to continue the affair, just like Frank didn't care that Roger "forced" her during the Frank/Delia marriage . (Although Frank and Delia's marriage was in a better place at that time, Delia did admit to Father McShane that she was continuing the affair and giving in to Roger's "blackmail" to keep Roger around as a back-up just in case Frank still left her) .After hearing how Labine and Mayer thought it was natural for Delia to go after Frank again in 1983, I imagine they saw this also as some natural old pattern, too, of looking for safety and protection from the Ryan's and Frank after the break-up with Barry and the hit-and-run.
  16. Here is the entire article Soap Opera Digest July 19, 1983 "Ryan's Hope" : Long Awaited Return to Familiar Faces, Familiar Dreams By Nerissa Radell In 1974, while they were still writing for "Love of Life," Paul Avila Mayer and Claire Labine began work on another soap opera. "Ryan's Hope," as it was called, was different right from the very start. In 1975, when the show premiered on ABC, most soap operas were situated in fictional American cities. "Ryan's Hope," however, was one of a kind. The Irish Catholic Ryan family, headed by Maeve and Johnny Ryan (expertly played by Helen Gallagher and Bernard Barrow) ran a neighborhood bar - not in everyman's town but in New York City. Maeve and Johnny didn't own a house or have a luxurious apartment. They lived right upstairs from their bar with their four children, whom they unabashedly loved. In fact, "Ryan's Hope" was all about that love and the various forms it took within that close family. Sounds simple? Well, it was... From 1975 to 1980, Paul and Claire produced, packaged and wrote their show very successfully for ABC. But in 1980, for financial reasons, Claire and Paul sold "Ryan's Hope" to the network. During that time, the series won 11 Emmys, including two awards for Best Show and four awards for Best Writing. "We were probably the lowest paid writers in daytime when we were winning all those awards," Paul smiles. "In fact, I know we were. We paid ourselves the absolute minimum so all the money could go back into the show. As soon as there was extra money, the actors got it. We were constantly over budget." Once ABC owned the show, "Ryan's Hope", began to change. "There was a difference in opinions as to which direction the show should take," Paul reflects. "The network wanted a new family on the show," Claire says. "All I have to say this in all justice -- philosophically, it was a viable decision. We had worked the veins of the Ryan's at this point! ABC have breathed new life into 'One Life to Live' by bringing in a new family in. But the problem here was that Paul and I had been doing this show for seven years and we were making up a new family on demand. We didn't feel the need for it." Nevertheless, because they relinquished creative control by selling the show, Paul and Claire created the Kirklands, a wealthy, power-monger family. Hollis Kirkland was played by veteran star Peter Haskell. Hollis fairly burst onto the "Ryan 's Hope" stage and his plotline, which linked him to the show's other reigning power-monger, Rae Woodard, soon consumed the whole serial. It was the end of "Ryanness" as the new emphasis on glitz, intrigue and heavy plotting took over. Viewers who had known and loved "Ryan's Hope" for it's done-to-earth storylines didn't know what to make of it, and ratings dropped to an all-time low. "We got a little off track," says Michael Levin who, as Jack Fenelli, has intrigued fans for eight years with his role as a crusading newspaper columnist. " When we were good, we really did good work and it wasn't about millionaires and gangsters and mystery and adventure. " (Once ABC owned the show, the plots began to focus on way out storylines a la "General Hospital.") The good work was just about human beings trying to love one another or not to love one another. The whole idea of 'Ryan's Hope' is that it's a hope for love and for trust...and that's not easy," he adds. Yet, despite their commitment to "Ryan's Hope," Paul and Claire left the show fifteen months after they sold it to ABC. "We were fired," Claire says matter-of-factly. I went back to work in February of 1982 without Paul to find there were various changes in personnel. " "We'd gotten into trouble when the scenes the network wanted written weren't the kind of scenes Claire wanted to write or were written for performers who couldn't fill them," adds Paul. " "The result was, the scenes didn't work. When we wrote scenes for the Ryan's, the scenes worked." So several months later, Claire left the show again. But in January of 1983, ABC approached both Paul and Claire about returning. Needless to say, there was some major overhauling to be done. Some of these "steps" included rather drastic moves, such as the releasing of nine characters from the show (including the entire Kirkland family). Plots were dropped right in the middle of their action lines. Several primary roles were recast. Says Paul, "It wasn't the performers' fault, but if you look at those characters, they were all nasty people grubbing for money. We write a very sentimental show, about love and sex, things we're interested in. We wanted to go back and build the stories around the family which meant we had to lose some of the Kirklands." There were other compromises both the writers and the network reached. " We came back to the show with the understanding that we could get our original casting director, Shirley Rich, back," Claire explains. " Shirley had found all our other wonderful original cast members and we wanted another Frank Ryan for the show. (Daniel Hugh-Kelly, who was the last actor to play the part, left in 1981. ) We also wanted to have Malcolm Groome, the original Pat Ryan, come back because he's great and because his presence on the set brings such joy to everyone who works with him. There was a perfectly lovely actor, James Clark, who was playing the role, " Claire admits, " but he wasn't Malcolm. In order for us to come back, we wanted Malcolm back, too." Malcolm Groome, who'd left the series in 1978, is thrilled to be back in New York and on the show. "Ryan's Hope" is a great working situation, " he exclaims. " The fact that I am back and that the whole show is going back to it's original thrust should make a difference. The Ryan's and the Coleridge were getting to be strangers on their own show...Paul and Claire's return will make a big difference, we're already starting to see that. We're all very excited." For Malcolm, the reclaiming of his role Pat Ryan was a natural process. "As an actor, you bring part of yourself to a part. When I decided to come back, I thought through Pat as I had left him, how he would have grown since then, etc. Actually, I came right in at the peak of Jimmy Clark's storyline. I literally Jumped in and brought my understanding of Pat as I had always known him to that situation." Ilene Kristen, another "Ryan's Hope " original, had left her role as Delia Reed Ryan Coleridge after three and half years of creating a character who alternatively amused and infuriated audiences. As Delia, Ilene stopped at nothing, including a bout with blindness, to get what she wanted- usually attention from a man. When Randall Edwards - who'd been playing the role of Delia - decided to leave the show, ABC approached Ilene about coming back. Although Claire and Paul have established their interest in keeping as much of the original cast as possible, Randall Edward's Delia was someone they could write for. When Ilene left the show in 1979, it was hard to replace her, " Claire sums up. " But what Randall did was astonishing. She managed to continue the line of the character, to be her own Delia, and still be a Delia Paul and I enjoyed writing for." Unlike Groome, Ilene had a harder time resuming her role after another actress had played the part. "It was totally different, " Ilene says of Randall's characterization. "As Dee, I suddenly had this restaurant with which I didn't know what to do. I had to dress up in elegant clothes. Dee is a real street fighter in a way, and the story had become very opulent - so had the show. I kept wondering what happened to those simple souls. I mean they'd gone Hollywood!" Nancy Addison, another original cast member, had several problems with her character during the Kirkland reign. " I like Jill," Nancy says of her character, Jill Coleridge, one of daytime's first liberated women. "The year and a half while we were waiting to find another Frank Ryan for me was excruciating! The focus went to an entirely different thing, and none of the old people were being used. Viewers were used to these good family people who owned a bar and their good friends, the Coleridges, who had money. They were used to the love, the conflict, the children. All of a sudden we were trying to be something we weren't, and we couldn't make it there. I was feeling down about the show for a while, " Nancy admits. "But these changes have given me - all of us - a lift. Geoffrey Pierson is Frank Ryan. I feel like an actress again!" Now that Paul and Claire have returned to "Ryan 's Hope, " the show seems to be headed right back where it belongs. Needless to say, there will be various problems to overcome- not the least of which is a heavy, rich "past" to contend with. " One of the problems with refocusing on the Ryan family is that there have been so many interrelationships." Claire comments. " We have to avoid playing what we've already done." For example, one of its hottest stories in the late 70's was the love triangle between Jill-Frank-Dee. For a while, it seemed as though this same situation was brewing. Comments Paul, " The outlines were ten days ahead of taping, and we really thought that in all honesty Dee, who' d had everything taken away from her, would go after Frank when he came home again. Having written this for ten years, we used up a lot of our fantasies. It's sometimes hard to find things that are fresh." Of particular interest over the years have been the romances between the Coleridge sisters (Jill and Faith) and the Ryan brothers, Frank and Pat. "I'd like to see Jill and Frank get married," says Claire - no doubt speaking for the hundreds of viewers who agree with her - " and have the most loving, the most trying relationship in the world of soap opera marriages. That is what we've promised the audience." As for the Pat and Faith romance, which seems to be headed for a triangle-type twist not unlike the Dee-Pat-Faith story of the late 70's." This is where we're in danger of being on worn ground, " Claire admits. "But there is a difference between Amanda (the third part of the triangle) and Dee. Pat's response to both of them will be clearly drawn - Amanda is mad, curably mad. What is fun to play Pat and Faith trying to be responsible to one another and then to this person, Amanda, who's in this emotional mess." Another compelling storyline will be the tempestuous romance between Jack Fenelli and Leigh Kirkland (played by Felicity LaFortune). Viewers who remember the emotional relationship between Jack Fenelli and his first wife Mary Ryan (originally played by the incomparable Kate Mulgrew), will watch as Jack once again puts aside his fears of being loved and once again makes himself vulnerable to a woman. "We're going to do this in a very challenging way," smiles Michael Levin. " I hope the audience is ready for Jack to fall in love again." Yes, "Ryan's Hope " is back where it belongs. " I hated to see it battered and bloodied, " Claire says. "We have the best dialogue writers in daytime: Nancy Ford, Judith Pinsker, and Mary Munisteri. One of the most you touching things anyone's ever said to me about the show is something Mary said once - ' I would rather be part of a contributing popular myth than Proust.' " Paul adds, "Contributing is the operative word here. In order to do this, we have to invest a certain passion and caring. We know 'Ryan's Hope' is going to work again."
  17. Had to search through my old magazines to find this - I recalled this from a Labine/Mayer interview where Soap Opera Digest said they created the Kirklands July 19, 1983 issue "Ryan's Hope" : Long Awaited Return to Familiar Faces, Familiar Dreams Once ABC owned the show, "Ryan's Hope", began to change. "There was a difference in opinions as to which direction the show should take," Paul reflects. "The network wanted a new family on the show," Claire says. "All I have to say this in all justice -- philosophically, it was a viable decision. We had worked the veins of the Ryan's at this point! ABC have breathed new life into 'One Life to Live' by bringing in a new family in. But the problem here was that Paul and I had been doing this show for seven years and we were making up a new family on demand. We didn't feel the need for it." Nevertheless, because they relinquished creative control by selling the show, Paul and Claire created the Kirklands, a wealthy, power-monger family. Hollis Kirkland was played by veteran star Peter Haskell. Hollis fairly burst onto the "Ryan 's Hope" stage and his plotline, which linked him to the show's other reigning power-monger, Rae Woodard, soon consumed the whole serial. It was the end of "Ryanness" as the new emphasis on glitz, intrigue and heavy plotting took over. Viewers who had known and loved "Ryan's Hope" for it's done-to-earth storylines didn't know what to make of it, and ratings dropped to an all-time low.
  18. Not Faith & Seneca - but they had a Faith & Jack pairing. TotallyKate, webmaster of TotallyKate! The Official Website of Kate Mulgrew., had bought some notes on the A Rage To Love bible . ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From the old Soapnet forum by TotallyKate A few years ago I happened to acquire from eBay notes about the original casting and storyline for Ryan's Hope. I had forgotten what was in it until I came across it last week when I was looking for something else. In the original bible for 'A Rage to Love', Mary has gone to the police academy to follow in the footsteps of her big brother, Frank. Frank is still a policeman and he and his partner, Saul, are involved in a case with mob connections. Saul dies and then Frank is found at the bottom of the hospital steps. Frank eventually dies and Bob Clancey (last name was changed to Reid) and Mary investigate his death as they don't believe it was an accident. Mary "quits" the police force and goes undercover taking a job at the hospital. Jack does not agree with Mary risking her life by going undercover and this breaks up the relationship that has already developed between them. Jack then starts a relationship with Faith, although both he and Mary love each other. Faith was involved with Pat but that relationship broke up after Faith wanted marriage and Pat didn't. Jack's relationship with Faith of course is wonderful for the widow Delia who wants Pat back. So everyone seems to be without the person they really love which makes for many hours of wanting them to get back to the one they love. Of course many aspects of the storyline changed drastically by the time "Ryan's Hope" made it on the air. It's interesting to note though that a lot of these original storyline ideas either ended up as backstory for the characters or as future storylines, such as the police academy and Siobhan. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Danfling was one who has said that about Faith and Clem.
  19. In one of Nancy's final RH interviews (Having Portrayed RYAN'S HOPE'S Jillian Ryan For Over a Decade, Nancy Addison Says Good-Bye / Soap Opera Digest/ December 15, 1987 ) -- Nancy said her favorites were Jill's bout with amnesia and the morphine addiction storylines. I wonder if it Nancy liked the amnesia because it gave her something different to play
  20. Kathleen Tolan and Helen Gallagher(Maeve) were friends. Helen had Kathleen come in to audition for the role of Siobhan and they hired her to play Mary. According to another message board, Kathleen had a serious problem with nerves and would get physically ill before taping but it was said Claire Labine really liked her.
  21. Wonderful reunion- very pleasant interviews. Was looking for some holiday decor in the actors homes but didn't see any. I had forgotten that Roy Poole (later Neil MacCurtain) was up for the role of Johnny until Ilene said she was sure Roy was going to get the part of Da In an old James Wlcek (Ben) blog radio interview, he had said that he had been involved with Catherine Larson (Lizzie) off camera (and involved with Maria Pitllio [Nancy Don], too, - also said he would never get involved with a co-star ever again after those two) John Gabriel (Seneca) telling Geoff Pieson that he was hired to save the ratings - boy, not much pressure there Speaking of saving the show - Looking at an old March 26, 1983 issue of Soap Opera Digest, it printed there was a rumor Ryan's Hope might be cancelled to make room for the new Agnes Nixon-Douglas Marland soap.
  22. Liked all the Franks except for Michael Hawkins - and I even got used to him after watching the show over and over multiple times. DHK my favorite. Charming and seemed really made for the good life Rae was offering him (the only Frank born to wear a tuxedo a lot). Andrew Robinson was the most like the son of working class parents like Johnny and Maeve and a good story teller. I wonder how the Rae story would have played out if he had continued in the role. Only seen parts of the others -- Geoff Pierson seemed the most masculine Frank. John Sanderford--a little more goofy maybe. Other than Michael Hawkins, the other Franks have all had very long acting careers. I recall that about 10 years ago, in a blog radio interview, Helen Gallagher (Maeve) said Geoff Pierson was her favorite Frank. On the old Soapnet forum - Nancy Addison's husband posted, when he was finishing up his book on Nancy (I guess the book never got published) - had taken questions from the posters and he said Andrew Robinson was the Frank that Nancy enjoyed working with the most.
  23. Probably having a columnist, still describing an actor who had been front burner for two years as a neophytes, didn't do Kelli any favors. Rose Alaio (Rose) said the show didn't give Kelli help or encouragement as an actress. Ellen Barrett was unduly hard on her. I thought they would have had Kim land a role on The Proud and The Passionate.
  24. Chuckled when Karen mentioned Tribute -the Jack Lemmon movie. Catherine Hicks (Faith #3) was in the play with Jack (the following HBO host mentioned the movie had been a hit play first) and the play was the reason she left Ryan's Hope and Karen was hired. Thanks, Carl!
  25. I had put this in the Ryan's Hope thread in September - Ilene Kristen (Delia #1, Ryan's Hope/ Georgina, One Life to Live/ Norma, Loving/Madeline, Another World/Roxie, One Life to Live) makes a guest appearance as a rock star client of Jeff's. Aired March 17, 1980. Ilene can be seen at approx.12:08, 20:14, and 37:52
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