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  1. Did we all forget to mark the 88th anniversary of the Soap Opera?  It happened yesterday according to WLS.

     

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      Soaps were so important to people back then, helping millions with the pain and toil of an uncertain life. I wish that people in the industry knew even today soaps could have that power. We need them more than ever. 

    2. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Yes, me too. 

      Even when the genre was at its height, the execs behind the production companies did little to promote the art of the daytime drama, other than as a cash cow.  

      The people in the industry have been actively diminishing their own product for about a good twenty years now.  

  2. Did Judy Garland really curse out Grace Kelly for "stealing" what Garland thought was her Oscar from for A Star Is Born

    1. Khan

      Khan

      I wouldn't be a bit surprised.

    2. BetterForgotten

      BetterForgotten

      Judy wasn't even at the Oscar's that night (she was in the hospital giving birth to her son), but she was a raging alcoholic (not to mention her pill addiction) at the time so it wouldn't be a surprise. By all accounts, it was Judy's increasingly difficult reputation in Hollywood that cost her that Oscar - most critics seem to agree she deserved it over Kelly, but Kelly was America's sweetheart and the ideal American beauty at the time, so she was a safer choice than Judy. 

       

      Poor Judy was eaten and spit out by the industry that made her and also broke her. 

    3. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      This is what I mean by awards and awards shows being a flawed measure of greatness (see: Greatest Soap thread remarks) but folks keep going on and on about how awards are some objective metric of quality.  They're not, they're totally subjective and biased, just like much of how we evaluate art.

      Thanks for proving my point @BetterForgotten:wub:

  3. Watching this interview with Kathy Griffin and it has the frankness that you'd expect but it's provides a very informative play by play on recent events in her career.

     

    1. DaytimeFan

      DaytimeFan

      Loved this interview. The Breakfast Club did a great job and they clearly understood and liked her.

  4. Honestly, if any producer of daytime soaps had a lick of sense he/she would've rebooted a revamped Capitol at least two years ago!

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      As long as they avoided the usual broadcast network suspects, the show would stand half a chance. 

      Politics are the new soap opera and have been for at least two years now.

    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      I think this would be a great idea for something like OWN. The main networks wouldn't have the guts. 

    3. ReddFoxx

      ReddFoxx

      Good point. Politics is full of drama as it is so the writers would have little trouble coming up with scripts.

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  5. Help: Is there a way to ensure AutoPlay is off when embedding a video into thread posts?  Sometimes when I embed a video, the video plays on a loop and I haven't been able to stop it from playing over and over.

    Can someone help? Is there something in the Source code that can help?  

    Halp! Please.:unsure:

    1. DramatistDreamer
    2. ChitHappens

      ChitHappens

      Awwwww :( 

      There has to be some tekkies in here with some input.

    3. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      At this point, I feel like it's Streamable's fault.  I did a quick check online and I'm seeing that all videos that used Streamable software play on a loop! 

       

      It's a shame because Streamable was so easy to use, but I unless someone from the company gets back to me with instructions on how to make sure the video doesn't keep looping, I'll have to find another free software to use (preferably one that I don't have to download and take up space on my computer).

       

      This is becoming too complicated just to post/embed some clips.

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  6. Sally Field is relieved that her forthcoming memoir won't be read by Burt Reynolds.

    Sally Field Talks About Her Life ‘In Pieces’

  7. R.I.P. to the Village Voice. I have memories!

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      The first time I ever heard of it was when I used to watch The Gossip Show (I loved that show) on E, and Michael Musto was on there every week with his catty tidbits. 

    2. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      TVV had some of the most insightful articles on NYC politics and culture, especially when it intersected events on the national stage.  The paper had a broad scope, while being very much rooted in NYC culture and politics as a local paper (that is, until corporate owners began to strip the paper for parts).  

      The strange thing is that the paper almost had a dual identity.

      Being a periodical that could keep its reader engaged and well informed on every level-- I can remember reading high-quality investigative reporting, provocative pieces about art and culture and also looking for jobs and apartments in the classifieds. 

      But then there were those ads in the back- Ick! 

      Once you got beyond a certain section of the paper, it felt really embarrassing to be in possession of the paper in a public space. 

      I remember being on the subway, engrossed in the articles and then suddenly feeling self-conscious, wondering whose eyes were on me to see if I was going to look at those awful ads toward the back of the paper.

      The sad truth was, that The Village Voice was likely relying on those ads toward the back of their paper to fund their publication-- those unseemly ads were probably paying for much of the newspaper's operation, evident what resulted from the removal of those ads.

      Anyway, even those memories of sitting on the subway, wanting to dump the scandalous ads in the back makes me giggle a little now, in retrospect.

  8. Hawaii doesn't want LANE either.  Lane Lane go away!

  9. As Scott Bryce's Craig Montgomery once said to Finn Carter's Sierra Montgomery "[Honey] can we please get this guy outta our lives?!"  That's how I feel today.

  10. A movie that Kevin Spacey co-starred in made $126 at the Box Office.  Not 126 million dollars, 126 Dollars!  

    1. I Am A Swede

      I Am A Swede

      I'm sure they got paid, but it must be disappointing for them that all their work on this film has more or less been in vain because of Spacey's behaviour. Something they had no control over.

    2. ChitHappens

      ChitHappens

      Not arguing with you at all, but I can't imagine anyone involved has not moved on since making this movie. Ecpectations should have been non existent. 

    3. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      I'm wondering whether his castmates and crew would rather everyone forget they made this movie and are eager to move on.  It went to VOD first, never a sign of confidence.

       

      Also, the movie was made two years ago, why didn't they release it a year and a half ago at least?  Perhaps they never believed the movie to be worthwhile to begin with?

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  11. Wow, the login page for this site looks a mess right now.

    1. I Am A Swede

      I Am A Swede

      I still get a wonky first page and it says "A configuration or server error has occurred"

    2. Taoboi

      Taoboi

      That's what I was getting. It seems fixed on my phone now so hopefully...

    3. DramatistDreamer
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  12. Honestly, though, what a cute kid!

     

  13. Y&Rs 'Hilary' death scenes aired today, CBS stock plunges today.  Karma?

  14. Did anyone see the fan film that Nathan Fillion just starred in?  I'm not a part of that whole fanboy/fangurl comic book culture but the fact that this was essentially generated from outside of the studio system, honestly, tickled me. 

    Would Fillion like to produce a similar effort with a few defunct daytime dramas? ;)

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      You know what? I think I vaguely heard something about it some time ago and I never checked on it again but this sounds familiar.

    2. Wendy

      Wendy

      He does. About a guy who becomes a cop at 40, called "The Rookie". It airs on Tuesdays this fall on ABC.

    3. Taoboi

      Taoboi

      And they are busy putting his image on the side of Petco Park here as I type for this year's San Diego Comic Con. ;)

       

       

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  15. Television executive once called the sitcom Friends a soap opera and he wasn't being sarcastic or facetious. He meant it as a compliment when he described Friends as a "brilliant, twenty-something soap opera...and it was funny!" 

    Too bad other the production companies that produce the daytime soaps don't seem to see it this way.

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      It's fitting as many of the same criticisms I've heard of it also tend to be criticisms of soaps.

    2. BetterForgotten

      BetterForgotten

      Friends was over-hyped [!@#$%^&*] - fitting it came about in the mid-90's when soaps were starting to deteriorate at a rapid pace. 

    3. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Of course Friends was overhyped and overrated as hell but at least NBC knew they had a hit and promoted it as such.  I've read articles from soap actors claiming to beg for better promotion and the production and network executives dismissed them without so much as listening to prospective ideas.

      And daytime dramas (in their heydays) came into people's homes on an almost daily basis and had even more opportunities to leverage their popularity to affect change but chose not to.   And to a certain extent, this includes the performers.

       

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  16. Question: Where is Sharon Brown from Generations these days?   A quick search uncovered this photo from 2015 (she looks great!).

    So she's married to Billy Blanks Jr.?  Maybe a reunion with her previous co-star Kristoff St. John is due!

    fun-girl-and-husband-duo-pic.jpg

    1. ReddFoxx

      ReddFoxx

      She's also a pretty good singer and does a nice "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls.

       

    2. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Oh yeah, I remember her singing abilities.  I'll always remember that episode of A Different World where her character scoops Whitley and Jaleesa for that spot as one of Gladys Knight's backup singers when she blows the competition out of the water once she starts to sing.:lol:  Brown also displayed nifty comedic timing in that episode.

       

      I wonder whether she's still acting (non-musical). Sally Sussman should've reached out to her duing Sussman's HW stint on Y&R. Neil Winters could've used a love interest after Leslie got married off!

       

      Thanks for posting @ReddFoxx.

       

    3. Khan

      Khan

      I'll never forget her as Michael's paraplegic c.b. radio friend on "Good Times," or as young Louise on "The Jeffersons."

  17. R.I.P. Kate Spade

    This particular tweet grabbed my attention, for obvious reasons.

     

     

    1. dragonflies

      dragonflies

      So very sad :( She's David Spade's sister in law?

    2. ChitHappens

      ChitHappens

      Yeah, I never made the connection but he looks just like his brother. 

    3. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      I didn't know that either @dragonflies.

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  18. All you bloggers: How do you ensure that your entries are readable to everyone. What am I doing wrong? Halp!

    1. ReddFoxx

      ReddFoxx

      Did you mark the box to make your blog readable to everyone under the edit blog function? Also make sure the publish button is turned on when you submit an entry. I haven't blogged in awhile but that should be what you need to make your entries visible.

    2. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Last night before I went to bed, I figured out what I was doing wrong, LOL. Instead of going to the blog itself, I was trying to change the settings on the individual blog entry!!  There's a privacy setting on the blog handle, not the entry. Yikes no wonder!

      In April when I did my first post, I had only made it visible to one member and I guess I forgot to change it.:blush::lol:

  19. OMG.

     

    1. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      I just really hate this because original Roseanne was way more like my family than The Cosby Show ever was.

    2. ReddFoxx

      ReddFoxx

      No words. That cover speaks for itself.

    3. Juliajms
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  20. Really, girl?  It took you all this time to realize you were on the wrong side of history?  At least now, low-key racists can't use you as a shield to continue their ignorant ways.

     

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Honestly, I could care less about Roseanne and her trash show but Wanda won't get any applause from me for finally getting off that rat-infested ship, especially seeing as she could see the rats nibbling away before she even got on the ship--hell she saw those rats before she even reached the dock!

       

      ABC is laughable especially after I read that they nixed the Blackish episode that discussed the NFL protests. 

       

      While I was no big fan of Scandal, I'm so glad that Rhimes left their asses for Netflix.

       

      I don't watch The Talk either but I'm curious as to whether ole' girl will discuss the subject on that show, considering that she is the main reason why the reboot happened in the first place.

    2. Khan

      Khan

      You're right about Wanda.  Why would she even agree to work BTS on the show in the first place?  Did she owe Bruce Helford a favor from "Wanda at Large"?

    3. ReddFoxx

      ReddFoxx

      Money talks so of course she would take the position. And she probably quick because she knew that ABC was going to pull the plug. Wanda is one of the few black comics to crossover from Def Jam and has always sort of straddled the line between being safe for white audiences but still can reach black ones too. She plays the money game.

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  21. Didn't know where to post this but, interesting article on the skewing older of TV viewers that is being seen as a less than welcomed aspect of the current entertainment landscape.

    Is this overly pessmisstic? Or simply being realistic? 

     

    Why Traditional TV Is in Trouble

    1. dragonflies

      dragonflies

      @Juliajms If you ever decide on something, Sling TV is pretty awesome and worth the money, and not expensive at all. I love it. I use that with HULU and Amazon Prime Video and all the free stuff I get on ROKU and I'm good to go

    2. Juliajms

      Juliajms

      Thanks Dragonflies. I imagine I will change my mind down the road. This is just a period of life where I don't have as much time for TV, but that's bound to change.

    3. applcin

      applcin

      I think something else that hurts viewership is what the networks, cable included, do, namely: moving shows around the schedule, pulling them off quickly when they don't pass muster fast enough, short seasons with long waits (as much as a year) in between, awkwardly scheduling reruns. Yes, everything has always been about money but there's a disconnect happening on both sides, I think. 

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  22. Bloop!

     

  23. James Shaw is a hero. That is all. 

  24. Y'all best believe that if I create a show that became a huge ratings juggernaut and would still exist 45 years later, in the words of Beyonce "you better say my name"  and put some muthaf*ckin'  respeck on it!

    What is the foolishness that is being spoken??

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Just my defense of a deceased showrunner/headwriter.  Nevermind, carry on.

    2. MichaelGL

      MichaelGL

      "I wish people would stop mentioning Bill Bell." or some nonsense in the Y&R threads. 

    3. Khan

      Khan

      Oh.  Okay.

       

      Yeah, you saw my response.

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  25. Here here, Roxanne Gay!

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