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  1. From the beginning, Pam & her agents were fighting with Screen Gems about how little she was used on Y&R. She was getting a lot of offers for primetime work, but she couldn't accept it because of Y&R. She was only appearing on Y&R once a week and making $350 an episode. The argument from her camp was she was being under used and underpaid which could have been averted if Screen Gems would let her do primetime work when she wasn't on Y&R.
  2. I created my first soap opera, LIFE'S JUST BEGUN, in the 8th grade during lunch because my classmate said I should write one. After that, it was off to the races. I don't remember much about it, but I did use those characters again years later for a thesis project re-titled AFFAIRS OF THE HEART. I later turned AOTH into a radio soap opera pilot. We shopped it around to US radio stations, but not enough bit to make a financially viable. AOTH was much more in the vein of a classic ABC soap with four intertwined families. The richest family in town were the black billionaire Russ family who came
  3. Y&R's classic production model 80s-00s was very segmented. You wouldn't see or work with anyone other than the actors in your scenes. Everything is taped on one set before moving to another set, which means call times, arrivals, departures, hair and make-up calls, are all staggered from 7AM-7PM. For instance: 7AM Call: Newman Boardroom (Act 2, Scene 3; Act 3, Scene 1, Act 5, Scene 2) Victoria, Jack, Victor, Ashley, Jill 9AM Call: Crimson Lights (Prologue A, Scene 1; Prologue B, Scene 3; Act Four, Scene 1) Mackenzie, Nick, Sharon, Billy, JT, Brittany
  4. Ooo... Thanks for sharing! I’m still holding out that one day we’ll see Phillip Chancellor, III’s death and the aftermath.
  5. The second episode of Y&R is Brenda Dickson (and Jill's) first episode of Y&R.
  6. The primetime writers' room varies from soap to soap. I know AMC required most of their writers to live in or around NYC since the breakdown writers and head writer would meet in a conference room. Other soaps are written remotely with tons of calls, emails, etc. It's just the preference of the show's owner and/or head writer.
  7. I never wrote for Promises, but I tried like hell to get a script read for consideration. I would have written sample scenes or a few sample scripts just to get in the door. We interns were unpaid labor, but most of us were lucky. Our parents paid for our rent, living expenses, cars, etc. while we interned on the soaps. It was truly a position a certain level of privilege could provide. I'm glad I was able to offer some insight to the behind the scenes of American soaps. As I mentioned before, I have hesitated for a long time about telling this story in a public forum for a variety o
  8. Thanks for sharing your message. It can be rough out there, but, somehow, one keeps going...
  9. We've talked a lot about racism and representation with characters and actors, I'd like to share my experience as a black guy who interned and tried to work in daytime. My memories are below. You can ask me anything and I'll try to answer it. I have long left daytime behind and with everything going on now, some memories have re-surfaced and I hope by writing this it excises them once and for all. -MikeLyons I have long hesitated as to whether or not I should share my story about working on daytime soaps, but with the conversations being had about racism in Soap Land, I felt
  10. This seems like a very thinly veiled attack on Eric Braeden - who has used cue cards.
  11. Does anyone have the full December 29, 1994 episode which re-aired on July 1st? It was preempted halfway through for another news conference in the Los Angeles market.
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