Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About mikelyons

  • Rank

Recent Profile Visitors

1,108 profile views
  1. mikelyons

    Y&R: Old Articles

    SO excited! Can’t wait!
  2. Y&R Katherine & Victor Dru & Victor (I don't know if they ever really explored this fully, but whenever they had scenes, they were wonderful.) AMC Erica & Palmer Jenny & Jesse (loved them!!!) Nick & Mona PASSIONS Tabitha & Timmy (loved them, too!!) OLTL Viki & Bo
  3. mikelyons

    Y&R: Old Articles

    The descriptions from 1973 are in the Bell archive. I believe they are Bill Bell's synopses of his episodes (or an assistant wrote them from his script). I recall reading the two weeks and remember seeing Jill & Greg mentioned in Episode #2 of Y&R.
  4. I'm more curious to know why Josh is head writing the show when he came in as a temporary replacement for Lisa de Cazotte (a supervising producer & probably one of Steve Kent's cronies from SANTA BARBARA). Maybe Lisa is coming back & Sony installed Tony as executive producer because being showrunner would be too much for breakdown-prone Josh. I'll poke my sources... The Rosales family is all Angelica. Don't let her fool you! She installed her friend to oversee Y&R and that friend is out of her depth. Margot Wain is overseeing B&B and PRICE IS RIGHT. Without someone like Margot Wain running interference between Angelica & Y&R, the show will never recover. Maybe this is why B&B has been steadier while Y&R been flung about with no care at all. From my own experience of trying to get an internship at AMC in the early-00s, they had zero interest in bringing in someone who wasn't a friend or family member. It seemed like their writing program was the same way. The Sony soaps, which could easily have a writing program if they wanted to invest in the next generation of talent. So could B&B. So could DAYS. At this point, I feel like they don't want to get better, invest in the future, etc. It's sad to see.
  5. Ha! I haven't been interested in spilling said tea. I was made aware of this just before the news broke, so, yeah. Apparently, all of this went down because Mal couldn't execute Angelica's vision and he was finally let go (She has no vision, but that's neither here nor there). It's a shame really. I don't know what went down when Josh came to Y&R, but something led to Mal firing. Tony Morina has been on the show for 14 years or so and is only now taking creative control of the ship. (John Fisher is Sony's stodge.) Again, even my best sources don't know what happened, but maybe Josh found an opening and pounced. Maybe Josh talked up the Rosales family which touched Angelica's heart. Who knows? The show is in a deplorable state, it looks like it's filmed in a community theatre seat, the actors aren't invested, the blocking is lazy, and it's a damn shame. I was last told Y&R had one of the biggest budgets in TV ($100m per year, cut to about $70m-$80m when JFP came on board - I need to pull my docs from the Sony hack to confirm), so there's no excuse for what we've seen on screen since they fired Maria Arena Bell. However, Steve Kent and Angelica McDaniel are still in control. Until they leave, round in circles we go. Televest was running P&G's daytime writer's program by 2007. I applied and was accepted. I kept pestering them for an update of what to do next when I received an email stating they were shutting it down and that was that. It was the same with ABC. They kept the program open, yet they never took on new writers. It was always: "Try again next year. We're giving it a hiatus. We'll be in touch, etc., etc., etc." The internal way of moving up has been dulled, too. Sara Bibel & Michael Montgomery moved up the ranks internally under Kay's watch in the early-00s which may make them the last holdovers from the Bell era.
  6. mikelyons

    Y&R: Old Articles

    There was a real Colonnade Room at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel, which was closed in 1967 and demolished in 1969. Chicago native Bell probably kept the name alive after frequenting it with Lee. One can only imagine! Here’s an image: https://www.amazon.com/Colonnade-Room-Edgewater-Illinois-Original-Vintage/dp/B01N6791U9
  7. mikelyons

    BTS harassment at Y&R

    I’m that poster. Again, Griffith is a temp replacement for Lisa; the show let her have time off. She hasn’t been fired.
  8. Beth quit because of Mal’s treatment towards her. Lisa is temporarily off the show for a very personal reason; I won’t say more. The show graciously gave her time off and that’s all I’ll ever say about it. Everyone is hoping she’ll be back soon!
  9. Yes. Her temporary replacement is Josh Griffith. She wasn't fired. I can't delve into the details, but Lisa wasn't fired & Josh is a temp.
  10. mikelyons

    Emmerdale: Discussion Thread

    I’m a sucker for a big soap party... Maybe I’ll tune in.
  11. mikelyons

    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    I can agree with this list.
  12. mikelyons

    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    Agreed. Even though AMC has been off the air for a long time, people still know Erica Kane and the title All My Children still means something.
  13. mikelyons

    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    Indeed! Without ATWT setting the bar and the template with the help of Agnes and Bill, we don’t get the soaps’ greatest period: The 70s. OLTL, AMC, and Y&R really shook new ground and played up what ATWT had created.
  14. mikelyons

    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    It’s a very broad topic with tons of variables, but I’ll play: Greatest Soap (US) As the World Turns: It was the first half hour soap and really set the tone for a modern TV soap opera. The cultural impact goes beyond JFK’s assassination. At one point, people discussed Bob, Lisa, Nancy, Penny, et al as if they were real, breathing people. Moreover, its twenty-ish year run as TV’s number one soap was something that had never been done before. The show was co-created by Irna Phillips, Ted Corday, and Agnes Nixon. Their impact on the industry alone came to a head on TV after years spent working together on radio soaps. Bill Bell also served as a writer on the show, and, with Irna, co-created TV’s first super bitch, Lisa (who, I’ll always hold was the real springboard for Rachel, Erica, Jill, etc.). It was also the first soap (in my eyes) which finally cast off the traditions to radio and fully embraced TV. Yes, ATWT lost its way (which soap hasn’t), but it truly set the bar by which all other soaps were measured. If you watch an episode of ATWT from its first 20 years, they always grab you and remain relatively fresh today. Greatest Soap (UK) Coronation Street. I really don’t like it, but I will fully admit that it is the greatest soap to come out of the UK and it remains a ratings & awards champ to this day. Ha! I was writing my answer when you posted yours.
  15. mikelyons

    All My Children questionaire (please help my thesis)

    I started watching AMC in utero, but my first memories of AMC begin on Thanksgiving Day, 1990 which I believe was Kelly Ripa's first episode. Since my mom watched AMC from the first episode, it became something of a touchstone in our house. I believe I was always aware that the show had writers, but once I started buying soap opera books, I became fully aware of Agnes Nixon and her importance on the show and genre. I believe that first time I noticed a difference in the writing of AMC was when Disney bought ABC (1994-95-ish). They changed the classic falling picture opening to the one against the white background...and I loathed it. That was the beginning of the end for me as the show seemed to lose its fun, its drama, and its heart. I always loved AMC because I believed in Pine Valley and its residents. It's hard to explain, but it was a TV show which had a heart, fine stories & fine dialogue, excitement, drama, the whole lot. You had nuts like Janet, tortured heroines like Natalie, warm mothers like Mona & Ruth, stand-up guys like Trevor, hunks like Dimitri and, of course, Erica Kane. AMC always felt like home to me, but, alas, that home was systematically torn down from 1994-95 until the very end. It's a fact that still breaks my heart to this day. (PS: The only time I've ever cried while watching TV was the death of Harold the Dog. Ugh. That was hard.)