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  1. SFK


    I saw Tommy Tune on the subway once. I don't care what anyone says, they still haven't topped Anita Morris' "Call from the Vatican", that William Ivey Long costume, those moves, that BODY:
  2. The show would have gotten pretty diva heavy (like Another World, Rachel, Felicia, Donna, Iris) with Ava there too, they seemed more interested in making Tess Sydney's foil, and as someone else said, freeing Alex up for Jocelyn.
  3. Raidue, those Eye-talians and their 30 min. U.S. soap operas. The word "fired" never crossed my mind either, though I sensed it was more of a mutual decision, like Lisa wanted to take a break as well. Two years later, she was playing Lila on AW (which looked even more fun for her than Ava). I like Lisa, but in my heart I'll always think of that exotic beauty, the late Roya Megnot as Ava, she was like Erica and Tina rolled into one. Gone fart oo young. I guess whoever edited this clip wasn't that much of a fan as he/she seems to have edited her scenes out.
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    I met Michele at a gala a few years back (she gave me several kisses on the cheek for remembering her Pollyanna speech) where she sang some torch song, the name of which I forget. She can definitely hit that back row, she has a strong, warbley belt. She, Lucie and Lainie are pals, they'd be great in a staged reading musical version of something like The Cemetery Club for a benefit. I'm not a musical freak like you Eric, but if I could chose one from the past that I would have loved to have seen live, it would have been the OBC of Dreamgirls. To witness firsthand all of those innovative filmic elements Michael Bennett brought to his brilliantly oxymoronic "lavish black box" staging would have been an awesome theatregoing experience. Not to mention Jennifer Holliday...
  5. Yeah, that's pretty much what I've seen. I'd love to see that Rue stuff too, and apparently some of it still exists in color kinescope form as seen in a short clip on her Intimate Portrait.
  6. Carl, have you seen any of Strasser's Rachel? There's some of it out there, I'll try to get what I have up on YouTube ONE of these days.
  7. Yes CSF, they made them for Capitol too. I was at an amusement park back in the mid-'80s, and in one of the gift shops they had a kiosk full of these novels from various soaps.
  8. LOL, I'm leaving that alone. But looking back, it really was an interesting time when we had Gilly there, and Vivian on contract with Charles recurring, Marcus I just never really liked, he annoyed me, and Dahlia was cool I suppose. My clearest memory of her was when she sung "Someone to Watch Over Me". I guess I took their presence for, er... Granted. Save for Y&R when Dru was still living, that was the last time I remember such a large African-American presence on a soap, not just a family but their outside relations as well. I was VERY excited about the black Spauldings, which turned out to be the black Spaulding, singular. What a let down. I wanted to see more Spauldings, regardless of color, because I enjoy watching interfamily fighting among the rich.
  9. I love that Ernie Anderson is doing the v.o., this obviously aired in primetime. I used to love to hear him say "Dynasty" and "The Colbys", his voice just takes me back.
  10. Okay, I just had to come back and say that I am in stitches over those clips. Those musical numbers are a trip, it's like that one time Natalie sang to baby Tommy on OLTL x 4 in ONE episode, like watching a Broadway musical. Especially the older black lady's number, with the other characters it could kinda pass off as just singing, but she basically breaks out in a sung monologue standing up in the kitchen no less while that boy with the parted blow-dried '80s hair just stares up at her for what feels like five minutes. Good times, good times...
  11. L!O!L! That Michele is a warbler, I heard her sing live once. Regardless of one's beliefs, I'm just impressed by the fact that Pat Robertson and whoever threw together a soap down in VA that looked just as good as (in some cases, better than) what was going on up in NY or over in CA. I feel like anybody could do it if they really tried, we were talking about this months ago, the idea of soaps relocating to less expensive cities, but now I'm totally threadjacking. At any rate, this is interesting material, I'm glad somebody out there pressed "Record"!
  12. Years before Generations, O.J. Simpson (let me finish) had worked on a treatment for a new predominantly black soap opera, also called Heart and Soul. And years before that, the late Josephine Premice had worked on a similar idea, undoubtedly hoping to employ many of her talented colleagues who were part of the black New York theatre scene.
  13. I swear, that's the ONLY reason I wanna see her do another soap! No, but seriously, there was some GREAT stuff going on at OLTL when she was there, and sure, maybe she was smelling herself a bit too much, but I get annoyed when I read all of this actor dissension about her time with the show. That era ushered in the biggest and best Dorian/Viki material ever, and imho, Dorian hasn't been written (or acted ) as well since.
  14. Yes, we talked about 13 Bourbon St. a few months back, I too would have loved to see this one come about. I think Gottlieb/Malone at their best is a dream team, and matched with this late night 30 minute concept, now that's a soap boner right there. That guy from ATWT (Michael Park? I don't watch that show so I'm forgetting his name, someone help me here) was in it and when it didn't get picked up that's how he ended up on ATWT iirc. I want to say that Mary Clay Boland cast 13 and was also casting ATWT as she does to this day. Re: SFT/new Bill Bell soap/Capitol, I wonder if that's the source of the Bell/Conboy contention. Though I remember someone saying on here that it started much earlier. I'd assumed that the bad blood came from Conboy leaving Y&R to do Capitol, but maybe it had more to do with the fact that Conboy nabbed what was originally intended to be an opportunity for Bell? Maybe it was an "integrity" issue for Bell, who knows, maybe he'd imagined that he and Conboy would be at the helm of both Y&R and the new show kind of like Rauch and Lemay with AW and L&F/FRFP, but Conboy went and struck out on his own. Can we get Conboy on one of those Buzzworthy shows? I'd settle for Nelson if he asked the right questions and didn't mollycoddle like he did with Rauch.
  15. You know, a gritty NY-based Claire Labine soap would always win out in my book. Of course we'll never know for sure, but I think Lois, Ned, and most likely Tracy headlining H&S would have been so much more enjoyable than PORT CHARLES. Do you think RYAN'S HOPE's ratings history is what scared them off about another Labine 30 minute sudser?
  16. Yes indeed. And apparently John Conboy has had this one cooking for YEARS. I mentioned this a few months ago, but on CAPITOL he had a lot of the action taking place in an Atlantic City casino for a while. Plus he cast showgirl Lola Falana as Charity Blake, and Liberace was a friend of his. So he definitely has an affection for the glitz and glam of Vegas. soapfan770, that was Claire Labine's HEART AND SOUL that I mentioned above. At the time, I really hoped it would be H&S, not hospital-centered PORT CHARLES that would win the spinoff race. H&S was set in Brooklyn, and Ned would have had to put up with Lois's family after years of it being the other way around.
  17. A lot of these I remember from Waggett's "Soap Opera Book of Lists"... HEART AND SOUL Claire Labine's proposed replacement for THE CITY, beat out by PORT CHARLES CELEBRATION Earlier from Labine (bellcurve just mentioned this in the Paul Rauch interview thread), her proposed replacement for CAPITOL GROSSE POINTE Paul Rauch's idea for a CAPITOL replacement CASINO A John Conboy glamour soap set in Las Vegas COMING OF AGE A Melrose Place/The City/"family of friends"-like serial for NBC from the Bells APARTMENT 3-G Actually, the creators of this one don't even know that it's been turned down yet as it's still "Later that same day..."
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    An article from Texas Monthly (page 138): http://books.google.com/books?id=yioEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  19. True, I had braces too and they never looked nearly that bad... well, I never *allowed* them to get that bad, but ugh, disgusting. I wish there was some way I could block that ad.
  20. That Invisalign ad with the girl who's got pizza stuck in her braces seriously makes me want to throw up. I wish it would just go away.
  21. Yeah, the Marland credit thing is weird, I assume it was an ABC/P&G issue. Agnes Nixon is huge enough of a name in the business, perhaps P&G didn't want "their" Marland of the brilliant ATWT era luring any viewers over to ABC at 12:30 with his name? Who knows, but I'm willing to bet that money was exchanged some way some how to get his name off those credits. Yes indeed, Egypt was very Opal, just as Ava and Kate were Erica and Mona etc. Poor Loving, SUCH potential, I'm reminded of stories of Lemay's For Richer, For Poorer, or even The Colbys... I wish Nixon could have been even more hands on. I agree that it was strange to start a soap with a movie pilot starring two big names that wouldn't go on to appear in the show. Had Geraldine Page been a regular on Loving, I'd be busy hunting down eps this very second. She was a brilliant actress, she would have done so much for soaps and soap acting.
  22. Oh my Lord! I am SO sorry to hear that! Such memories of watching her as a little kid in the '80s. Bless her family, may she rest in peace... always hoped to see her again on the screen.
  23. Didn't watch it, but I remember it. I always wanted to catch the jail scene with Robin Strasser playing an over-the-hill prostitute. I'd read about that in one of the soap rags, they praised her work. Go head LHB, she was lookin some kinda good in that one piece. And what can be said about the beautiful Jennifer Beals, she looks even better now. Tuesday Knight? Why not Thursday Ahfternoon? She sure was wearing a lot of fabric. Those opening credits are what KL's should have been like in its final season instead of that loud brassy arrangement. I feel like this is the very early '90s kind of show KL was trying to be in its later seasons, it would have worked if Paige and company were the leads... not a show for the Karen/Mac/Val/Gary set.
  24. "Pod" isn't the right term. I suppose Joanne Dorian's Viki or Margie Impert's Rachel were "pods", lookalikes hired in hopes of cloning the original's magic, the whole thing's a bust when TIIC realize they're dealing with unique human beings. I only meant to draw the Elaine/Elizabeth comparison in terms of good, capable, perfectly acceptable actresses playing the show's "diva" character and being replaced by their own predecessors. Maybe it's the memories of a then young mind, but Gwyn #2 always seemed taller, maybe it was the long hair. Tudor was indeed svelte, but Savage seemed longer-limbed to me. Who knows, maybe it's just my imagination. But there was something very feline, slinky about her, whereas CT was sexual, but on the brittle side, like Ann... I won't go so far as to say we're talking Mary Fickett/Lee Meriwether here, but it can take a little getting used to when a character changes not just physically, but their whole vibe as a human seems to change what you believe motivates them, screws with what you believe they would or would not do. We need some eps on YouTube! I have the desire to compare all these yeas later.
  25. It happened on OLTL, but Bo went to NY to team up with Alex. It was kinda funny b/c when Bo got to NY, the OLTL camera guys did all of these herky jerky establishing shots over cheesy "funky" music to let us know that we were in "The City".
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