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  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, but back in the day I imagined an updated opening where we super zoomed in on the hourglass, and Truman Show-style, scenes from the past and actors' images were reflected on grains of sand slo-mo falling through time.
  2. There's a clip on YouTube of Grant Aleksander relating this story/these words of wisdom Beverlee McKinsey shared with him during their GL days.
  3. It's NOT gonna happen ChickenNuggetz92, it's NOT gonna happen!
  4. Conversed with/Worked with/Know personally: -Julia Barr -Allison Hirschlag -Marj Dusay -Lawrence Saint Victor Chatted with at the '99 Emmys: -Jeanne Cooper -Lisa Peluso -Stephen Schnetzer -Charles Keating -Kale Brown -Linda Dano -Shemar Moore Spotted around town in NYC: -James DePaiva (UWS) -Sherri Saum (UWS, multiple times) -Colin Egglefield (Barnes and Noble) -Erika Paige (H&M) Social media exchanges: -Susan Lucci -Robin Strasser -Victoria Wyndham -Linda Dano Missed opportunity: -Ellen Holly (my parents dropped me off for college in Westchester County, NY; they checked into their hotel and met Ellen Holly in the elevator, she was attending a family birthday party)
  5. @Khan This is the theme you were speaking of... SOD disparaged the smooth jazz version of HOTL and praised this return to an upbeat version but imo it was way inferior to the original and the smooth jazz.
  6. Erica did get a couple of tongue in cheek mentions when Sydney's old flame, Jackson Montgomery made crossover appearances (Sydney snarkily referring to Erica as, "Whatshername"). But to your point, my gut reaction was no way. However, the more I consider it, I think it could have worked for a matter of months, like Rosemary Prinz's favor to Agnes Nixon back in 1970. I immediately thought of the rumored Alexis spinoff from Dynasty and how that would have crippled the parent show. I don't think Our Private World did much damage, while we certainly wouldn't want anything resembling Texas Iris for Erica in The City. But I like the idea of Erica back in New York mixing with Olga and Tess in the modeling industry, dining at Nexus... And the reboot proved what we always knew, that Erica is one of many inimitable PV personalities and the story holds up just fine with her in absentia. I love Morgan Fairchild and I loved Sydney Chase, so no regrets, but perhaps Susan Lucci would've been the better way to go. One never knows, I mean look at the dud that was the Rae Cummings parade. Star power can only get you so far with tepid storytelling.
  7. Mr. Dennehy signed our Playbills and chatted with a few of us who went into the city to catch a matinee of Death of a Salesman on Broadway. He was a wonderful Willy Loman and seemed like a kind man. And of course soap geek here mentioned Elizabeth being on GL ("Oh yeah, she was on there for a little while..."). RIP
  8. I work about a block away from Neiman's here in the D.C. area. Their Christmas book is legendary, I've got 2019's still on my coffee table. Fantasy gifts include: an Aston Martin designed by Daniel Craig (in blue to match his eyes, natch) for the cheeky price of $700,007; custom Christian Louboutins for $125,000; an $89,000 sable coat; a custom dog house co-designed by Denise Richards at the starting price of $70,000; a makeup masterclass and Istagram video with an IG personality for $400,000... the list goes on. Thanks to the Lifetime movie, more people have been introduced to the Clark Sisters. When Karen was coming out of her coma following terrible complications post-gastric bypass, Dorinda asked Karen if she wanted to go to Neiman Marcus and Karen started rapidly blinking her eyes. 😆 Our answer to Marshall Fields was Hecht's, which all became Macy's. I know MF was acquired by Macy's as well, and I appreciated that MF was able to keep its name. We had a luxury mall that was anchored by Bloomingdales, I. Magnin, and Lord & Taylor. The entire mall has been razed for redevelopment (open air shopping and dining plazas are back in vogue) save for L&T which was promised a mall in their lease. They won a multi-million dollar settlement and the store stands alone surrounded by a huge parking lot and nothingness where a mall once stood. Breaks my '80s nostalgic heart.
  9. Jeffrey Osborne's theme is right up there with Peabo's as far as I'm concerned, I still sing it in the shower.
  10. I love the closing theme, but damn if its melancholy quality didn't make me sad as hell once cancellation was announced. They're LOVE BIRDS Khan, get it!? 😜 [email protected] As for Generations' theme, for years I remembered it to be Joplin's The Entertainer before WoST came along.
  11. Indeed, I'm also a Marylander and I met one of Laura (then) Sisk's childhood friends at a Britney Spears/P. Diddy concert at the Verizon Center, of all places. This was back when one could smoke indoors at the bar. We were shooting the [!@#$%^&*] about television and this lady who looks like Kelly Coffield in glasses shares that she grew up with Laura... small world. I believe Laura and her husband/former husband (I don't know, I don't keep up) met in College Park. I'm from Silver Spring where Evangeline's family was from on One Life to Live. * * * * * Apparently, Roberta Flack was making the NY soap rounds at this time. This must have been after Hold on to Love on Guiding Light so I guess there was no non-compete clause.
  12. I didn't realize that Robert La Tourneaux had played Mike. I must have seen some of his episodes a few years ago. Was he the Mike right before Assante?
  13. She was rather icy (gathered, composed) in the episode I watched at Paley, as well. There's some not-so-great audio of her Niki on YouTube, but even that little bit is a treasure for those of us who never got the chance to see her. She seems to be affecting sort of a Bronx accent which is fun and not at all what I'd expected. I would love to see more of Gillian in those first years. I'd also love to see a scene Erika Slezak described in an interview... Viki was ill and bedridden while Dorian gave a glamorous party downstairs at Llanfair. Dorian unveiled a portrait of herself above the mantle, hanging in place of Eugenia's. Much to the surprise of the guests and to the chagrin of Dorian, Viki makes a breathtaking entrance to the party descending the Llanfair staircase in a flowing white gown, stealing Dorian's show.
  14. WilSon, y'all don't need no damn kid. 😒
  15. I just assumed they were making room for Morgan Fairchild. And while Steffi was pregnant, I don't think the show was at all interested in having a thirtysomething mother of young children living in 212 Greene St. with the rest of the characters. We got Angie and Jacob fostering Kayla for a time, but that's a different dynamic. The City was all about "chosen family" with the majority of characters starting fresh/striking out on their own in the city with no blood ties on the canvas. Of course the show was criticised for this and we've yet to see it on another daytime soap. Tess was set up as Sydney's foil, and Tess' modeling agency in Sydney's building provided a convenient backdrop for glamor and conflict... Tess, a thorn, literally under Syddy's feet. An hour-long show like AW is a perfect example of handling a diva-heavy cast (Rachel, Felicia, Donna, and Iris all driving story at once), not sure there was room for Loving's leading lady Lisa (alliteration noted) who'd certainly be expected to take on a lesser role to The City's explicit star, Morgan.
  16. If they didn't read soap mags, or whizzed past promos during commercial breaks, I'm guessing many non-Loving AMC fans had no clue. They made no mention of Jeremy's death on AMC iirc, but on Loving, they did give Gwyn the throwaway line that Erica Kane had called offering her condolences. (When Deborah Brewster got a shot at later in life modeling, she made the meta comment about becoming a model, "... just like Erica Kane on All My Children!" But I digress...)
  17. Jocelyn went on to be Sydney's lawyer in The City where it was revealed that she was a former call girl and mistress who was being bribed back into the life by an old John. I have a scene somewhere on my soap YouTube channel where she comes clean to Sydney that she'd had an affair with one of Sydney's business associates; another scene where she's getting all tarted up to go turn a trick. #sexworkiswork
  18. She and Mr. Huber have made some truly adorable cooking videos on her IG during this self-quarantine. Her love for her husband is palpable.
  19. Not unlike Allison Hirschlag before she headed off to Northwestern.
  20. @Chris B I echo @All My Shadows my search was fruitless so I'm guessing it's an unlisted channel. Please and thank you. 😉 I have to say, my mother and I gobbled up those eight episodes of CPW that summer. We were hungry for something soapy in primetime and were fine with the blatant Dynasty rip-offedness as the show was advertised as a limited summer series, we were along for what we knew would be a short ride. Raquel Welch was an early contender for Alexis like Jessica Walter, and they both got a shot at the archetype (Jessica as Ava Marshall in Bare Essence). If anything, I could appreciate seeing through Raquel's Dianna Brock what her Alexis most likely would have been like.
  21. "Gotcha bitch." RS's delivery was pretty delicious.
  22. Who is the young lady Thomas is marrying? Haven't watched in months, only caught a couple minutes.
  23. No Rafe, you do not owe Ben an apology, no one owes that psycho killer anything. Same Todd Manning [!@#$%^&*] recycled over and over again. Speaking of time jump, I flipped to CBS for a couple minutes, flipped back and Kayla and company went from gassed and passed out in a locked storage room to the hospital with Kayla in her lab coat and everyone with the medical thumbs up. (!?!?) Left me scratching my head that they didn't stretch that out longer. I guess there are other burning storyline priorities. If I walked in on a man standing over my sleeping sister with a pillow in his hands I certainly would have jacked him up by the lapels and not had a calm measured conversation with him. I laughed and shook my head at every commercial break. I tried to give the show the benefit of the doubt of it having its own identity, style. But I really think it's just garbage. It doesn't feel like they're writing for adults. Feels like a 70s live-action comic book like The Secrets of Isis or Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, except bad.
  24. It irked me how the doctor not once but twice went to stick a needle in the back of Marlena's neck without even lifting her hair.
  25. Linda Dano was on last night's airing of MGHS Hour. I was wondering about which network aired the show because they had stars from all of the big three. Am I incorrect when I assume the original MG primarily featured CBS stars? I have to agree @All My Shadows it just doesn't have the charm of either original show. I tune in just to see which random '80s personalities are going to be panelists. The other day it was painful to watch CNR sit there stone-faced and reactionless while he wrote out his answer card as that comedian whose name escapes me (looks like a mix between Jerry Garcia and Wilford Brimley) tryied his hardest to steal the show with lame ass jokes.
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