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  1. Won't happen..that half hour belongs to the affiliates, and the ship sailed along time ago. Once the network gives timeslots over to the locals, they NEVER get them back.
  2. I believe Alec Baldwin had kicked the habit by the time he went out to Hollywood (thank goodness)...a few years ago he ran into the clerk who used to run that arcade and the man told him he was for sure Alec was going to end up dead because he was so far out at the time.
  3. THE DOCTORS was just like other shows before cancellation. With most long-running soaps that were victims of the ax,those who had been with the production and developed strong ties and allegiances and fought until the day it went down to keep it going loved the show. Those who were new kids on the block, mostly younger actors who didn't quite grasp what was being lost, just looked at it as another gig and were just as content to move onto the next one...and if the dark cloud has been hanging over a show, it is easy for those with no real investment to later look back and claim that the production was"Toxic" "Like a noose hanging around our heads" "Unpleasant" "Had the smell of death". In regards to TD specifically, the morale on any show on NBC at the time had to be piss poor, day or night, as the network itself was in such a free-fall (SUPERTRAIN or HELLO, LARRY anyone) plus the embarrassment and misfortune resulting from the 1980 Moscow Olympics. In addition, Alec Baldwin has admitted that he was in the depths of cocaine addiction at the time, staying up all night high and playing pinball games in a seedy arcade in Times Square, and Kim Zimmer is the type of woman born to complain about anything!
  4. I LOVED the first theme....it was so thrilling to hear and see the stark images of DC. I was a little kid who watched the soaps with my nanny, and Mrs. Rice was a huge ATWT fan. When it went off at 1:30CST she usually was cleaning up after lunch and would be out of the room, so I would get to see the opening act of CAPITOL and the thunderous credits before she came back into the room and switch over for the last half of ONE LIFE...but the images of CAPITOL have stuck in my head forever, and it to this day is one of my favorites.
  5. Just finished the second half of Season 5, which I hadn't seen since I was six years old...and I must say that it was a pretty crisply written season! Will review more later, but I was impressed, as was much of the country, with the buildup to Moldavia...
  6. Hello! We're talking about DAYS! You know the same show that brought Wayne Northrop back as the husband Marlena FORGOT, even though she went on to marry another man who looked just like him. This is the show that killed off half the cast and brought them back to life with the most inane twist that wouldn't even fly on the old BATMAN series! Making Kate Roberts Kate Winograd would have paled in comparison, and would have been welcome among longterm viewers. LMAO!!!
  7. That is incorrect...TPTB at the time stated in an interview that Kate Roberts WAS NOT Kate Winograd.
  8. DAYS stated that Kate Roberts was a new character and not related to the former Kate Winograd, even though such a tie-in would have been historical genius.
  9. Okay...I had read sources that claimed the ratings for TEXAS inched higher following the move to mornings, but you know how sources can be...Anyway, a solid block of soaps would have been more effective with the audience than a soap here, a game show there, a rerun over there...and yanking soaps after short periods and multiple slot changes.
  10. NBC just never had real affirmative leadership in daytime. It would have made more sense to pair SEARCH and THE DOCTORS in the 3EST/2CST hour and drop CHIPS. I understand that TEXAS was moved from that slot due to the heat from GENERAL HOSPITAL, but its move to the early morning was met with better ratings. Perhaps the two half-hours, coupled with a stronger block of soaps (which would have called for improved writing and consistency in cast and production) from DAYS and AW, with patience, would have resulted in better returns.
  11. Audrey on ONE LIFE was also the character who introduced Mari Lynn to her favorites bar that was in Philadelphia near the FRATERNITY ROW studios (the show as taped in Philly until the studios burned down, at which point the show moved to the studios of WVLE in Llanview)). The bar was called Speakeasy, and was the newly=acquired set from the cancelled RYAN'S HOPE..Ryan's Bar! Subsequently, Max bought the bar and turned it into Max's Place.
  12. From what I've gathered, despite some issues, the show was improving and could have succeeded, but when Lin Bolen took over as head of daytime, she wanted her pet project on the air PRONTO, so she swung the ax at RTTPP to give the timeslot to her concept drama.
  13. Actually the period piece created by John William and Joyce Corrington was called REUNION and was set in the antebellum South during the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. Due to the runaway success of DALLAS, NBC had the Corringtons to morph their creation into what was supposed to be a daytime version of the primetime hit.
  14. I remember distinctly that the tenure of Fran Sears was greeted with positive praise from both the soap press and many fans. Sears helped to bring a tighter focus and personality to the show. It was under under Sears that the show suddenly blossomed into a highly entertaining and downright hilarious daily must-see. The antics of Gwyn and Norma as partners in crime were LOL funny, as well as Ava's battle with Shana for the affections of Leo Burnell had me falling out laughing every day. It seemed as if finally LOVING was about to gain real momentum as buzz began to build, but just as soon as it did, Sears was dismissed. Haidee Granger took over and instantly gutted the structure Sears had set up, and the crackling humor that had set the show apart and gained positive raves was gone overnight.
  15. A crucial element that sets the look of daytime soaps apart from other genres has always been the lighting used...typically soaps are lit by extremely bright, sometimes harsh lights from above that provide a flood of beaming illumination onto the actors and sets. This production technique began to change only following the 1973 debut of Y&R, which was celebrated for John Conboy's innovative low, dark, moody lighting and diverse camera angles that were more in line with the styles of prime time and film. It is ironic how now in 2010 Y&R has abandoned its signature look and is now lit more brightly than a supernova!
  16. I vividly remember the details surrounding Walker's casting, which ultimately resulted in several backstage developments across the whole soap scene that rippled throughout the industry and remain present that to this very day. Heading into fall of 1993, the soap community was abuzz with excitement and anticipation on all three networks...the Daytime Emmys had just moved their ceremony to prime-time and the telecast was achieving excellent ratings. There was growing momentum of competition among the daytime depts. at all three networks, and FOX at this time was making noise about starting their own daytime lineup with soaps (what we didn't know was what was really behind FOX's daytime plans: they were secretly plotting their historic hijacking of the NFL's NFC football contract from CBS, which resulted in dozens of major CBS affiliates switching their affiliation to the fledgling FOX, and those stations would be expecting a strong daytime lineup of network-provided programming). Audience levels, although slipping, were still good and in some cases inching upwards...the daytime leader crown was up for grabs, and the network heads of daytime had figured the neck-to neck race amongst them would be ultimately by the 3-way soap showdown in the 3pm EST/2PM CST , with NBC's plan to see SANTA BARBARA finally succeed in the ratings by settling the years-old series of lawsuits with the Dobsons and bringing them back to the show having failed and NBC dropping out of the 3PM race with the January cancellation of SB, and soon the fight would into all-out warfare in November of 1993. GUIDING LIGHT had been on a creative upswing for couple of years, and Farren Phelps had put together what at the time was being heralded in the press as the soap to possibly be the show to set the standard for excellence in the 90's. The show had surprised many when it suddenly shot up from the middle of the ratings pack to the #3 spot briefly as GH's numbers collasped at the time. But there was trouble ahead: the departures of the headwriting trio that had pulled GUIDING LIGHT together and made it a contender, key cast departures, the biggest being the totally unexpected Beverly McKinsey scandal, and the resulting stalling of storyline momentum. Then ABC pulled a shocker that they thought would blow GL out off the water...at the 1993 Daytime Emmys, the network announced the news that the iconic Luke & Laura would be returning to GH in November! CBS had placed great faith in Farren Phelps and demanded that she show her true worth by coming up with an answer to keep GL competitive against GH...and Farren Phelps responded by wooing her former superstar from her days as EP at SB: Marcy Walker. Walker would debut the same week that Luke & Laura returned to GH, and Farren Phelps plan was to pair Walker with Robert Newman's Josh and create GL's own news "instant" supercouple to knock GH out of the water. The event was heavily publicized and hyped in the media, the industry on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what was billed as an epic showdown. However, the GL plan was an instant flop. First was endless ridicule in the soap press over the name "Tangie" (Marelna De Lacroix hilariously declared "I don't care what Jill Farren Phelps says: I still think we're talking citrus here!") before Walker even debuted. Then there was the utter lack of chemistry between Walker and Newman. Then there was the fact that the storyline, along with the general writing of the entire show at the time, was unimaginative, confusing, and dull. The "showdown" was a knockout from the first week. L&L not only returned to GH with their smae spark and energy, but also with Claire Labine and her children, who took over that show's writing and quickly took the prize as critical darling of daytime, a title that GL had been holding. The fallout was far-reaching. The inability of Farren Phelps to come up with an answer to how to compete with GH damaged her standing with CBS, who demanded that Proctor & Gamble replace her. The result was the great P&G producer switch which saw all three P&G soaps new EPs, a move that many say was the first and or most fatal mistake by the company that ended up destroying all three shows permanently. The blame game for the faltering of GL and the failure of the show to compete with GH got personal and ugly. Initially many pointed at Walker, with some dismissing her star power and questioning whether or not she really was among the industry's top performers. Following her departure from GL and her triumphant return to ALL MY CHILDREN, Walker revealed in several interviews her take on the situation. Most vividly, Walker said that certain people had advanced behind the scenes over the years by using their relationships with other people.."you have people who are average or good line producers, and that's (as far as they should go)..at GL, someone had snagged a high ranking position by promising the network that they could bring it the popular performers this person had once worked with, such as myself. " Walker said that she felt used and that things that had been promised to her had not been delivered, the main thing being good writing. Walker never mentioned Farren Walker specifically by name, but those who know anything at all about daytime knew who the "average line producer" was...Subsequently, when Phelps hired as a consultant at ABC and rumors circulated that she might take over as EP at AMC, rumors ran rampant that Walker was instrumental in using her clout to make sure Phelps stayed away from the show, instead going to ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
  17. The best for me was the 1982-83 season, the battle between JR and Bobby for Ewing Oil. The sheer brilliance of the writing and the intricate plotting from start to finish was off the charts, with each and every character involved in vital manners, and how everything was so well thought out still stands up today as nothing short of spectacular soap opera.
  18. THE VIEW took over THE CITY's studio. When the talk show launched, to save money they used loft penthouse set from THE CITY (which actually was the Alden mansion from LOVING, a set that dated back to the debut in 1983)
  19. I'm a big fan of the late Pat Falken Smith, but her tenure on RYAN'S HOPE helped to kill the show. Her talents were simply not suited for the show...she would have been a better fit for ONE LIFE at the time, or perhaps she could have been the one to put some real spark into LOVING to make it a contender. No doubt she was under a mandate from ABC to GH the show, but her efforts were taken too far to the extreme. There was simply no heart to the show under her...the blowing up of Ryan's Bar has to be one of the most unforgivable acts ever in daytime drama. I personally could never stand Max Dubujak...in fact, I never have cared for Daniel Pilon in any of the roles I've seen him in, from DALLAS to RYAN'S to his take as Alan Spaulding on GUIDING LIGHT. When Marg Helgenberger left and was replaced by the dull Carell Meyers (one of the worst recasts in history), the whole Dubujak saga became even more unbearable. I was pissed when Max made his final return in the show's final days to blow himself and Joe up, robbing viewers of seeing Joe and Soibhan have a happy ending...although we know a little thing like dying never really kept Joe from staying alive!
  20. That Bochco series was the infamous "Bay City Blues", one of the most notorious flops of the 1980's...basically Bochco attempted to give the Hill Street Blues/St. Elsewhere treatment to a minor league baseball team with dreadful results...if Harmon thought that was a break, I wonder how in the world he has lasted so long in the business!
  21. Schemering didn't day a deal was actually being worked on at any time for LOVE OF LIFE. His book states that the producers and writers simply played out the scripts as already written before the cancellation notice was given just in case that perhaps the show could perhaps find another home, as had happened with EDGE.
  22. When Gloria Monty left GENERAL HOSPITAL the first time, she signed a production deal with FOX and she developed, along with her sister Norma, a sixty-minute soap about a blue collar family. However, the show never saw the light of day...but Monty used a good portion of the idea upon her return to GH with the introduction of the Eckert family.
  23. In the late 80's there was considerable buzz around FAMILIES, a proposed daily hour long soap that was at first shopped around to the networks, and then attempts were made to launch it in syndication. The main reason for most of the buzz was due to the rumor that John F. Kennedy, Jr., who at the time had failed the bar exam TWICE and whom it had been rumored had really wanted to be an actor, had audition for a role on the show.
  24. It should also be noted that even after the show moved to ABC, right up to it's demise in late 1984, EDGE was still a popular draw...in the markets in which it could be seen. In the cities where the show was shown at it's proper time, EDGE consistently placed second and even first in the timeslot, particularly in big cities. However, those wins simply were not enough to make up for the large number of affiliates not airing the program. In fact, ABC did not cancel EDGE. The network very much wanted to keep the show on the air, but in the fall of 1984 came news that come January 1985 a huge chunk of the stations that were showing EDGE would be dropping it, most of them choosing to replace it with more lucrative syndicated fare. At that point the economics simply didn't work for P&G, and they pulled the plug.
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