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3 hours ago, robbwolff said:

I have so few memories of the PFS period. It was so quick. I know that PFS took over as head writer of Ryan's Hope in late 1983. Was she also creating Scruples when she was head writing RH? 

 

Right, PFS's tenure was far too brief. I must say, although she is one of the best daytime soap writers, IMHO, her version of RH felt stilted and forced. I wonder how much network interference and poor producing were to blame. Didn't she work on the proposed Scruples series in 1984? If so, she was probably writing RH at the same time, although I don't know for sure.

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2 hours ago, Soapsuds said:

I loved how Carolyn said that the west coast actors thought they were stars and thus didn't need to have their line memorized. Sounds like Y&R to me.

 

Here is the interview in case anyone missed it.

 

 

The ladies were great. Despite being interviewed by Alan.

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8 minutes ago, soapfan770 said:

How was Gail Kobe on B&B compared to her Texas and GL tenures? I never hear it brought up but I guess she was neutered by the Bells?

 

To be fair, I though Kobe's Texas was a vast improvement over Paul Rauch's. But there was very little history for her to purge, and she did not axe the majority of the existing cast. 

 

While I did not think Bill Bell did his best work on early B&B, and while many actors in the original cast were quite bad, I would say that B&B with Kobe was also better than TGL had been with her. As you say, she was probably reigned in by the Bells. 

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12 hours ago, robbwolff said:

 

The stuff about Lisa Brown doesn't surprise me. About 8 years ago, a friend who worked behind the scenes at ATWT and GL described Lisa and Martha Byrne as being the "mean girls" on the World Turns set.

I can see that about Brown..I have read other people write about her on the set..what may be seen as bitchy and aloof might be a focus as one of the actresses said...but out right mean? Maybe that's why Kobe and Long minimized Nola, though she had more story left ( I would have killed off Quint as that was a one way road that ended..) But Martha? I read that she was the one who kept the morale up during the years after Marland leading up to Goutman and TPTB were grateful for that...(didnt last forever as we see how Goutman treated her.)

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14 hours ago, robbwolff said:

 

The stuff about Lisa Brown doesn't surprise me. About 8 years ago, a friend who worked behind the scenes at ATWT and GL described Lisa and Martha Byrne as being the "mean girls" on the World Turns set.

 

I don't believe this about Martha Byrne at ALL! Not one single bit.

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I always felt Lisa B was more method, more reserved.  She came to work to work..and not socialize.  So I could see how some people might read that as rude/cold/mean.

 

Martha..not sure I would deem her as mean...just maybe a tad dramatic.

 

The Carolyn/Kristen interview proved people that didn't work together can still interview well.

 

Also both of them were talkative and wouldn't let Alan sidetrack them either.

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I'd love to ask Alan Locher, "So, who was this 'priest,' named 'Father Ruthledge' who supposedly existed in TGL's early days?

 

Also, if I had been in the interview with KV and CAC, I would have been baffled too when Alan asked, "Did you ever work with Violet?"

 

Um..WTF was Violet?

 

Alan first stumbled around that name (it turned out he was referring to the character of Mrs. Violet Renfield, whom nobody actually referred to as Violet) and then admitted he wasn't sure of the actress' real name or how to pronounce it.

 

UGH! If he chooses to ask a question about a past character/cast member, shouldn't he have some, any, idea of what he's trying to talk about?

 

Alan claims to have been a longtime fan and publicist for P&G, and yet he so often proves that he has little knowledge of major facts.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Soapsuds said:

I'm not buying the Martha gossip either.

This is first hand knowledge from someone who actually worked closely with cast members. A very reputable and honorable person. I have no reason to doubt him. 

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8 hours ago, vetsoapfan said:

I'd love to ask Alan Locher, "So, who was this 'priest,' named 'Father Ruthledge' who supposedly existed in TGL's early days?

 

Also, if I had been in the interview with KV and CAC, I would have been baffled too when Alan asked, "Did you ever work with Violet?"

 

Um..WTF was Violet?

 

Alan first stumbled around that name (it turned out he was referring to the character of Mrs. Violet Renfield, whom nobody actually referred to as Violet) and then admitted he wasn't sure of the actress' real name or how to pronounce it.

 

UGH! If he chooses to ask a question about a past character/cast member, shouldn't he have some, any, idea of what he's trying to talk about?

 

Alan claims to have been a longtime fan and publicist for P&G, and yet he so often proves that he has little knowledge of major facts.

 

 

 

 

That's just embarrassing. 

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