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Susan Flannery Is Leaving ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ After 25 Years

First Ron Moss, Now Susan ... Who's Next?

Earlier this month we learned the sad news that original castmember Ronn Moss is leaving the long-running CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful after 25 years reportedly due to a contract dispute. A couple of days later, we learned that Moss‘s character Ridge Forrester will likely be recast with a different actor. Today we learn the equally sad news that fellow original B&B castmember Susan Flannery is also leaving the show after 25 years. This time, it sounds like Flannery‘s exit will be more amicable but still … B&B is losing two of its core four castmembers after 25 years on the air! Dang! More »

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions Plans To Recast The Role Of Ridge Forrester On ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’

Ronn Moss Isn't Merely Being Let Go, He's Being Replaced

Earlier this week we learned the surprising news that original castmember Ronn Moss (who is the only actor ever to play the role of Ridge Forrester) has been let go from the daytime drama series The Bold and the Beautiful due to failed contract negotiations. Today we learn the even more surprising news that Moss isn’t merely being let go, he will likely be replaced. Because Ridge Forrester is such an integral character on the daytime soap, it is being reported that when the character returns to the series he will be played by a different actor!!! More »

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Ronn Moss Is Leaving ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ After 25 Years

The Beginning of the End?

Bad news soap fans, one of the biggest names on one of the most popular daytime dramas is leaving his show after 25 years. Ronn Moss, one of the original castmembers of The Bold and the Beautiful is reportedly leaving the show in the wake of a contract dispute. As you may know, daytime dramas have been going off the air due to financial problems and at this point, there are only 4 daytime soap operas left on US TV. The Bold and the Beautiful has been one of the most popular daytime dramas on all networks and continues to forge ahead successfully … but only because they’ve been able to cut back on their budget. Apparently, budget cutbacks have resulted in the inability for Ronn Moss to stay part of the cast :( More »

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Watch: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Final Appearance On ‘All My Children’

"I see vampires"

Last week we out first look at Sarah Michelle Gellar on the set of All My Children and today we get to see the final scenes she filmed for the soon-to-be defunct daytime drama. SMG found fame early on in her career as Kendall Hart Lang but hasn’t played the role in years. Today, she returned to AMC in the role of a crazy girl who believes that she is Erica Kane‘s daughter … who sees vampires. It’s kinda genius. Check out the scenes below. More »

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First Look: Sarah Michelle Gellar Returns To ‘All My Children’

Kendall Hart Returns ... kinda

Last month we learned that Sarah Michelle Gellar would be returning to All My Children, the soap opera that made her famous, one last time before the show goes off the air for good next week. SMG made it clear that she would not be returning in the role of Kendall Hart exactly because she didn’t want to take the role from the actress who plays the character now. In order to not spoil the surprise, click below for our first look at SMG‘s return to AMC and find out how she will be making her soap opera return — IF YOU DARE. More »

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Return To ‘All My Children’

Back to Her Roots (Literally)

Back in April we learned the sad news that ABC has decided to cancel their daytime drama series All My Children and One Life to Live. Since the death of these shows was announced, plans have gone into the works to bring back a few very famous soap opera alums to send the shows off in style. Among the famous alums from All My Children returning for a few new episodes is Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ringer star Sarah Michelle Gellar. Click below for all the known deets (at this point) about SMG‘s return to AMC. More »

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ABC Cancels ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’

Peace the Spork Out, Soap Operas!!

Sad news soap opera fans … ABC has just announced the cancellation of 2 of their long running daytime drama series. Fan faves All My Children AND One Life to Live will be dunzo very soon. You may recall that CBS canceled their soap As the World Turns in 2009 … and now this. Once these shows are gone, there will only 4 soap operas left on the air — The Young and the Restless & The Bold and the Beautiful (on CBS), General Hospital (on ABC) and Days of our Lives (on NBC). More »

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‘The Bold & The Beautiful’ Wins A Guinness World Record

"Most Popular Daytime TV Soap"

Congratulations are in order for the CBS daytime drama series The Bold and the Beautiful who was awarded this week with the Guinness World Record for being the Most Popular Daytime TV Soap – Current. Taking into consideration how many continents the soap opera is aired and the massive ratings numbers, B&B has been officially classified as THE most popular soap in the world right now. Here are a few photos from the Guinness World Record certification ceremony that was held at CBS Studios here in LA, CA yesterday:


As a fan of the show, I knew that B&B was wildly popular in other parts of the world but I had no idea that it was quite this popular. Something about The Bold and the Beautiful strikes a cord with the world audience … much like Baywatch did in the 90′s. As you may know, Baywatch as THE most popular show in the world for many years. After the jump, check out a close-up shot of the Guinness certificate that was awarded to B&B yesterday … More »

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Did ‘One Life To Live’ Get Too Gay For Daytime TV?

ABC admits the ‘OLTL’ gay storyline did not "appeal" to their audience

The folks at ABC are finally going on the record as to why the ground-breaking same-sex storyline featured on the daytime drama One Life to Live was axed 3 months before it was meant to run its course. OLTL featured a very open, very honest love story between two male characters named Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish (played by Brett Claywell and Scott Evans respectively). A few weeks ago, an announcement was made that the couple’s storyline would be hastily wrapped up and that the couple would be leaving the soap for good. ABC tried to downplay the move in light of the fact that it has already been decided that One Life to Live will end at the finish of this season and all of the storylines will have to be wrapped). But, in a statement released to TV Guide, ABC has admitted that the real reason the Kyle & Oliver storyline was axed was because the too gay storyline did not “appeal” to the US daytime audience:

One Life to Live’s landmark same-sex duo, Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) and Oliver Fish (Scott Evans), will abruptly exit the soap next week, amidst speculation that ABC dumped them due to complaints from homophobic viewers. The guys’ final scenes together air April 12, when Fish, who’s a cop, goes to court and wins custody of baby Sierra Rose. Kyle, a doctor, is seen just once more after that, on April 16, confirming some huge DNA news to Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier). None of the OLTL brass has been talking on the record about this controversial termination, which came three months before Claywell’s contract was due to expire. Claywell at least got official word from the show the day before the news broke. Evans, who is considered a recurring player and therefore not entitled to official notice, had to hear about his axing via Twitter. At first, ABC tried to play down the double firing in a press statement that trumpeted the Kish story for its boldness and its GLAAD awards, claiming that the couple did indeed resonate with the audience, and making it seem as if their story had simply played itself out and come to a natural conclusion. But, finally, we have some honesty and a little bit more clarity! In an exclusive statement to TV Guide Magazine, ABC Daytime PR chief Jori Petersen now says “The Kish story did not have the appeal we hoped it would. We are going to spend our time on stories that have a more favorable reaction from our audience.” Naturally, the situation has the Kishinistas apoplectic. “It’s the most angry and vocal fan reaction to a firing I’ve ever seen and a lot of it is coming from straight women,” says Jamey Giddens, editorial director of the popular Daytime Confidential Web site. “This goes far beyond the response we got when Days of Our Lives fired Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn.” Gay media, which applauded OLTL for its realistic and passionate depiction of men in love, is handling things way better than the fans. “Kish brought a lot of attention and energy to OLTL, so this is not a smart move from either a business or a karmic point of view,” observes AfterElton.com editor Michael Jensen. “Still, we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. ABC made history here. The network deserves credit for making a lot of progress.” Claywell seconds that emotion: “Pulling the story off the air is like taking two steps back but I don’t fault ABC,” the actor says. “The fact they let us tell this story at all is what’s important, and if I had to lose my job to get this on TV, then I’m proud of that. I’m just kinda sad and really sorry that there’s still so much fear and ignorance in our society. Maybe five years from now, this won’t happen to two other actors portraying this kind of story.” Claywell suspects the writing was on the wall back on December 30, 2009 when OLTL showed Kyle and Fish in the throes of lusty sex, a first for gay males on a daytime soap (if you don’t count that down-low guy and the psychotic hermaphrodite on Passions). ABC chose not to promote the event in advance, as if hoping not to alarm or infuriate viewers. “I was definitely hurt by that,” Claywell says. “We should have gotten a lot more attention for those groundbreaking scenes. For them to not tell anybody that we were about to make history makes me think the wheels were already in emotion to get rid of us” … The firing will leave CBS’ As the World Turns as the only soap with vital gay characters right now, and that has AfterElton’s Jensen noting a disconnect. “Isn’t the goal of the soaps—and really all programming—to lure younger viewers?” he asks. “Well, it’s the younger viewers who are just fine about seeing gay people on TV. They are much more tolerant than older viewers. They live in a world where diversity is increasing and is an accepted part of life.” Jensen adds that gay fans feel a sense of ownership when it comes to gay characters. “We have so few good representations out there that you become attached to the ones that do exist,” he says. “Obviously, we can’t demand that OLTL keep gay characters on its canvas. It’s their show, not ours. But we sure have a right to say ‘If you have no gay characters then you’re not doing your job when it comes to reflecting reality.’”

I don’t watch OLTL but I understand that while this honest love story was being told, another storyline was unfolding that involved fake same-sex relationship orchestrated to win an election … or some nonsense like that. I’m sure that confusion didn’t help matters. In the end, soap operas mainly appeal to an older audience that is not as accepting of new things as a younger audience might be. This is why the longest running daytime dramas revolved around age-old storylines that aren’t at all revolutionary … soap operas rarely rock the boat. I’ve been watching The Young and the Restless for years and while some gay characters are featured, they are never in the forefront, never central characters and their love affairs are never highlighted in any real way (The Bold and the Beautiful, which revolves around the world of fashion design, does not currently feature ANY gay characters at all). It does not surprise me that soap operas are dying … one by one. If they will not evolve and grow then they will surely all die out. In the end, I feel it’s for the best. The end of stagnant soap operas that choose to ignore a large segment of the population will only make way for more TV shows that feature the inclusion of all types of TV characters. I do commend One Life to Live for making a go of the Kish storyline. At the very least, daytime TV viewers got to see that same-sex love is really no different than heterosexual love. Love is love.

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‘The Young & The Restless’ Celebrates Its 37th Anniversary

Celebration

Last Friday the cast and crew of the long-running daytime drama The Young and the Restless celebrated the 37th anniversary of the soap in a lavish celebration that brought together many Y&R alums from the past to party with some members of the current cast. It’s hard to believe that the show is now 37 years old and still goin’ very strong:


Because my mother and sister were fans of the show as I was growing up, I have a certain affinity for the soap … and have for many years (not quite 37 years but, well, close). I know that daytime dramas are dropping like flies these days but I’m hopeful that we still have many more years of Young and Restless drama to look forward to. After the jump, check out some photos from the Y&R 37th Anniversary party that was held here in SoCal earlier this month … More »

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