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News for the week of 18-Jun-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

GH’s popular duo, Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), are among the celebrity stars tapped as Daytime Emmy Creative Arts presenters. The pre-main Daytime Emmys takes place June 17 at L.A.’s Westin Bonaventure. Joining them: Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, AMC), Kristen (Starr) and Eddie Alderson (ex-Matthew, OLTL), and so many more.

Maurice Benard (Sonny) and his family suffered from a minor house fire earlier this month. Nobody was hurt, just some property damage. The fire at the actor’s Temecula, CA home started in a bathroom. The cause was accidental: a towel was left on a light fixture.

Maurice Benard (Sonny) told Michael Fairman in a March interview that Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) is a great, understated, but shamefully underrated actor who deserves a closer look. “He is like a working-class actor. He is honest and he is real, and the camera loves him,” Benard described. “But with our on-screen relationship, I would hope that they would figure something out to expand our relationship, but I don’t know.  We will see what happens.”

Gossip for the week of 18-Jun-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Is Patrick really okay all of a sudden—or is he self-medicating?

Word is, Robin will not return to wrap up GH’s final episodes. But she’ll return definitely, probably a bit earlier.

GH has until a few months after September of this year to do it for us. There’s a slim, very slim window of opportunity for this last ABC soap to save itself.

Many viewers, including myself, have had issues with the recast of Kate Howard (originally portrayed to artful perfection by the light and likeable Megan Ward). For a few months after the recast, the show had suffered from an inordinate focus on rebuilding the rooting factor in Kelly Sullivan’s drastically new, younger, blonder Kate—at the expense of many other cast members. But the DID story, credited to previous head writer Garin Wolf and superbly, seamlessly executed by current head writer Ron Carlivati (formerly of OLTL), has literally given Kate a new lease on life. More importantly, given this character a gripping reason for her choices, and given Sullivan an award-winning showcase. In her groundbreaking scenes with Nathin Butler (therapist Ewen) last week, Sullivan rose from the ranks of soap newcomer by accomplishing a feat not seen anywhere in the history of filmmaking. She relived/reenacted a brutal rape scene as a split personality to vivid, gruesome effect — without the rapist. She did it solo, complete with body jerks to simulate the bloody thrust of her assailant, taking viewers with her. Bravo for her complete immersion into the role, the scene, the story, and the lives of countless rape victims not spoken for, and bravo to her scene partner, Butler, tasked with the tough business of quietly supporting her while maintaining the professional, grounding, safe home base of her therapist. I’m not going to say Megan, who? But I’m close.

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