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News for the week of 05-Nov-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Tricia Cast (Nina) expressed mild dissatisfaction to Soap Opera Uncensored’sNelson Branco recently with the staccato storyline involving her legacy character under former EP/HW Maria Arena Bell. While it works for her commute — from Nashville — she, as an actress, would love to work with more. “I was happier when there was a definite storyline playing out like when Ronan came on the show. It’s harder to come in for two months and remind people about the character, the story and relationships. It’s always more fun to apply yourself. You never see the end of an arc, but when there is an arc, you know there is an end — even if you don’t know what it is. Maria’s kind of storytelling is really great for a commuting schedule but, as a performer, I prefer to work more consistently.” She described Paul and Nina as the most normal, even boring (good), couple on the canvas, which she’s content with. But if she could, she’d gladly portray Nina’s dark side again.

Daniel Goddard (Cane/Ethan) viewed incoming executive producer Jill Farren Phelps with promise and support for subsequent storylines. Based on what he knows of JFP’s vision, the actor believes they’re on the same page of bringing back compelling, dramatic stories, not just the dark ones, in order to recapture the attention of diehard fans and lapsed fans. “Romance, love, betrayal, drama – all the good things, but there has to be a balance,” he told MSN’s Jeevan Brar [October 25, 2012]. “Then you bring in new viewers by allowing them to know that they can escape their daily life and come somewhere where they have that feeling of levity. I don’t think you can doom and gloom people for so long. I think Jill understands that and the combination of Jill and Josh [Griffith, head writer] together is a wonderful thing for the show.”

Goddard will miss his on-screen mom Genie Francis’ (Genevieve) presence, but understands why she had to go. It’s about giving fans what they long for, the veterans, the characters they’ve been raised on. To that end, he’s enthused about the return of his other on-screen mom, Jess Walton (Jill). Tracey Bregman (Lauren) can understand that; as a legacy character herself, she said it makes sense for fans to long for characters they know, love, and have grown to “connect emotionally” with throughout the many years. To wade through way too many new characters makes that connection tough to sustain. But it’s like that with any character, not just for longtime fans. The secret to the success of such art is that connection. If it’s not allowed to flourish and thrive, there is no show. “If you’re not seeing that character every week, how can you feel for what they’re going through, no matter how good the actor is? So I think that with the paring down, no matter how sad or hard it is, you’ll get to see the entire cast now on camera weekly,” she added, thoughtfully.

Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey Bardwell; ex-Gary Ewing, Knots Landing), Joan Van Ark (ex-Gloria Abbott; ex-Valene, Knots Landing), and Charlene Tilton (ex-Lucy Ewing, Dallas) will join the TNT remake of Dallas—in its second season. Shackelford and Van Ark originally played Gary and Valene on Knots Landing, a Dallas spin-off in the 1980s. Van Ark and Tilton will film on-set in January.

Joshua Morrow (Nick) and his wife Tobe finally added a baby girl to their brood of boys. Charlie Jo arrived October 30th at six lbs./eight oz./19 inches.

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) and Michael Muhney (Adam) live-tweet with fans during Y&R’s live episode (East Coast) November 5, 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT. Use #YR when posting questions for the couple.

Blake Gibbons (Coleman, GH) first appears on November 8 as Eddie G., Victoria’s kidnapper/ex-associate of Billy’s.

Gossip for the week of 05-Nov-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

What happened to Abby? Not that I’m complaining, mind you. But it was inferred by the spoilers that she’d perish in the Newman Ranch fire. Instead, she just disappeared into thin air. Can that happen to Victoria next, please?

Summer and Fen’s cyber-bullying story will take months to resolve. But by then, their victim—Ronan’s charge, Jamie—could suffer irrevocably. In the meantime, Summer begins to feel compassion for the teenaged boy she’s torturing (to get back at Ronan). Head writer Josh Griffith told TV Guide’s Michael Logan that by then, “it’s way too late. The tiger is out of the cage. [November 2, 2012]” Fen’s so in lust with Summer, he just joins in the cyber-bullying despite knowing better. This cyber-bullying tale—similar to OLTL’s efforts with Shane and Jack—will involve the parents, especially DA Michael.

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