Today, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its third annual Network Responsibility Index, a report measuring gay, lesbian, and trangender representation on television on various major networks including broadcast & cable covering the broadcast period from June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009. From the report:
Of the broadcast networks, ABC and the CW received "Good" scores, Fox was marked "Adequate," and NBC and CBS were marked "Failing." While the report takes into account the substance of portrayals up to a point, much of a network's score is based on the simple visibility of characters...On the cable side, HBO was the clear winner (vampires count!), emerging as "Good" (as did Showtime, though with a lower score), while networks including Lifetime and FX were "Adequate" and A&E and TBS were "Failing."
Oddly, daytime serials were not included.
My Take: I find it extraordinarily curious that GLAAD, which has several representatives and bloggers speak and write about As The World Turns' Luke (Van Hansis) & Noah (Jake Silbermann), Guiding Light's Olivia (Crystal Chapell) & Natalia (Jessica Leccia) or All My Children's Bianca (Eden Riegel) & Reese (Tamara Braun) in many interviews or on its website did not include soaps in its survey. If their goal is to track LGBT representation, how do these characters, including Passions' Simone (Cathy Jeneene Doe) — all of which aired during the period covered in their survey — not merit inclusion in the study? Yes, the study only covers prime time but that in and of itself reveals the flaw of it. READ MORE
Showing what a consummate professional she is, former All My Children alum Eden Riegel (Bianca) discusses with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan the blame game AMC scribe Chuck Pratt cast upon her with Bianca and Reese's (Tamara Braun) dud romance storyline.
Michael Logan: Speaking of your groupies, do you watch Pratt Falls?
Eden Riegel: Ohhh, yes! Can you believe that show?
The two gals who write that series are scathingly funny. It’s terrific satire!
It’s so brilliant. And so perfect. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. READ MORE
They really skewered and roasted AMC head writer Chuck Pratt for that interview he gave me in TV Guide Magazine—the one where he blamed the Reese-Bianca storyline mess on you for leaving the soap earlier than expected.
Today's the day All My Children and Imaginary Bitches fans. Eden Riegel's new movie Year One hits theaters. Year One also has a few other stars in it, you know, like Jack Black and Michael Cera. The raunchy comedic romp is set during in biblical times, so look at it this way, going to the see the show counts as attending Sunday School! Won't Mee Maw be impressed? I know I will be catching the 5 pm show today with Catherine and Heather, hope to see ya there!
My absence from Daytime Confidential lately has not been due to the usual business of family and work taking up a lot of my time, but rather a certain lack energy to post about practically any of the daytime serials that clog up my DVR from day to day. This is neither a positive nor a negative thing because there are frequent periods throughout the year when shows kind of coast along and do their their thing, usually between sweeps.
At these times, there is little for the viewer — if that viewer is me — to get all worked up about this plot twist, that character's action, some couple or another or even a whole show's direction. Normally, this state of affairs hits one or two shows at a time. Every once in a while like the last couple of weeks, the stars align and all the serials get caught in the same momentum of drift. All that is required of us is to watch and see where it all goes.
In that spirit, my brain plays a little game of soap opera hopscotch, taking in odds and ends big and small. There is no great elaboration on anything here, just a quick rundown of things I like and not like so much. Your mileage may vary... READ MORE
Check out oh-so-ready-for-primetime-and-film player Eden Riegel, Monday night at the world premiere of Year One at Lincoln Square in New York. if you've seen the theatrical trailers for the movie, or if Imaginary Bitches stars Catherine and Heather constantly leak you information on Riegel, i.e. sex tapes, prescriptions, diary excerpts, etc., you already know the actress appears in the Jack Black/Michael Cera biblical laffer as Lilith.
When I interviewed Riegel earlier this year, the saucy, little minx revealed not only does Lilith have a LOT in common with Riegel's All My Children character Bianca (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), but Riegel also shows off her mammaries in the R-rated flick! That sound you hear is every BAM fan in the country—and no doubt certain daytime executives— rushing to their computers to pre-order tickets for this Friday's opening of Year One across the country! Photo by AP.
Our pal Mary Montanari who writes the Soap Opera Examiner online column for Examiner.com has written an open letter to some guy named Andrew Miller asking him to help take Guiding Light to the web. I am sorry, I don't know what Mary is smoking, but this sounds like a TERRIBLE idea! Here's a snippet:
Dear Mr. Miller:
Please pardon this intrusion, but I just had a thought related to your brilliant production of the Internet based show Imaginary Bitches and the untimely demise of Guiding Light. You have managed to create, write, direct and produce a cutting edge show that has proved to be Emmy worthy. The cast of IB is phenomenal and of course your talented wife (Eden Riegel) has much to do with that. READ MORE