Ok, all you As the World Turns fans will want to check this clip of Elizabeth Hubbbard out from a recent interview on Dutch TV. It's pretty entertaining to hear her talk about her character Lucinda and her past.
Thanks to MarkDutchViewer for the tip!
Exiting As The World Turns actress Martha Byrne (soon-to-be ex-Lily) revealed it was her asking that she work the same guaranteed amount of days this year as she had last year that brought her contract negotiations with the Proctor and Gamble soap to an impasse. Byrne, whose last day at ATWT was this past Friday, March 14, answered her fans questions during a live chat on her website. The following is an excerpt from the chat transcript where Byrne discusses what happened, how her last day on set went, what she thinks of Cowboy Jack and how she feels about how women are portrayed on daytime:
Chat Question: Martha hello! I will miss you and I hope to see you elsewhere. You will be missed; I have watched you since you started on the show!
Martha Byrne: Thank you so much. The hardest part of all of this is saying goodbye to the most amazing fans in the world!
CQ: Hello, Martha! How are you & your guys? Is there anything we can do to keep from losing you at World Turns?
MB: Any letters should go to P&G...
CQ: Are you really okay with this break from ATWT?
CQ: Are you getting any feelers from other daytime shows? If yes, are you interested?
MB: I'm open to anything!
CQ: Did you really quit because of a lack of storyline control?
CQ: Hi Martha! What was your last day on the ATWT set like?
MB: Very sad. Ellen Dolan brought in bagpipes from the NYPD when my scenes were finished and Vivian Gundaker gave a beautiful speech and I cried a lot.
CQ: There is a bit of inconsistency in the press. ATWT/P&G are saying you got a "generous offer" which you refused. You’re press release says you offered to continue at a cut rate of pay, but when negotiations stalled and a recast was ordered, you quit negotiations. True?
MB: I know there have been a lot of inconsistencies in the press. I did not quit negotiations. I made a request to work at least the same number of shows that I was in last year and was told no - that day is when the recast call went out.
CQ: What was your favorite scene or memory?
MB: Anything in the Snyder kitchen or with Elizabeth Hubbard.
CQ: There have been a lot of rumors about what happened between you and the producers. Can you share now what caused the breakdown in negotiation? Also, best of luck in whatever you decide to do.
MB: I did not want storyline approval-No one gets that. I had already taken a substantial pay reduction last year. The only thing I wanted was to work at least the same amount of episodes this year as last year. This was denied and that is when I heard about my recast.
CQ: Lily's last scenes are with whom? I hope she at least gets to say goodbye to Lucinda and her kids.
MB: My last scenes were with Jon, Michael, and Maura. Michael Park was my hanky when the scenes were done.
CQ: Is CBS lobbying with P&G on your behalf? I'm sensing disagreements between P&G and CBS on several issues.
MB: P&G owns ATWT. They are the final say regarding actors contracts. CBS is involved on many levels, but they don't deal with the actors contracts.
CQ: Do you know when your last day is supposed to be?
MB: I taped my final scenes this past Friday and it will air the end of April.
CQ: One of favorite storyline was when Luke came out. How did you feel about playing that?
MB: I thought it was well written and very honest.
CQ: Are “the powers that be” even listening to the fans anymore? Dusty, Craig, and now this?
MB: I truly believe that the fans voice is the most important. Without the fans daytime wouldn't exist. I am a fan myself and I understand your frustrations. You should know that every person behind the scenes appreciates your voice.
CQ: I'm sure you’re happy to move out of the Snyder farm hotel. WAAAY too many people living there. LOL
MB: I agree. LOL
CQ: I know it has to be insulting they are recasting so quickly, any thoughts on a new Lily?
MB: I only wish whoever it is the best of luck. She will be working with an incredible group of people.
CQ: What is your favorite storyline on ATWT right now?
MB: Cowboy Jack...just kidding-LOL
CQ: I am glad to hear that, some were calling you a diva but I defended you and said to wait and hear what MB has to say about things!
MB: Thank you. I'm sitting in my sweat pants with pizza sauce on my shirt after giving my kids dinner...I'm no diva! LOL
MB: According to your press release, when the recast call went out, you withdrew from negotiations. But that seems a normal course the show would take under these circumstances. Why not stick out negotiations and see where they went?
MB: I can't tell you all the details, but after the call went out things went from bad to worse...
CQ: Industry-wide (not just ATWT specific) what are your thoughts on the genre of soaps and their future?
MB: I think soaps DESERVE a future. How to go about that has been debated often. My feeling is with good story and great actors you will find success.
CQ: Any thoughts on if the portrayal of women on soaps has gotten better or worse?
MB: I have always felt that daytime is a female medium. It upsets me when women are portrayed in a negative fashion. We have a great opportunity on daytime to tell stories about strong women and the men who love them...those are the kind of stories we should be telling.
CQ: Would you work for CBS again--or go to another network?
MB: I've worked for CBS since I was eleven years old and would work for them anytime!
Fifteen years ago this month daytime lost a treasure in Douglas Marland. Marland is regarded among the absolute best of the genre's writer-if not the best.
In the 1970's Marland began penning scripts under the legendary Another World scribe Harding "Pete" Lemay, whose brazen stories kept AW at Number One in Nielsen households for most of the 70's.
Then in 1977 ABC made the decision to pair Marland in the role of headwriter with one Gloria Monty serving as executive producer. The pair had the Herculean task of resurrecting ABC's ratings stagnant General Hospital in six months, or the show would be cancelled.
As Monty got busy changing the look and feel of GH (and basically all of daytime as her work would be copied by just about all the other soaps on air at the time), Marland began electrifying the scripts. He zeroed in on fresh-faced young marrieds Laura and Scotty Baldwin (Genie Francis and Kin Shriner) and created Jackie Zeman's signature role, scheming nurse Bobbie Spencer, to come between the couple. Bobbie planned to use her bad boy brother Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) to drive a wedge between Scotty and Laura and the rest we al know ended in soap opera history, no, make that pop culture history.
And while being instrumental in the early success of Luke and Laura's romance definitely was one of Marland's claims to fame, it wasn't by far his only success at GH. The storytelling genius also gave us the wealthy, cantankerous Quartermaine clan.
Dashing Dr. Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) was introduced to woo and/or tame Dr. Gail Baldwin's adopted daughter Dr. Monica Bard Webber (Leslie Charleson). Since the character's introduction, Monica had been caught in a tempestuous love triangle between brothers Rick and Jeff Webber and at the time of Alan's introduction she still carried a torch for Rick, but the Quartermaine billions proved enticing enough to Monica. Other early Q's introduced during Marland's regime were Alan's parents-billionaire Edward (David Lewis) , socialite Lila (Anna Lee) and his scheming sister Tracy (Jane Elliot).
Not wanting to relocate from New York to LA where GH was filmed, Marland opted to take the headwriter's job at Guiding Light in 1979. There he created what would become one of the show's most wildly popular heroines, Nola Reardon (Lisa Brown). In 1982 Marland created a groundbreaking, but short-lived soap for cable TV station Showtime called A New Day In Eden . Touted the first "nude soap". A New Day in Eden starred Dark Shadows actress Lara Parker and GH's Jane Elliot and boasted Susan Flannery (Bold and Beautiful's Stephanie) as a director. After the show was cancelled, Marland teamed up with fellow soap legend Agnes Nixon to co-create Loving for ABC.
1985 saw Marland return to As the World Turns, the same show he had acted on briefly at the beginning of his career. This time it was as the show's headwriter where he remained until his death in 1993. During Marland's successful stint at ATWT he created the Snyder family, re-established the Hughes as the show's core family and created Holden and Lily's love story. Douglas Marland died on March 6, 1993. Click here to read Marland's classic essay on soap opera writing, entitled "How Not To Wreck A Soap".