On today's CBS and Days of Our Lives Daytime Confidential episode Luke, Jamey, Melodie and Jillian discuss the latest in As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless news including...
Josie is out at As the World Turns while Lucy Montgomery is back in. Rachel Melvin quit Days of Our Lives and we discuss whether or not she'd make the perfect Lucy Montgomery.
The great car chase of 2009 took place on the Bold and the Beautiful this past week as Ridge and Rick Forrester turned into Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Rick is supposedly going to join the army. Does anyone believe he'll actually go through with it?
Rachel Melvin decided not to renew her contract with Days of Our Lives and the gang discusses which of the other seven soaps they'd like to see her end up on. What does the Chloe and Lucas breakup mean for Dr. Daniel and Chloe?
Grant Aleksander returned to Guiding Light as Phillip Spaulding, but was it Beth Chamberlin who stole the show? The gang share their first impressions Phillip's return and prepare for a special Guiding Light episode to air later in the week.
The DNA test is in at The Young and the Restless and Jill is not Katherine's daughter. Is undoing Katherine and Jill's mother and daughter relationship a good or bad thing? Lily learns the truth about Billy and Chloe's baby, but it looks like Billy is boinking Sharon next week. Why would Sharon want to have sex with her ex husband's younger brother?
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This diehard Pharley fan is thisclose to forgiving Beth for coming between my fave Guiding Light couple. I never saw the "magic" of Phillip and Beth (Grant Aleksander and Beth Chamberlin) during my initial viewing experience with the couple (1997-2004), since I started watching the show in '93, long after their 80's era glory years.
I adored Pharley like I now adore General Hospital's Liason (Boy, talk about being a glutton for punishment!), so I always viewed Beth as an unecessary and unecessarily fertile thorne in Harley's side. A curse on James' head for being born and wrecking Pharley! READ MORE
I owe Beth Chamberlin an apology. A few weeks back in my Top 10 Last Ditch Stunts to Save Guiding Light post, I recommended the show toss the actress in favor of bringing back Beth Raines' originator Judi Evans. While I never saw Evans in the role, I heard from my aunts and mother who watched the show during the heyday of The Four Musketeers, that Evans was even more fantastic as Beth than she was as Days of Our Lives' Adrienne or Another World's Paulina, two of my favorite soap heroines, so for me it seemed like a no brainer to bring back Evans with the show in such a precarious state. Then this past week happened. READ MORE
Before I get to the main event regarding the much ballyhooed resurrection of the lost Spaulding heir, a little housekeeping is in order.
First, no matter what one may think of the current state of Guiding Light or its prospects for survival, one cannot fault CBS for not marketing the high holy hell out of the return of Grant Aleksander and the character of Phillip Granville Spaulding. GL/Phillip/Aleksander has been everywhere: print ads and a steady barrage of television commercials have been broadcast non-stop, right down to a live interview with Sarah Bibel on Fancast.com. Internet advertising has been almost overwhelming.
Think I'm exaggerating? Consider that the publicity has run so deep and so wide that outlets as disparate as TVGuide.com have featured two video packages to The Wall Street Journal's financial/investment website MarketWatch.com have featured Aleksander/GL related material. Hell, all that was missing was a Super Bowl commercial; given how ubiquitous the marketing has been, no doubt CBS would have run one had it broadcast the game! I don't believe I have seen this much publicity for a soap since the heydey of General Hospital's Luke & Laura or, more recently, Susan Lucci's reported pay cut. READ MORE
Talk of Jill Lorie Hurst being named sole head writer of Guiding Light appears to be speculation at this point. A Guiding Light rep tells us the soap still boasts two head-writing teams.
"The team has been in place since August and their material is just starting to air," says the rep.
Buzz surrounding Hurst no doubt began after Grant Aleksander informed Soap Opera Weekly Hurst helped facilitate his return as Phillip. Aleksander later revealed to TV Guide's Michael Logan his return was contingent upon changes in the Guiding Light writer's room. Emmy-winner David Kreizman was sole head writer at the time of Aleksander's exit and was responsible for turning the golden boy hero into a psychotic baby snatcher. Another factor that probably fueled talk is the fact that Hurst, not Kreizman or GL executive producer Ellen Wheeler, has been the person quoted in the press as of late about GL storylines. READ MORE
If this post was about a new actor to daytime this would be a "first impressions" post, but since the majority of Guiding Light fans are already well acquainted with Grant Aleksander's Phillip Spaulding I thought I'd post it as Knee-jerk Reaction. What was your Knee-jerk Reaction at seeing Phillip return? Mine was that the above picture looks like he's in Phantom of the Opera: Springfield Edition. Of course that is not the case. I'm looking forward to seeing more tomorrow.