In an interview with TV Guide, General Hospital’s Frank Valentini dishes about his plans with Ron Carlivati for the ABC soap’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
TV Guide Magazine: What can we expect to see at the Ball?
Valentini: There will be some big story reveals over a few days. We're now doing the sketches for the set and costume designs, which are going to be really exciting. We'll have the characters sing and dance. We'll of course have (inaugural Dancing With the Stars champ) Kelly (Monaco, who plays Sam) dance. We might even bring (her DWTS partner) Val Chermkovskiy back.
Valentini also responds to questions about the possible guest returns of fan favorites, such as: Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman), Audrey Hardy (Rachel Ames), Alan’s ghost (Stuart Damon), Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson), Nikolas (Tyler Christopher), Lesley Webber (Denise Alexander) and Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner).
The Big Three broadcast networks may not value soap stars and their loyal fans like they once did, but cable channel Investigation Discovery is definitely picking up the slack! Starting Monday at 1 pm EST, ID will debut its Days of Our Knives block of tawdry, non-fiction crime stories. The installments will be hosted by some of daytime's most beloved current and former stars such as Kristian Alfonso, Drake Hogestyn, Matthew Ashford, Judi Evans, Jackie Zeman, Lynn Herring, Kin Shriner, Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman.
Days of Our Knives will serve as a daytime counterpart to ID's upcoming primetime series Deadly Affairs, hosted by the biggest daytime soap star of them all, Susan Lucci. Watch the Days of Our Knives promo after the jump!
Over a dozen of your favorite soap stars are set to reunite on cable. No, SOAPnet didn't all of the sudden remember its name. Investigation Discovery is launching a new block of programming aimed at lapsed soap opera lovers! Smartly christened "Days of Our Knives", the cabler's new daytime block will feature scandalous offerings hosted by soapers Susan Lucci, Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Drake Hogestyn and more!
"After the cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live we saw an opening in the marketplace for some of our most popular series," says ID president and general manager Henry Schleiff. "Our tagline at ID is 'Your Guilty Pleasure' and that's a perfect fit for soap viewers, too. Our show titles even sound like they come from soaps — Happily Never After, Dates From Hell, Deadly Women, Wicked Attraction, Who the Bleep Did I Marry?"
Okay, this Schleiff fellow seems like my kinda TV exec! ID will be using their new soap-themed block to promote the upcoming series Deadly Affairs, hosted by La Lucci herself. The series premieres Sept. 8 at 10/9c. Check out ID's full lineup of upcoming programming hosted by soap stars after the jump!
General Hospital legend Jackie Zeman (ex-Bobbie Spencer) was among the celebrities who participated in "The Hollywood Show 2012" at the Burbank Airport Marriot Hotel and Convention center. Zeman signed autographs and mingled with fans at the event, which took place on February 11. See more photos of Zeman after the jump! READ MORE
General Hospital's Jackie Zeman visits with We Love Soaps' Damon Jacobs about dancing, The Edge of Night, her stint on One Life to Live, Douglas Marland creating the character of Bobbie Spencer and being a part of General Hospital during the height of its popularity.
We Love Soaps: Bobbie was a nurse, but she was also a teenage prostitute. And there always seemed to be a dichotomy there. Even between her caring side versus her self-serving side. When you first took on the role of Bobbie, did they tell you her backstory?
Jacklyn Zeman: There was no mention of that. Doug Marland was the writer who created Bobbie. He was such an icon, such an amazing writer. The fact that the characters he created are still alive and living today is a testament to his ability to create something that was really interesting to the audience. So no, they didn’t tell me that. I never even asked him. But then Gloria Monty came on and was producing the show. Gloria was really good at taking adventure storylines and putting romance into them. She, over the years, did some stories that were pretty controversial in their day.
Soap Opera Source recently interviewed arguably the most popular vixen in General Hospital history, Jackie Zeman (Bobbie). Here's a snippet of the interview:
SOS: As a veteran of the industry, how do you feel about the current state of the soap genre as it struggles to stay afloat? Is there anything you feel the soaps could do to lure back viewers that may have tuned out? READ MORE