On today's special episode of Daytime Confidential Luke, Jamey, Jillian and Regan weigh in on One Life to Live's shocking dismissal of Brett Claywell and Scott Evans and the end of the soap's popular, groundbreaking Kish love story.
From the quote about Kish not resonating "with the mainstream audience" that has outraged so many fans, to the multiple storylines that have contributed to OLTL's low ratings, DC digs into all the latest in this continuing saga.
The DC gang explores why OLTL seems to be cleaning house of the very minority stars and young talent which has afforded the ratings-challenged sudser such critical acclaim. We pose the question, what has happened to the diversity Agnes Nixon created this show to reflect?
We also ponder, should Brett and Scott return if ABC offers? Do TPTB really think they are giving the majority of the fans what they want, while destroying the show in the process? Jamey wonders, will the move to oust Kish be Frank Valentini's Maureen Bauer moment? What, if anything, can OLTL do to turn things around in Llanview?
No other topic since Daytime Confidential.com's inception, from Guiding Light's cancellation to Victoria Rowell's shocking tell-all interview, has received such a vocal response from Daytime Confidential readers and listeners. More podcast fans have called in to our hotline about OLTL's Kish-trastropy than about the firings of Drake Hogestyn, Deidre Hall, Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols at Days of our Lives. Listen to fans voice their opinions about the controversy at the end of the episode. This is truly an episode Llanview lovers won't wanna miss.
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Brett Claywell is continuing to stand up for himself and screen partner Scott Evans in the wake of their shady ouster from One Life to Live, this time to Zap2It. While Claywell takes the highroad when discussing the
We found out separately. I found out the day before the story broke; I was at "One Life to Live" because I was submitting my Emmy reel. And the same day I'm submitting my Emmy reel, Frank [Valentini] tells me that they're no longer continuing the storyline and that I've filmed my last day.
I do believe there's a certain way that things have to be done to protect the machine, and there are certain things that could be done differently. Scott found out through somebody tweeting him, and absolutely, that's not the way he should've found out. It shouldn't happen that way. READ MORE
I think we told a fantastic story. Of course we feel like there's always more places it could go. We told an incredible story. It got a lot of great reactions, maybe one or two not so great ones from people who are closed-minded. Now we're done and moving on and I'm excited to see what's next in store for me.
One Life to Live took home the award for Outstanding Daily Drama at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 13 in NYC at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. OLTL's Brett Claywell, Scott Evans (pictured above) and head writer Ron Carlivati attended the gala, which brought together some of TV, film, stage and music's biggest stars. See more photos from the event after the jump.
A traffic jam,
When you're already late,
A no smoking sign,
On your cigarette break.
"Ironic" —Alanis Morrissette
Congratulations to One Life to Live, which tonight took home the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Daily Drama Series, the same week the show's executive producer Frank Valentini decided to stop "advancing story" for the groundbreaking couple that helped them achieve the nomination in the first place. Sorry, still bitter. Kudos to OLTL's head writer Ron Carlvati, Scott Evans (Fish), Brett Claywell (Kyle), Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and everyone else involved in this amazing, if not "mainstream", story.
This week in Daytime,
I called bullshit! One Life to Live's ratings decline was blamed on the gays because the storyline reportedly doesn't "resonate with the mainstream audience." Which loyal and core audience does ABC Daytime think helped make Grey's Anatomy the No. 1 show in all of primetime? Who do they think tunes into ABC's Sunday night scripted lineup of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters? Who do they think made the Bravo network a smash success? Who do they think tuned in to Ugly Betty for four seasons? Fans of soapy storytelling and gays, that's who. The same "mainstream" audiences who enjoy the gay storylines at nighttime and on cable are the very ones who watch in the daytime.
The Kish storyline and its lead characters are far better than any gay storyline Desperate Housewives has given us. Kyle (Brett Claywell) and Fish's (Scott Evans) relationship has been more organic than anything the soaptastic Shonda Rhimes has penned for her lesbian characters on Grey's Anatomy. I would put Kyle and Fish up against Brothers & Sisters' Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and Scotty (Luke Macfarlane) any day. To ABC's rationale I say bullshit!