Through the wonders of digital imagery Passions beloved doll-come-to-life Timmy (played by the late Josh Ryan Evans) is set to return for the soap's series finale this August. According to TV Guide's Michael Logan three of the show's long suffering couples-including Ethan and Theresa-will also get hitched and (gasp!) wicked with Tabitha will be baptised a Christian! Won't John Hagee be proud.
Our soap bud Nelson Branco has published his "May-tastic Preview" of daytime's May Sweeps for TV Guide Canada and all I can say is OMG. No wait, we're all adults here, OMFG. Nelson mixes the preview with his own, shall we say, "colorful" ideas about what could happen on a soap near you this Spring. Hey, don't laugh, it could happen. Vampires once ran amuck through the corridors of Steve Hardy's sacred hospital you know! A quick word of advice, you might want to cover your mouth if you are reading this at work, or someone will no doubt lean over your cubicle partition to ask you just what the hell is so funny (before swiping a more than generous handful of your desk mints)-and I'm talking about the real spoilers! Read here for more.
The message boards are a flutter with rumors that the second installment of SoapNet's hit General Hospital spin off General Hosptial: Night Shift will be helmed by Liza de Cazotte, former executive producer of Passions. Allegedly Jill Farren Phelps, Bob Guza and Co. have been having to work double time to get the mothership back in shape following the mismatched writing during the Writers' Strike, so they don't have time to produce and pen a second chapter of Night Shift.
de Cazotte (formerly Hesser) has been with Passions since its 1999 premiere. According to Wikipedia, she began her soap career as an intern for One Life to Live in 1983, before going on to produce for that soap, as well as Santa Barbara, All My Children and Sunset Beach, before joining James E. Reilly at the helm of the quirky Passions.
It's no secret that I wasn't a big fan of Passions, but the show definitely knew how to inspire cult loyalty and it entertained the heck out of my grandparents during their last few years on Earth, not to mention my tween and teenage cousins, so for that it always had a soft place in my heart, if not a spot on my DVR.
I'm just glad to hear (although unofficially) that Night Shift is coming back. I LOVED the first season and didn't get caught up in all the "oh it doesn't match up with GH" business. Anyone who ever watched a spin off show, from Knots Landing, to A Different World, knows it is notoriously hard for two shows to stay on the same page all the time. Plus, I can't imagine having to pen two series at once. Night Shift was sexy, funny, entertaining and had the best music I'd heard on soaps in years (no offense B5), so I can only hope de Cazotte can make Season 2 as enjoyable as the Season 1 was.
The 2008 Daytime Emmy Nominations were announced on April 30, 2008 and Luke, Tina, Jamey and special guest TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco are discussing the controversies surrounding who was snubbed and who is deserving. From Younger Actress to Lead Actor there is so much to talk about and so little time to cover everything.
Branco talks about his recent visit to the GLAAD awards and the reaction to the Nuke controversy by those in primetime and movies.
We question him on a couple online rumors hoping that he can debunk them. One about One Life to Live return and another about the possible return of a former daytime Co-Head Writer to daytime.
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Finally some good news to report! First I want to start off by saying congratulations One Life To Live for finally overtaking All My Children in the ratings and adding +319,000 more viewers compared to last week. One Life To Live really has been the comeback kid in the soap worlid this year...they really deserve higher ratings compared to thier lack luster sister shows on ABC. All My Children also increased in the ratings with most viewers tuning in on Monday (Greenlee's engagement party) and then tuning out towards later in the week. General Hospital does seem to be on an upswing too with +208,000 more viewers tuning in compared to last week and increasing in the all important demo group Women 18-49. Tuesday and Friday were the most popular episodes for the General Hospital last week because everything related with Michael's coma and Anna & Robin having a heart-to-heart about her pregnancy & HIV status.
Days Of Our Lives was the only non-ABC soap to increase in the ratings last week but suffered a simillar pattern like All My Children by having viewers tuning out towards the end of the week. Then you have the CBS soaps. As The World Turns dropped in the ratings as did Guiding Light who also tied thier Lowest Rating Ever! Poor Young & The Restless and Bold & The Beautiful....two great soaps that are at the top of the pack but going nowhere....and they've been that way for over a month! Time to shake things up guys.
April 21, 2008 - April 25, 2008
1 Y&R 3.8
2 B&B 2.7
3 GH 2.3
4 DOOL 2.1
4 ATWT 2.1
4 OLTL 2.1
7 AMC 2.0
8 GL 1.7
April 14, 2008 - April 18, 2008
1 Y&R 3.8
2 B&B 2.7
3 ATWT 2.2
3 GH 2.2
5 DOOL 2.0
6 AMC 1.9
6 OLTL 1.9
8 GL 1.8
For all those fans whose favorite actors didn't get an Emmy nomination yesterday you might want to check out what just popped into my email inbox. In recent years the producers of the Daytime Emmy Awards have tried to get the fans involved in the award ceremony and this year is no different.
VIEWERS HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL THEIR DAYTIME EXPERIENCE ON THE 35TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
Calling all fans: We want to hear your stories!
New York, NY – May 1, 2008- Daytime stars and industry professionals
won't be the only ones in the spotlight at "The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy
Awards," broadcast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, on
June 20, 2008. "The Daytime Experience" is a new feature in the broadcast
giving daytime fans the chance to share stories about how a television
show, soap star, talk show host or character has touched their lives. Fans
can visit www.ABC.com/daytime or www.SoapNet.com to fill out a simple form,
and submit their stories about the life-changing effects of daytime
television. Select viewers will get the chance to tell how these programs
influence and inspire them, and have their stories aired during the live
The producers are looking for stories that involve all daytime
programming, stars, subjects, or hosts. Daytime programming includes
children's shows, soap operas, talk shows, judge shows, and lifestyle
shows, from cable and the broadcast networks, that reach millions of
households each day. Submit your story before May 29th and you may be
hearing from one of our producers!
Do you have a story you want to share with the producers of the 35th Annual Emmy Awards? If so submit it to them and then copy and paste your story as a comment on this post. I'm sure there will be many submissions but only a few will make it to the air. Your fellow soap fans would love to read your story here even if it doesn't make it to air.