All My Children's Francesca James in Real-Life Soap Battle Over Estate of Knots Landing's Julie HarrisBy Jamey Giddens on December 02, 2013
Even the most acclaimed soap opera writer couldn't spin a plot twist as shocking and macabre as this one! The New York Post has published a disturbing feature alleging famed All My Children actress and producer Francesca James insinuated her way into the life of Knots Landing alum and Broadway legend Julie Harris, who died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 24.
The article's sources liken James (real name Francesa Rubino) to Eve Harrington in All About Eve, the classic flick about an interloper who strives to steal the life of her Broadway veteran rival. Here's an excerpt:
The role of Eve Harrington, her friends say, was played by Francesca Rubino, a minor soap-opera actress who goes by the stage name Francesca James. Several friends and longtime employees, who were fired by Rubino — including a housekeeper, a gardener and Harris’ lawyer, Herbert Nass — say she “wormed” her way into Harris’ life, took control of her medical and business affairs, and “isolated” Harris from her son, Peter Gurian.
With TVGN experiencing a ratings boon—in significant part due to re-airings of CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless—I can't help but wonder if both the cabler and suds lovers alike would benefit from additional soaps finding a nighttime home on the Lionsgate/CBS-owned channel. Below are five sudser I think TVGN should acquire. READ MORE
Star-crossed lovers Gary and Valene Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark) shared a reunion on Monday night's episode of TNT's Dallas that was more bitter than sweet. The way brilliant Dallas 2.0 writer Cynthia Cidre has it scripted, Gary and Val—who were blissfully reunited at the end of Knots Landing and still together in 1997 reunion movie Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac—have now split, due to Gary falling off the wagon and bankrupting the couple!
While the Knots fan boy in me was a bit brokenhearted to learn Gary and Val hadn't lived a life of happy barbecues with neighbors Karen and Mac Mackenzie (Michele Lee and Kevin Dobson) on Southern California's fictional Seaview Circle, the Wishful Storyteller in me realized Gary and Val's golden years crisis could serve as the perfect launching pad for a new generation of marital melodramas via a Knots Landing continuation! READ MORE
With PBS being most famous right now as the network of Downton Abbey for its American viewers, it's only fitting they should air a primetime soap special. Since 2008, the series Pioneers of Televsion has documented the early rise of various television genres.
On Jan. 22, audiences will see an episode entitled, "Primetime Soaps," which will examine the first love triangles, baby swaps and mental breakdowns to reach primetime viewers. Shows such as Peyton Place, Dynasty, Knots Landing, and Dallas will be examined. Watch the PBS promo after the jump! READ MORE
I can't believe it will be 20 years this May since we had to say goodbye to our best girlfriends, emotional hayseed-turned-novelist Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark); cul-de-sac Pollyanna Karen Fairgate MacKenzie (Michele Lee) and Karen's unstoppable, insatiable sister-in-law Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Summer (Donna Mills) on Knots Landing.
Next Friday, Jan. 18 fans will be reunited with three of the stars from the long-running, smash CBS soap when The Talk hosts a Knots Landing Reunion Show! I have chills.
Julie Chen and Co. have to ask Mills about "The Abby Scale", the infamous measurement of bitch-goddessness that Abby deemed upstart rival Paige Mathison (Nicollette Sheridan) a mere six on! They also MUST dish on Knots' most iconic storyline, when Valene's newborn twins were stolen from her, courtesy of one of Abby's henchmen! Primetime suds fans, set your DVR NOW. Watch a clip from Karen's Pollyanna speech after the jump!