As The World Turns on DVD

I just want to take a break from the themes post an plug As The World Turns on DVD.

I was a fan of the show since 1997-1998 off and on. Martha Byrne’s Lily was my favorite actress ever. I will be purchasing the DVD at the beginning of the month!!

Please please please listen to this podcast from Daytime Confidential featuring Roger Newcomb at: http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/2011/10/18/dc-646-we-love-soaps-roger-newcomb-previews-atwt-dvd-collection

And please please please if you have been a fan of ATWT in any form buy the DVD at: http://www.soapclassics.com

It is only $19.95 for 20 classic episodes and the episode descriptions and clips are on the website!

Soaps Forever!

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When Updates Don’t Fit | General Hospital

I am sure you fans took a gander at the most recent additions to the GH opening credits:

Nice we got Kate 2.0 and Carly’s hot saucy new squeeze added. But look closer…can’t see it? Ok. Let me put it into continuity.

ARE THEY PHOTOSHOPPED WITH MS PAINT AND WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER SHOT ON A CRAPPY GREEN SCREEN???

This looks bad. And it makes me think of this:

Amanda Baker (Babe) was so out of place in that opening. I understand that they had to quickly film something to replace Alexa Havins but the background doesn’t match the other people’s background. I am glad that they eventually updated her shot before they killed off the character.

Now I know GH has more problems than it’s opening…like its future. But openings are suppose to be presentable. Please fix this as soon as possible. Especially since Sean Blakemore was on the show longer than a month. There is no excuse for him not to be added sooner with a presentable shot. SHAME!!!

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Dirty Soap | New Promo

I forgot to mention before that the show is produced by Milojo Productions, which is the production company of Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis and Kelly and ex-Hayley, All My Children) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, AMC). So it has a very soapy connection.

Also, here is the main page for Dirty Soap on E! Online: http://www.eonline.com/on/shows/dirty_soap/index.html

I may cover the weekly episodes since I may watch them on xfinity’s website (Comcast and E! are connected that way.)

New Promo for Dirty Soap!

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Best to Mess: One Life to Live | Part 2: Best

I have a feeling the best opening of OLTL is the most predictable thing ever. So I might as well go on with it…Here’s what to do when you don’t find the rainbows end…:

http://youtu.be/Mxhek1KV3QU

The version of the opening with Peabo Bryson’s lyrics debut in the opening in 1986, so if you are keeping track it has been 25 years.

It was a very awesome opening for the mid 1980’s. Having characters faces superimposed over video shots of “Llanview” (really Harrisburg, PA.) There is a period of time, however where they were too lazy to update the shots of the actors and it showed because they were trying some new effect with the newer characters:

That’s really my only complaint of the opening but that problem comes with every opening that features characters.

It was so popular and iconic to One Life fans that during Starr X’D (<—that is not a laughing till you cry emotocon, it means crossed) Lover’s musical episodes, 3 versions sung by 4 actors on the show aired on top of the horrid version of the current opening. These versions were sung by Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Mark Lawson (Brody), and a duet by Jason Tam (ex-Markko) and Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston). I personally like the DePaiva version the best. Here are all three versions (I can’t put audio on wordpress):

Kassie DePaiva: http://youtu.be/zF2pCB5D7E8

Mark Lawson: http://youtu.be/ciIp2LQGmtc

Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood: http://youtu.be/jTIeQdsvq4Q

I think Prospect Park should remake the opening when they start airing OLTL in 2012. It would make the fans feel like they are watching the same show (add great writers, executive producer, and the same cast from ABC Daytime with some cuts since I keep hearing its suppose to be a weekly drama.) I know the opening video was remade in the 1996-2004 version but it wasn’t as iconic or catchy as the 1984-1991 version. If All My Children brought back the 1990-1994 opening in 2002, then this can happen. But let’s not make it a crappy opening like the 2004-2012 opening.

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Soap Opera comes to Reality TV | Dirty Soap

The only reality show I watch theses days is Tia and Tamera on Style. But that is about to change with the premier of Dirty Soap on E! Move over Kim Kardashian, Kelly Monaco is taking over.

Dirty Soap stars Monaco (Sam, General Hospital), Kirsten Storms (Maxie, General Hosptial), J. P. Lavoisier (Rex, One Life to Live), Farah Fath (Gigi, One Life to Live), Nadia Bjorlin (soon-to-be-ex- Chloe, Days of Our Lives) and Galen Gering (Rafe, Days of Our Lives.) Gering’s wife, Jenna, also stars.

Dirty Soap premiers September 25th at 10pm. Here is a preview:

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My opinion about AMC/OLTL crossing into cyberspace

Before I start, I have to discuss an issue. I stopped blogging because I had (and still have) to deal with a social issue that Maggie Stone had to face. Domestic Abuse. While it was not to the point where he slapped me it was pretty close. I had to get rid of all of my email accounts and change my phone number because it was on the verge of stalking. I do plan on blogging about it in a new blog shortly to inform people my age about domestic abuse.

Now I have to deal with an awkward transition… sorry…

Anyway, I am ecstatic to know that All My Children and One Life To Live have been picked up by Prospect Park to continue on the Internet:
http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/2011/07/07/breaking-news-abc-confirms-all-my-children-and-one-life-to-live-have-been-licensed-will-c

However, it leaves me with one problem. Since General Hospital is basically getting the shaft in some cities (including my home affiliate WPVI in Philadelphia) due to Katie Couric’s talk show in 2012, does this give ABC more of a reason to cancel its final soap on the lineup? It may be a disguise in a blessing. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love web soaps (in fact, I will list my favorites and links to them at the end of the entry) I think they are in the same new media boat as when Guiding Light successfully crossed over from radio (which it had been at the time on since 1937) to TV in 1952 and lasted for generations before ending in 2009. However, if AMC and/or OLTL become successful as a result of the crossover, will soaps on  TV’s days be numbered? I mean most of you can argue that they ARE numbered. Even Jesse Tyler of Modern Family tweeted WHY they haven’t been cancelled decades ago (…and I tweeted him back a rather snide/offhand/borderline nasty comment but thats another story) but Sony/CBS has The Young and the Restless renewed until 2014. The same CBS who announced cancellations of two soap operas in one year (although the rumor had it that Proctor and Gamble wanted out of the soap opera business since Another World went off.)  So its very confusing as to WHO wants soap operas to stay and who doesn’t. We thought Brian Frons had no soul (apparently he laughed at protestors of the cancellation of AMC and OLTL) but he was sort of behind the transition of Nixon’s soaps to the Internet so…a half hearted thank you? Also, if you take more soaps away from TV, then the fact that they are in first place or last place won’t matter. I remember when there were 11 televised network soaps in 1998 now we will be down to (as of January of 2012) a heart wrenching 4 in a little over 10 years with the last 4 years (starting with Passions ending on NBC in 2007) having at least one soap off a network a year.

Now, my hope is that Prospect Park will be patient with AMC and OLTL and NOT let this go in the same direction that Passions being on DirecTV’s the 101 (now the Audience Network…ok?) did. I think the 101 dropped the ball with that one. I mean, not EVERYBODY can get satellite TV (my mom’s house for example is not allowed to get satellite TV and my friend wasn’t able to get it at his apartment.) And to think that it WILL get more subscribers was DUMB. I think DirecTV should have given it more of a chance.

My hope is that the two new reality shows on ABC will fail. But what I think will happen is this: The two new reality shows will have less overall numbers than AMC and OLTL but Frons will pull something out of his ass and say that the numbers are strong in other demos and they will stay on the air (also because reality shows are cheap to produce…which is why they have writers??)

Anyway, here are my favorite web soaps (or as We Love Soaps coined them, Indie Soaps)

Empire: http://www.empiretheseries.com/

Steamboat: http://www.steamboatseries.com/

Anacostia: http://vimeo.com/anacostia

The Bay/Far From The Bay: http://blip.tv/thebaytheseries

Gotham: http://www.youtube.com/user/GothamTheSeries

Paper Cuts [Finished]: http://www.youtube.com/user/PaperCutsTV

Imaginary Bitches: http://www.imaginarybitches.com/

That’s What Mama Said: http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalArtsUCI#p/c/D179D1E4D6BCA810

Prom-ably Not (Personally, I think its the WORST of the ones listed but I am still going to give you the link because people’s tastes are different): http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalArtsUCI#g/c/B28D3A494021CA74

California Heaven: http://www.stjohn-fisher.com/california-heaven/

Here’s a treat: my last semester at University of the Arts in Philadelphia I was involved in UArts Video. The web series project I worked on as an co-editor/crew member was titled “Three Kinds of People.” The other editor (this is before I grew a backbone) would take the project and do it on her own with me hardly being involved. This resulted in many errors that were not noticed before the release (including my and other crew members names being spelled wrong in the closing credits and the title in the first episode being “The Kinds of People.”) And also a very STRANGE soundtrack that I kind of thought what the fuck when first hearing it. By the third episode, it was better in quality. I am not sure WHY it ended because I was forced out of UArts after that semester. But my guess would be that the group didn’t have the patience producing a web series. Paper Cuts (another UArts production that was outside of UArts Video) was far more popular/taken seriously/organized as a web series so there was a higher bar to be set. The other series, Used Shoes, apparently had far less problems (except for controversial content.) That being said, here is…sighs…web series of UArts Video: http://blip.tv/uarts-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Hope For No More Tomorrow’s for Brian Frons

I have recently found out that Daytime’s Biggest Dummy, Brian Frons, was responsible for canceling a long running soap TWICE in the 1980’s. Search For Tomorrow was the longest running televised (since contender Guiding Light started out on radio in 1937)  soap opera on daytime in 1981 and 1986. It featured the late Mary Stuart as Joanne (Jo) and the late Larry Haines as Stuart (Stu). Jo and Stu were best friends and I believe that in the years the show was on the air, they were never paired together as a couple. Frons gave the industry high hopes that the show will get its ratings up in 1981 by getting the show to be filmed in Hong Kong. It was a stupid move of his since a daytime soap opera with low ratings cannot afford to go on lavish shoots. The show wound up getting a second life on NBC Daytime but the Dummy canceled the show again in 1986 (the year I was born) after a last ditched effort storyline in which a flood hit the town of Henderson. The only buildings left was Jo’s house and business.

The articles for Search’s cancellations can be found at these links:

http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/04/flashback-will-search-run-out-of.html

http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/04/flashback-nbcfrons-cancel-search-for.html

When I first saw the final episode on The World of Soap Opera Themes in the mid 2000’s, I nearly cried even though I wasn’t a fan of the show since the show aired its last episode eight months after I was born. I would like to share the final scene of Search For Tomorrow (which includes the emotional closing credits) before I create some fire and hellstorm:

Now for the real reason I posted this. I have found a petition to get Brian Frons fired from ABC Daytime. It may not bring back All My Children or One Life to Live but it does show that Frons is unstable and wants the soap opera industry as a whole to suffer for whatever reason.

The petition can be found at this link:

http://www.petitiononline.com/bsfrons/petition.html

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