Reports from So Long Springfield

May 18, 2020

Looking back at the So Long Springfield cruise. Sadly it’s harder to do a cruise in a financially sound way for the organizers. My advice? Planning an event to make money? Don’t do a cruise. I still hope for more events although they won’t be under the So Long Springfield name.

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I really hoped that there would be another Guiding Light event scheduled before now. (I still think there should be a Midwest soap event. I know the coasts are better for the actors, but still come on is it easier to move a dozen actors or hundreds of fans?) Since there isn’t one scheduled right now I thought it was time to bring this out and remind everybody what a great time was had. I hope that another event will someday be scheduled and before I have to win the lottery to put it together. (Although the event I would put together would be totally awesome.)

Photos and coverage in the article “Hello Springfield” in CBS Soaps in Depth Sept. 27, 2010 issue.

“Last Go Round” by Danielle McClure reported on So Long Springfield with lots of photos in the April 13…

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Sudden Doppelganger

May 17, 2020

Fixing a spelling error I caught.

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Every Friday night I post another definition for a term of soap opera jargon. Check out the Soap Opera Jargon page for more.

Sudden Doppelganger – This is a created term to fit a concept within the industry that is not named. When an actor or actress achieve a certain level of success they often leave to attempt greener pastures that turn out to not be so green and they want to come back later, creating a problem if their character was written off by death. Other times a new set of TPTB will fire someone and overwhelmed by the negative fan response will rehire the performer, again not hampered by the fact the original character is undeniably dead. Even soap writers can’t always come up with a convincing way for someone to come back from the dead or they decide more storyline possibilities lie elsewhere. Sometimes the characters have…

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Learn Some More Spanish Fight

May 13, 2020

Revisiting my favorite Manny fight.

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Spanish Fight

When I was going back looking for a quote earlier this month, I had trouble finding the scene with the Learn Some More Spanish fight. It made me realize that I hadn’t adequately pointed out what is THE best Manny fight before they are together for real and maybe their third best fight over all. Like all good fights it features some killer lines and breaks through the barriers of politeness or hostility to get to what was really the matter. Danny calls Michelle on her acting like this was all HIS fault when all he’d done was try to save her life after finding out she’d killed his brother. When he finally explodes Danny throws some wedding stuff at her and tells her she needs to get with the program, make a commitment to planning the wedding and to the marriage. He tops it off by “Learn some more…

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FAQ: Does the Bauer House have a living room?

May 11, 2020

Revisiting the Bauer House.

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Does the Bauer House have a living room? This question has come up 3 times so far and I expect it will again. There is some confusion among fans about the layout of the Bauer House.

The sets of the Bauer House are very large so usually they only had one interior set up at once. To deal with that they had a soft furnishing area of the kitchen and usually used this set with the kitchen table and soft furnishing corner of the kitchen serving for informal seating. Family and close friends usually, but not exclusively, use this kitchen door and enter directly into the kitchen. This has made some fans confused about whether the house actually had a living room or not. It does, as you can see in the clips below.

In fact, the set includes a front door, with a portico outside and a small vestibule…

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WSPR B Roll – New Series

May 3, 2020

Revisiting a series of YouTube videos.

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I’ve started a new series of YouTube videos. These are going to be mockumentary style news stories from the WSPR newsroom. These stories will tie in directly with plot lines and characters you know from Guiding Light. This first one is set in 2002, but I intend to move both forward and backward in time as I go through the “reporter’s” collection of stories. I’d welcome suggestions, but I’m going to start with stories I’m interested in and locations I can sort of match up locally. This location was such a perfect match for Jessup Horse Farm that I just had to do this story first. I hope you enjoy the reports. A couple are going to have to wait for colder weather since I didn’t get them shot before things greened up this spring, but I hope to do a story on a fairly regular basis. Please check…

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Laurel Falls by Dani Michelle

April 30, 2020

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This story takes place after Michelle’s miscarriage during their first marriage.

Laurel Falls by Dani Michelle

Michelle stood on the balcony that overlooked her family’s backyard and sighed. The night air whipped through her wet hair and she shivered. The coldness of the night enveloped her but the pain that coursed through her body had nothing to do with the dropping temperature.

She pulled her sweater tight and hugged herself as silent tears began to fall. A hollow ache coursed through her soul and she felt as though her body was being ripped apart from the inside out. The feeling was too much for her and she sank to the concrete floor leaning against the wall of the house. She looked up at the setting sun and felt for a moment that Nature was mocking her. The cruelty of it all. The beauty of the sunset that contrasted the darkness of the day’s events.

Michelle choked back a sob as she realized that the sun was also setting on this chapter of her life. When she woke up this morning her baby girl was inside of her. Safe. Loved. Whole. But tonight, her body was empty. Her baby was gone. And with it, every sense of hope that had lived within her soul.


Michelle turned toward the door as she heard it open and smiled when she saw her husband.

“Danny!” She grinned as she rushed into his arms and kissed him. She felt safe in his arms as though nothing could ever happen though it had many times before. She pushed the thought of her mother in law and biological mother aside and kissed her husband fiercely.

When the kiss ended, Danny pulled away slightly, his smile matching hers.

“How was your day?” He asked as he wrapped his arms around her waist and held her close.

“Perfect.” Her smile widened, “Now that you’re here.” She kissed him again and played with the curls at the nape of his neck.Danny looked around the Bauer kitchen, his eyes lighting on the bassinet that had been moved from the living room where it had been when he’d left for work that morning. His eyes shone.

“And how is our baby girl?” He asked as he walked toward the bassinet and peered down at the sleeping baby within.

Michelle stood behind him, her head resting on his shoulder. She sighed contentedly as she looked down at their daughter. The baby wore a white nightgown and clutched the light pink blanket she was swaddled in. Her dark chestnut curls framed her perfect tiny face. The newborn smiled in her sleep and Michelle’s heart skipped a beat.

“She’s amazing.” She whispered.

“Yes she is.” Danny smiled as he leaned down to gently kiss the baby’s head, “Hey Laurel Grace, Daddy’s home.”

Michelle woke with a start and sat up straight in bed. Her heart felt as though it was going to pound out of her chest and her hand instinctively flew to her stomach.

Realization began to set in, creeping around her like a smothering fog. She sucked in a breath and bit her lip fighting back the wail that was threatening to escape.

Danny sat up beside her, “Honey are you okay?” He asked as he put his hand on her shoulder.

She sat there for a moment before turning to face him. Tears streamed down her cheeks and she fell into his arms. Her body racked with sobs and she buried her face into his chest.

Danny held her tightly as she cried. His own tears intermingling with her own. When she finally pulled away she looked up at him fighting the wave of emotion that threatened to succumb her once again, “Laurel.” She whispered.

“What?” He asked, his dark eyes searching her face.

Michelle took a deep breath, “Our baby. I want to name her Laurel. Laurel Grace.”

Danny looked at her for a moment allowing her words to form and process in his mind. He was silent for what seemed like an eternity but then a small smile came across his face.

“It’s perfect.” He said as he kissed her forehead, “Laurel Grace Santos.”

Michelle smiled. Somehow hearing him say it, knowing their baby had a name. An identity. It helped. She knew that they would never fully heal. Their life would be forever changed. But somehow, giving their precious baby girl a name made things a little better. It gave her something to hold onto. And though Baby Laurel had fallen from their lives, she knew that somehow, someday, everything would be okay. They would hold her. They would kiss her. They would love her.


Dedicated to my son and daughter and all the other babies lost too soon. 

Michelle Gives Us A Shout Out!

April 29, 2020

Bethany Joy Lenz (our beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4) shared this great post about their upcoming online reunion. Thanks to Buzzworthy Radio for the RT so I saw it.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


CBS Soaps in Depth Turns The Last Page

April 27, 2020
Danny Santos

No. 40 Danny Santos

I’m very sorry to announce that as of April 23, 2020 I found out that the publication of CBS Soaps in Depth and its sibling publication ABC Soaps in Depth will cease publication after a final issue coming out dated May 4, 2020. CBS Soaps in Depth has consistently supported Manny by continued mentions and lists through the years.

I’m devastated to report that leaves Soap Opera Digest as the only remaining nation wide soap publication. There are websites that will continue to report soap news, but none with the structure, quality, and completeness that the two Soaps in Depth publications provided. The Soaps in Depth websites, which in my opinion had grown increasingly separate from the paper publications, will continue under their trademark. You can now find Richard Simms, the editor who previously tweeted the @soapsindepthabc and the @soapsindepthcbs, on his personal Twitter feeds @howrudeareyou and/or his second account @alltvallshade (where he mostly talks only about TV).

3 Random Issues of Soaps in Depth

The following is from Simms’s , personal Twitter feed on April 23, 2020. I am reposting with permission:

You’ve probably heard by now that Soaps In Depth magazine has folded. Our last issue will publish on May 4 [2020]. The news came down suddenly, so we didn’t really have an opportunity to say a proper farewell. I’d like to take a moment to do that now.

I started with Soaps In Depth when it launched back in 1997, and was fortunate enough to work with the most amazing staff you could ever hope to. Many of us have been there from Day 1 until today, when we put the finishing touches on our final issue.

On a near-daily basis, I had the awesome pleasure of live-tweeting soaps with thousands of you. Sometimes, if I thought about it too hard, it was a little mind-blowing that I’d somehow landed this incredible job.

I often joked that I had the distinct pleasure of working in two dying industries: soaps and magazines. Sadly, the crisis our country is currently faced combined to deal a pretty severe blow to both. But to paraphrase Sonny Corinthos, “It was a wild ride.”

I feel confident that the entire staff of Soaps In Depth will allow me to speak on their behalf when I say “Thank you.” Without you, the readers, we’d never have had the amazing run that we did.

Personally, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world. I mean, for a soap fan such as myself, could life be any better than to land a job working with my best friend, watching soaps, and interacting with other soap fans? I think not.

I’m sorry I’m having to tweet this from my personal account as opposed to the Twitter feeds we all spent so much time discussing, debating, disagreeing and, more than anything, laughing on. But those feeds are now the property of the Soaps In Depth website, which will continue.

I’m not sure exactly where I’ll land, or what I’ll be doing, but one thing you can count on: I’m not done with #SoapTwitter. Now, I’ll just be coming at it from the other side… as a soap fan with no pesky job through which to filter my thoughts!
For now, let me say one more time, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. This has been a dream job, and one I honestly never imagined lasting more than two decades. If you had half as much fun as I did, it was all worth while.
Richard Simms

[P.S.] It’s crazy how much life can change in the course of 12 hours. If you’d told me at 10:15 a.m. that at day’s end, I’d be going to bed newly unemployed, I would never have believed you.

The official feed put out:

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


Santos Family Reunion 2020

April 23, 2020

I’ve previously reported on Alan Locher‘s online reunions for As the World Turns and Guiding Light. They are pretty much a couple of times a week now with different groups of actors. I HIGHLY recommend you subscribe to his YouTube channel.

OK, you should definitely watch all of his episodes focused on As the World Turns and Guiding Light. BUT I got the best Guiding Light news since I heard Phillip was returning during 2009. THEY ARE DOING A SANTOS FAMILY REUNION! (Picture Kermit the Frog wildly waving his arms after hearing something great and you’re seeing me.)

Collection of Period Publicity Photos for Reunion

OK, take a deep breath. It’s going to take place May 6, 2020 at 2pm CT. It’s streaming live on YouTube using a streaming program that lets them have a maximum of 6 feeds at once including Alan Locher himself who serves as an MC.

The Santos Family gets back together to reminisce about their time on Guiding Light.

Tune in to see:

  • George Alvarez (Father Ray #2)
  • Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4)
  • Saundra Santiago (Carmen Santos)
  • Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos)
  • Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1)

Set your reminder now and Quick turn on the Light – Guiding Light!

Catalina Quesada

April 19, 2020

Looking back on Catalina.

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One of the sections of this blog designed to help more people understand the Manny story better is the Supporting Character descriptions. On two pages they give descriptions of the people you’ll meet through the story. I add them as they come up or I get a chance.

Catalina Quesada – You might have noticed that when Reva goes off on one of her adventures she tends to bring back a person as a souvenir. Sadly the only good character we picked up that way was Abby, otherwise they’re nothing but trouble, Catalina is one of the trouble examples. Catalina is the souvenir of the Reva takes on Cuban illegal immigrants/sweatshops/slavery storyline and was smuggled into the country illegally. She worked as a waitress various places around town including Infierno and Company. Despite the fact that everybody from Ray to Danny to Reva went out of their way to help…

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