Soaps in Depth Celebrates General Hospital

April 23, 2018

Editor’s Note: I should know better than to say I’m going to get anything published by a certain date in April if I don’t sit down and do it right that second. In my real not reel life April is my busiest month of the year and if it makes you feel any better I haven’t gotten much posting on my real professional blog either. 😦 So I was going to write this up a bit and not just paste in the material they sent, but I didn’t and now it’s past so I’ll send this out as is with just a reminder you can still buy back issues.  I truly appreciate them thinking of me because while General Hospital really isn’t one of my stories (back in the day that there were enough soaps that we could afford to fight among ourselves I never would have been caught dead watching an ABC soap), Soaps in Depth IS one of my magazines and I definitely think you should subscribe! At least to the CBS version.

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With the 55th anniversary of General Hospital approaching on April 1, we are excited to announce an exclusive peek at Soaps In Depth’s 55th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, on newsstands next week!

The 55th anniversary collector’s special rewinds all the way back to GH’s beginning including flashbacks of the couples fans fell in love with, memorable moments by the decade starting at GH’s beginning in 1960, rarely-if-ever-before-seen photos from the vaults and 8 exclusive interviews with the cast about the significance of this amazing milestone.

With over 120 pages packed with General Hospital memories, cast interviews, photos and trivia we thought you would be interested in sharing some content with your readers. 

Highlights from this special include:

·      8 exclusive interview spreads with GH legends:

o   Maurice Bernard on his highpoint at GH: “I truly believe the AIDS storyline was a special one. I can’t remember seeing anything like that. But for me, Morgan’s death was the hardest story I’ve ever played, and it was just done really well.”

o   Kin Shriner on his favorite part about having a place in GH history: “It’s still fun to know that you’re on a show that’s still viable after 55 years. When you think about the fact that it still flops into people’s barber shops, hospital rooms, tire shops, diners – its still part of American culture 55 years later …”

o   Genie Francis talks a story line that gave her pause: “Honestly it doesn’t happen much with Laura. They really seem to have a really good grasp on her. It rarely happens. Although … I loved being on the run from Frank Smith, but when we went into the freezing-the-world thing, I really thought they’d lost the plot. I thought it was never going to work and people were going to laugh at us – and then people loved it! So I was completely wrong about that!”

o   Steve Burton on what it has been like to be part of the epic Liz/Jason/Sam triangle: “(laughs) I know – it does get people pretty angry, doesn’t it? Look, if you’re in a position on a show where you can have a triangle like that, that’s great! You want people talking!”

o   Laura Wright on whether Sonny is Carly’s true love or Jax: “It’s always going to be Sonny. He’s her true love. She loves Jax, absolutely. But Sonny know her on a level that’s different than anyone else. Sonny accepts her and gets her. It’s a whole different relationship. And because he’s always going to be there, its not fair to anyone else.”

o   Anthony Geary: “I am delighted the show has reached its 55th anniversary celebration. Know that I will hoist a glass or two of the good stuff to GH’s past, present and future. The show is for obvious reasons very important to me, and the people I worked with through the years on both sides of the camera were among the best in the business.”

o   Nancy Lee Grahn says the best part of being part of GH history: “That it makes me a legend … in my own mind. But that still counts.”

o   Exec producer Frank Valentini tells the mag when people reflect on the 100-year anniversary of GH he hopes they remember during his time “that we were part of the building up of the show and not the tearing down!”

·      GH by the Decade: Freeze Frames showing the evolution from 1960 – now

·      Relive romances from iconic duos, famous weddings, and off screen couples!

·      Behind the Scenes Secrets, Quizzes, & more!

 

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Tide Now and Then

April 12, 2018

Tide was once an amazing new product. Proctor and Gamble’s Dreft was the first detergent as opposed to soap flakes. (It’s still on the market, try some.) Any detergent does a much better job than soap flakes just because of how they worked. Dreft was too gentle for P&G. They wanted a heavy duty cleaner. 10 years of research paid off in Tide. It did a much better job. It was called “The Washday Miracle.”

Sponsor of Guiding Light

Tide was in high demand from the beginning. It took 2 years for them to gear up enough production to roll it out nationwide because demand was so high in the test markets. Still they ran ads. Tide was a sponsor for shows like Perry Mason and most importantly to us Guiding Light. Read more about the Tide rollout and list to a recording of an old Tide commercial.

https://www.old-time.com/commercials/1940’s/Tide’s%20In%20Soap’s%20Out.html

This is the kind of ad that they spoofed in anniversary episode.

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/70th-anniversary-history-recreated-episode

Tide Today

YouTube cued up

Today’s Tide looks different as the brand spreads out over multiple types of delivery systems. Whether you want powder, liquid, or pod, today Tide makes them all. In part to make some positive noise to off set the problem with pods (some kids think they look like candy and some grown-ups are stupid enough to the think eating superconcentrated soap could possibly be a good idea). I’d say they succeeded in this series of ads that took over the 2018 Super Bowl.

http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/every-ad-is-a-tide-ad-inside-saatchi-and-pgs-clever-super-bowl-takeover-starring-david-harbour/

What will Tide do tomorrow? (Psst! It should bring back Guiding Light!)

Tide Banner from YouTube

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.

Reva Explains the Dark Side of Jeva to Alan

April 11, 2018

 

Reva tries to talk Alan to make him understand the relationship between her and Josh. Normally when people talk about Jeva it’s about the great passion and romance, but they’ve never been my favorite couple because of the other side of the coin. Reva describes the terrible thing that is always an issue between Josh and Reva. I think she’s quite right about this and that Josh doesn’t see it. This reminds me so much of the scene where she was moving out of H.B.’s house to move in with Josh and he made her throw out her clothes because HIS wife wouldn’t wear those things that I think is a defining moment in their relationship even more than the fountain scene. Although Reva is only talking about Josh in this scene I personally think it’s a crucial scene for understanding the Jeva relationship.

Reva: “Bud can’t give without taking something back. He’s a Lewis and I’m a Shayne.” 

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Reva: “I just can’t be beholden to him anymore and that’s the bottom line. Maybe he just can’t see it. Maybe being born golden blinds you to certain things and being born poor lets you see too much. Bud always knew his place in the world and I spent a lifetime looking for mine and I thought that maybe once I had him I’d have everything I needed in life. I’d finally feel strong and safe and secure and that I could do no wrong. He knew I’d be and do whatever he wanted to get him and he was right. Even when we were kids he’d dangle carrots in front of my face. He’d say you be it, Reva, or we can’t play or put a prettier dress on or I won’t sit in church with you. I gave Josh my mind, my body, and my soul and I will NOT give him my children so he can make them feel the way I felt my entire life.”

Alan: “Reva, you can find a middle ground.”

Reva: “No, Alan, with Bud it’s all or nothing and that’s the way it’s going to have to be with me. I’m sorry, but I’m moving 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.

Odds and Ends 51

April 9, 2018

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

A round up of what soap actors feel is their biggest misconception read about it in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out a round up of how soap actors memorized lines in the July 25, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

 7recently responded to a question about whether The Bold and the Beautiful still had a fan club when their website says they don’t. “Sadly they don’t technically, but they do still hold fan events, and keep fans up to date to other B&B related things via the fan director Cathy Tomas. Email CathyT@bbmail.tv to get on her email list.”

There is a profile about Scott Bryce (Craig Montgomery #1, both chronologically & in greatness, during falling in love with Sierra, etc.) in the July 25, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest. It includes a shout out to his father Ed Bryce who starred as Bill Bauer on Guiding Light. There is an old photo of both Bryces in with the story. Bryce says he is “still friends with so many. I’m in touch with Brian Bloom [Dusty Donovan #1] and Tamara Tunie [Jessica McKecknie]. I consider Tamara a sister. I just had dinner with Finn Carter [Sierra Walsh Montogmery #1 who with Bryce was the Craig-Sierra supercouple] when I was out in Los Angeles. What I think about when I think about those days is not so much the scripts or the scenes or the work as much as the family. We had a real family.” He also says he got to be on The Facts of Life (his character married Jo in the send off) because the stars were all As the World Turns fans and watched on their lunch break.

On General Hospital Drew Cheetwood and Derk Cheetwood (Milo and Max respectively, both Sonny’s goons) worked with their cousin Tyler Christopher (Nicolas Cassadine). The relationship gets a shout out in the January 22, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott on The Young and the Restless) talks about her friendship with her onscreen mom Dina Abbott played by Marla Adams in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV is announcing Gary Sandy of WKRP in Cincinnati had just been written off Somerset on July 1, 1972. His character was Randy Buchanan and he’d played him for 1 1/2 years. He’d made his soap debut on As the World Turns where he played Hank Barton.

According to the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth, when Ian Buchanan as James Warwick on The Bold and the Beautiful was chained to the wall by Shelia, they really chained him to the wall. One time on a break he was stuck because they couldn’t find the keys.

Kristoff St. John (the legendary Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless) has been having personal issues since his son’s suicide. It recently got bad enough he was gone from the show and there were many online rumors. Read his statement in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Victoria Rowell (the sorely missed Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless) is the subject of a feature catching you up on her latest activities in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The Days of Our Lives Halloween episode 2017 had fantasies based on people coming back from the dead. Read about it in details and see photos in the November 6, 2017 issue in the Soap Opera Digest.

Prince Harry of Great Britain just got engaged with Meghan Markle who appeared on General Hospital as Jill and whose parents met on the show. Read more about it in the December 18, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out a timeline with photos of Lulu Spencer-Falconeri in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

John Enos, who rocked on The Young and the Restless as Bobby, Brittany’s eventual husband and the brother of the first person Nikki Newman accidentally killed, had a short run on Days of Our Lives as an Elvis Presley impersonator who was living with Susan Banks. Read more about it in the November 6, 2017 issue Soap Opera Digest.

Nicole Avast and Zende Forrester Dominguez’s wedding gets an article and a photo in the February 20, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson on As the World Turns) is starring in Run for Your Life a pilot for a thriller passed on the Dia de Los Muertos. Read more about it in the December 18, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Maura West (Carly Tenney Snyder on As the World Turns) talks about her General Hospital on-screen relationship with her on screen daughter Kiki Jerome played by Hayley Erin. Read about it in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out a collection of very cool Halloween costumes through the years across soaps in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Catch photos of the major points of Wyatt Spencer’s life on The Bold and the Beautiful in the January 8, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Nathan West and Maxie Jones wedding was described in the February 20, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV they describe the onscreen wedding of Ann Tyler Davis and Paul Martin. They got married June 22, 1972 on All My Children.

Check a Take 5 interview with Kimberlin Brown (Shelia Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful) in the December 18, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. She also did a joint interview with Rena Sofer (Quinn Forrester on the same show) in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Former baseball MVP Steve Garway appeared on The Bold and Beautiful as Sally’s blind date in 1998 according to the January 8, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The November 1971 issue of Daytime TV points out that Martin Sheen used to play Jack Davis on As the World Turns in 1957.

James Patrick Stuart and Michael E. Knight tell the story of how they went to the White House in 1990 where President George Bush, his wife Barbara, and many members of the staff were All My Children fans. Read more about it and their bromance in the July 25, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Explore the history of Ned Quartermaine on General Hospital with photos in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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.

Cancellations on ABC – Respect

April 8, 2018

Cancellation is always awful, but the atittude can make it worse.

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I can count on one hand the numbers of time that I watched One Life to Live or All My Children. I watched CBS soaps, so I think I can judge this fairly since I am not an ABC soap fan.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. It’s bad enough to be canceled, but they could cancel soaps with respect and not spit in their face. I’m sorry, but that’s business 101.You don’t tick people off  for no reason. It would be upsetting anyway, but the way this was handled leaves an extra bad taste in people’s mouths.

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Soap Opera Jargon Baby Rabies

April 7, 2018

Every Friday night I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. I haven’t gotten in done much lately, but hope springs eternal. Find more on the soap opera jargon page.

Baby Rabies – Baby Rabies in its most direct form is used by soap fans for a couple or a woman suddenly and usually inexplicably becoming obsessed with having a baby. If writers have a happy couple and want a threat or storyline other than a third party attempting to break them up, having a baby is the next go to storyline. The quest for the baby then usually eats up the show taking over not only the couple’s storylines, but those associated with them. Often there will be multiple pregnancies at once bringing up the opportunities for baby switches, one father having kids with two different women at once, etc. The term is also used disparagingly by soap fans who don’t really care for the twists and turns of any pregnancy (which to be fair are normally presented according to a very predictable template) and use it for any baby related storyline. As in “Oh no! It’s another Baby Rabies storyline!” As I write this Devon Hamilton and Hillary Curtis are right in the middle of a Baby Rabies story on The Young and the Restless (March 2018).

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.

Full Episodes With a Date Updated April 2018

April 5, 2018

Full Episodes With a Date

There are a lot of Guiding Light clips on YouTube. Most of them aren’t full episodes and those that are don’t usually have a date associated with them. Sometimes through it’s able to find some and identify the date. Here are the full episodes I have dates that I’ve posted about. This will be an on going project so watch for more.

Nov. 2, 1979: Roger makes plans for plastic surgery in France with the beautiful surgeon Dr. Renee Dubois. Back in Springfield, Alan wonders who received the blind trust from his late father, Lucille Wexler plans another fatal “accident” for Ben McFarren, and the marriage of Rita and Ed Bauer is headed for the rocks.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/guiding-light-nov-2-1979

April 16, 1992: Hampton Speakes’s Bachelor Party, Ben and Little Billy “Pure Boy” comment, All men episode
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/favorite-individual-episodes-4

Jan. 26, 1994: Roger Thorpe returns to the land of living after hiding at Holly’s after he was shot
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/favorite-individual-episodes-5/

Dec. 20, 1995 – Dec. 25, 1995: Springfield celebrates Christmas, Holly and Fletcher discover Meg will have Down’s Syndrome, Vanessa and Bridget’s plan to share Peter is working well until Hart comes back, Roger is stealing money from his wife Dinah, Marian Crane is starting to unravel, Susan is in hospital after Marian attacked her, Santa Nick visits, Marah, Shayne, and Josh react badly to Reva’s Return, Special clips flashback episode from Dec. 25, 1995
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/christmas-1995-updated-2014

Dec. 26, 1995 – Jan. 8, 1996: Springfield celebrates New Years with a Costume Ball at the Lakeland Country Club, A returned from the dead Reva makes her mark on Josh who is with Annie Dutton, Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane builds to crescendo, Rabby go on first unofficial date, Budig has a scene that defines her version of Michelle, Returned Hart has trouble with Roger, Dinah, Vanessa & Bridget, Marcus is in jail
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/new-years-1995-1996-masarade-ball

Jan. 9, 1996 – Jan. 19, 1996: Brent Lawrence has Lucy Cooper held hostage, They discovered that Brent killed Nadine Cooper, J Chamberlain makes a successful play for his cousin Michelle Bauer (they stop at necking though), Reva, Josh, Annie, Marah and Shayne deal with the fact Reva isn’t dead and she’s with Alan Spaulding now, Dinah Marler Thorpe grows closer to Hart Jessup and then finds out his father/her husband Roger Thorpe set up her best friend Marcus Williams who is cleared of all charges relating to the Towers Robbery and Detective Cutter’s death. Rabby have a play date.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/final-brent-lawrence-terror-part-1

Jan. 22, 1996 – Jan. 26, 1996: Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but we get some great early Rabby and early Dart stuff. Also, Marcus is cleared, the Reva back from the dead custody fight is going, Matt is blackmailing Amanda into leaving Bloss alone over their experience in California with an escort service.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/final-brent-lawrence-terror-part-2

Jan. 29, 1996 – Feb. 2, 1996: Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence still has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but it’s interrupted for some more early Dart and kicking up the biggest story ever for the Grant family up a notch. Matt is still threatening Amanda about coming clean about the her escort service. Nola is still having problems with J and Bridget is trying to decide if she should go after Hart or not. Also, sort of tying in with the rescue attempts, but not really, Alan warns Annie that he thinks Jeva are starting to get back together and Buzz is making a move on Reva.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/final-brent-lawrence-terror-part-3-jan-29-feb-2-1996

Feb. 5, 1996 – Feb. 9, 1996: LAM’s fathers, Alan and Buzz, have teamed up to save the kids in one of my all time favorite Alan-Buzz sequences. Reva and Nick McHenry also join in the rescue effort. LAM are finally rescued and A-M and Alan make peace. Hart has taken his revenge on Roger by bedding Dinah, but Dinah still believes they are the real thing – for good reason. Dinah confides in Ross and he starts divorce proceedings between her and Roger. Bridget is furious that Hart is intending to abandon his son. There is some Annie-Jeva stuff which feels more like a check in with the story rather than organically fitting with the characters’s actions in the other storylines right now. However there is one of the most important scenes ever for Reva when she tries to explain Jeva to Alan in the most clear headed way she ever did. Blake locks Amanda into the construction shed kicking off a great and colorful dream sequence.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/brent-lawrence-bomb-in-the-lighthouse-part-4

Feb. 12, 1996 – Feb. 16, 1996: Rick confesses to Annie he still loves her and wants her back. Alan tells Reva to give up the custody fight or he’s leaving her. Reva picks her kids. With Alan out of the picture Buzz attempts to move in and ignores Hawk’s admonition that Reva and Josh will always find their way back to each other. The Jeva custody trial moves forward. LAM are back together and sorry to have missed their original wedding date and are in a hurry to arrange another. However, they aren’t as in as much of a hurry as Susan and Nick McHenry who will marry and move to Europe within the next week with little or no warning. Amanda is found locked in the construction shed and is dangerously ill. She’s rushed to the hospital meaning Alan has two children in the hospital right now. Dinah solidifies her friendship with Dinah – which is good they both could use a friend. Hart is still determined to leave town and heads for the bus station.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/jeva-custody-case-1996-feb-12-16-1996

Feb. 19, 1996 – Some Undated Days – At least one day is skipped so until we hit the 1st of March we are uncertain about the dates – Annie isn’t taking her separation from Josh well and they throw a party to cheer her up. Reva tries to reunite with Alan, but he rebuffs her. Alex and Alan make up over her objections to his relationship with Reva. Nick McHenry and Susan Bates quickly wed and leave the continent. We learn Henry Chamberlain has died. Ross continues to work at getting Dinah’s money back from Roger. Vanessa reaches out to Nola over Henry’s death. Marah has run away to Reva’s house, offering to stay with Reva if she lets Josh-Shayne-Annie alone. About half the town rallies round to help find Marah. Quint comes back for the funeral, but tactlessly brings along his mistress. Michelle gives Abby romantic advice. Abby stops wearing her Goshen clothes and she has a play date with Rick.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/nick-mchenry-and-susan-marry-we-learn-henry-is-dead-feb-19-1996-and-some-undated-days

Jan. 5, 1999: Danny has just discovered Michelle killed Mick, Susan had poisoned herself to stay with Harley, Buzz Remembers Jenna
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/favorite-individual-episodes-2

April 5, 1999: Pilar Santos is introduced, Blake, Cassie, and Harley have a slumber party, Selena Davis is creating a fake dead mother for Drew Jacobs
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/favorite-individual-episodes-3

May 8, 2001: Bauers find out Harley is working with the FBI against them
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/the-bauers-find-out-about-harleys-betrayal-may-7-8-2001

January 25, 2007: 70th Anniversary History recreated
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/70th-anniversary-history-recreated-episode

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.

Guiding Light Cast List 1959

April 4, 2018

This list is from Soaps: The History Part One from 1984. The list is dated 1959. I rearranged it by character first name and reversed the order so the character name comes first.

  • Ann Fletcher (Joan Gray)
  • Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer)
  • Bill Bauer (Ed Bryce)
  • Billy Bauer (Pat Collins) – Later known as Ed, a shortening of his middle name
  • Bruce Banning (Les Damon)
  • Dick Grant (James Lipton)
  • Frederich “Papa” Bauer (Theo Goetz)
  • Joe Turino (Joe Campanella)
  • Laura Grant (Alice Yourman)
  • Marie Grant (Lynne Rogers)
  • Mark Holden (Whitfield Connor)
  • Meta Bauer (Ellen Denning)
  • Paul Fletcher, Dr. (Bernard Grant)
  • Robin Holden (Abigail Kellog)

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.

Guiding Light on That 70s Show

April 2, 2018

That Retro Show

That 70s Show was like an anti-Happy Days. Instead of looking at a past time with rose colored glasses, it followed Eric Foreman and his friends through the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in the 1970s if you “ran with a fast crowd.”

The primary adults on the show were Eric’s parents, Kitty and Red. A continuing storyline in the later years of the show was that Kitty, who had been a tower of strength and stability, went to pieces having a difficult time emotionally and physically with menopause. Another continuing element was technology as “new” things like VCRs started to appear. One of these they tend to have the most trouble with was the TV/VCR remote aka “the clicker.”

Rambling On

I caught the last half of an episode walking through the living room a couple of weeks ago. It was the episode “Ramble On” Season 5, Episode 5. The A storyline is that Donna bought Eric a ring in the classic 70s leisure suit, Afro perms, and gold medal necklace style that her father favored. He hates it and even loses it for awhile which upsets Donna both because she put a lot of thought and money into the ring AND that she has pretended to like terrible presents he’d gotten her before. They make up in the end (they are an endgame couple after all).

Guiding Light!

In the B storyline Kitty continues her struggle with menopause and has a meltdown because the “clicker” aka remote won’t work so she can’t see…wait for it…the end of Guiding Light!

For some reason, even though I’d seen the episode at least once before, I hadn’t caught the shout out. Sadly they didn’t include any footage or even any soundtrack, but it was great it got a mention at all. If I catch That 70s Show again I’m going to keep an ear out for Guiding Light and so should you! Let me know if you catch any more shout outs!

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.

Fake Books Only on Soaps March 2018

March 29, 2018

I was looking for a title of a fake book on Guiding Light and much to my surprise I couldn’t find a list. So I decided to create one and update it as I found more. I previously put together individual lists for Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless, but this is all soaps. Check my lists here of books from several soaps and please give me suggestions for updates if you know of any I’ve missed on any soap.

The Bold and the Beautiful

A profile of Rick March 25, 2015 (technically a magazine, but gets credit for effort)

Cover 2015:

Magazine talking about Rick and Maya Forrester

Magazine talking about Rick and Maya Forrester

https://twitter.com/RicksPinkShirt/status/580891348032602112/photo/1

Read it here:
http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sldbdt

Dark Shadows

The Life and Death of Barnabas Collins, written by William Hollingshead Loomis. The blurb lists his other best selling novels: Pride of Lions, Gold Hatted Lover, and World Beyond the Doors. This is from their parallel time storyline.

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General Hospital

Love in Maine by Connie Falconeri aka Kate Howard/Molly Davis. Molly wrote the original novel, but Connie stole it and edited it to make it steamer. It was published in March 2013 and the truth of the authorship came out later that year.

Lust for Death by Lucy Cole.  Lucy came to town as a quiet librarian. She was involved with Kevin O’Connor who used her for an alibi in his murder case. After he dumped her, she wrote a tell all book for the money.

Man Landers is an advice book based on a popular advice blog of the same name. Nathan West became the front man, but the book and blog were actually written by nurse Amy Driscoll. Amy used the money from it to pay her veteran brother’s medical bills. It was published in 2017. The title is a play on Ann Landers who wrote a long running advice column in direct competition to one written by her twin sister Abigail Van Buren aka Dear Abby.

Guiding Light

The Pirate’s Woman – A romance novel Blake reads on her honeymoon
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-pirates-woman

Stories from JennaBlake Marler’s Novels One True Love and Hearts Alone
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/blake-marler-book-update-2015

The Novels of Phillip Granville Spaulding
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/the-novels-of-phillip-spaulding

“Prom Night” – A short story by Phillip Granville Spaulding
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/phillip-writes-prom-night/

Phillip Spaulding’s Fake Fake books from Harley’s Fantasy
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/phillips-fake-harley-books

Phillip Spaulding’s biography of Lujack
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/phillips-biography-of-lujack

Henry Bradshaw “Coop” Cooper Stories From Jenna
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/stories-from-jenna

Barbara Norris (Holly’s mother) wrote a syndicated cooking column according to the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The Young and the Restless

A special shout out to E LeBrun who has a collection of props used on The Young and the Restless and very kindly took a photo of her fake books part of her prop collection.

Katherine Moore Shepard (Kay) Chancellor’s tell all autobiography (from her own point of view of course which means a lot of distortion) was called I’m Going to Live ‘Til I Die and was co-authored with Amber Moore. Of all the fake books on Y&R this is the one I wish I could read most (except Bumpy the Camel). Jeanne Cooper, the actress who played Katherine, did do a life story for real including backstage stories about her time on the soap. It’s called Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir.

Three books with book jackets for characters from "The Young and the Restless"

On the Wings of Idiots by Traci Abbott, A Cry in Thin Air by Nina Webster, I’m Going to Live ‘Til I Die by Katherine Chancellor – Photo courtesy of E LeBrun

Victor Newman was the subject of not one, but two biographies that only exist in Genoa City. Victor’s often referenced unauthorized autobiography is called Ruthless: The Victor Newman Story, and was written by Leanna Love under the pen name Nora Randall. His friend Douglas Austin was working on an approved biography, parts of which Leanna lifted and Austin never finished his book after that scandal hit. After Leanna got to know Victor (before he found out she had written Ruthless) she felt she hadn’t done him justice and published an authorized and more balanced biography under her real name Victor Newman – The Man and the Myth by Leanna “Love” Randolph. Scott Granger started work on a second official biography in 2017, but the storyline was scrapped while the book was still in the research stage. Like Jeanne Cooper, Eric Braeden who plays Victor has written his real life biography named after Victor’s favorite catchphrase, I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama.

While Nina Webster worked on at least one other book and did the initial draft for a movie based on Kay’s book Live Until I Die, I have only found the title of one of her published books. A Cry in Thin Air was based on Nina’s introduction story where she was pregnant by a juvenile delinquent named Jimmy and the home for pregnant girls she ended up in Geona City actually ended up being a front for a baby stealing ring (Rose Deville, criminal extraordinaire). Nina spent years hunting for her first born son in real time and eventually he was revealed in the person of federal officer Ronan. Ronan had read the book after discovering his true identity (a nifty feat since his adoptive parents were unaware of Nina’s name and identity and it didn’t appear on the paperwork) and used the information in the book to track down his biological father who had died of the same rare disease Ronan suffered from until he was cured by a transplant from his half-brother via Nina, Chance.

Traci Abbott published at least three novels. Echoes of the Past was a novelized account of her life of living in her sister Ashley Abbott’s shadow. Her second novel was called Epitaph for a Lover. Traci was working on a third novel when she moved to New York. No further progress has been reported on air and the title for the third book wasn’t included in the reference I found. Just recently I found another title. I’m not sure whether this was the third book she was working on when she moved to New York or if this was in fact a fourth novel, but thanks to E LeBrun we know there was a book by her used on a set called On the Wings of Idiots. Still waiting for a Work In Progress mention guys!

E LeBrun's collection of props used on "The Young and the Restless"

Prop Books as Used On Screen – Photo courtesy of E LeBrun

Lori Brooks wrote two known novels. The more well known is In My Sister’s Shadow which was a lightly veiled version of her story of her life with her famous pianist sister. The second was called Naked at Dawn.

There are also children’s books only for the children of Geona City. The children of Genoa City love the children’s series Bumpy the Camel. The author is still turning out new books in this wonderful series that has sold out on first day offerings at the local Geona City bookstore. The author does not live in Geona City.

Knots Landing

Capricorn Crude by Valene Ewing – based on her experiences with the Ewing family

Miscellaneous

Note: These are from movies not soaps, but Mental Floss also shared a list of Fake books.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/65185/12-fake-books-drive-plots-your-favorite-movies

Also, a personal favorite from TV, the Honeybunnies:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/hunnybunnies

UPDATED March 31 2018: I spotted a mistake in formatting and a typo after I published it and just fixed both.

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