Network System

May 1, 2016

Revisiting a look at how the network system actually works and the role soaps play or played in it.

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Today’s post is directed at broadcast network TPTB. I don’t expect that anyone of them will ever read it, but they SHOULD because they clearly need a reminder.

Beginnings of the Network

The network system is not something that is divinely ordained. The network system developed on radio stations because it made sense for the INDIVIDUAL STATIONS. When radio first started every individual station paid for all its own programming. The way news is handled locally today used to be true for everything from talk shows to comedies to dramas. However, someone got the bright idea that if station A and station B aired the same dramas in different areas they could pool their resources and save money. Eventually this led to the creation of national networks once the technology reached the point where shows could be shared nationally.

http://earlyradiohistory.us/sec019.htm

Networks Turn to Television and Learns Loyalty

These networks included…

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Bethany Joy Lenz Tour 2016

April 28, 2016

Bethany Joy Lenz was of course the Michelle Bauer Santos that started the amazing Manny. Since she left Guiding Light she starred for years in the cult series One Tree Hill. After that series ended she has focused mainly on her music and her tour dates have just been released for 2016. Although she has toured as far afield as the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, it looks like this year they are mostly tight in the northeast.

TourDates16

Lenz recently tweeted out this link that is sort of a one stop shop for her music. It has not only tour information (scroll down), but videos of her performing (keep scrolling) and Soundcloud tracks (all the way at the bottom). Take a look and a listen.

http://modernvintagelife.com/music/

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.

John Wesley Shipp on Nola Confrontation

April 27, 2016

Looking back on one of the big moments in “Guiding Light” history.

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 @Jalpats12 talked on Twitter with john wesley shipp (my beloved Kelly Nelson of  Morgan & Kelly fame) about his confrontation episode with Lisa Brown (Nola Reardon) available on the Soap Classics DVD set.  Called The Many Sins of Nola Reardon on the DVD set, it appears on disc 2 on “Secrets and Scandals.” It originally aired July 27, 1981.

Dr. Kelly Nelson was in love with Morgan Richards. However, Nola Reardon was desperate for a way out of her hardscrabble life at the boarding house. She determined Kelly was her ticket out. Armed with her vast knowledge of classic movies and an incredibly vivid imagination, Nola had been conspiring for months to keep Kelly and Morgan apart and to snag him for herself. Nola even slept with Floyd Parker determined to get pregnant so she could pass the baby off as Kelly’s and get him to marry her…

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Hope Needs a Middle Name

April 25, 2016

Manny Move BackHope is Manny’s daughter. A sort of miracle daughter she’s the only good thing to come out of the deep, dark, best forgotten amnesia year. When she was born, in a way too complicated story and one last terrible blast at Manny before they turned around and got a little respect right before they left, Edmund Winslow had stolen her making everyone think Michelle’s baby had died. It really was a horrible story for everyone involved. Anyway to sum up it was Edmund’s attempt to keep a permanent hold on Cassie, so he told Cassie the baby was the product of Dinah being a surrogate for Cassie and Edmund’s embryo.  That really is a streamlined version of the story, but the upshot is that when Manny found out she was really theirs she was already named Hope.

Cassie named her Hope for much the same reason that Brooke Logan Forrester called her daughter Hope on The Bold and the Beautiful, to symbolize the hope for the better future. Manny decided to keep her name partly to acknowledge Cassie’s role in taking care of her at first. They also kept it because Hope was a family name. Michelle’s cousin was Hope (of Hope and Alan fame).

So Hope has a first name and considering the amount of thought went into Robbie’s name connecting the families I think Hope should have a middle name that also has a family connection. We’ve used Maureen for Danielle’s middle name, but there are other people who should be honored. I think my first choice would be Meta since Michelle and Danny both had such a strong relationship with her. Other connection choices might be Jenna (who Michelle was very close to growing up) and Pilar (Danny’s sister). Do you have any other thoughts for what we should christen Hope?

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.

Dylan Lewis and Bridget Reardon

April 24, 2016

Looking back at Dylan Lewis and Bridget Reardon Lewis.

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Another one of my favorite couples was Dylan Lewis and Bridget Reardon Lewis. They came back for the finale, so the people who just watched at the end might also appreciate a little bit of a background who they are because its been a REAL long time. First, a little background. When Harley Cooper Davidson was first introduced she was pregnant. She had the baby who she named Daisy (after the daisies the baby’s father used to bring her) and gave her up for adoption, eventually the baby was adopted by the LeMays. The baby’s father had abandoned her and she took older brother Frank’s advice to pretend her baby never existed. She got into a foursome with Dinah Marler (version 1.0), Alan-Michael Spaulding, and Cameron. It was a lite version trying to recapture some of the Four Musketeer magic. Alan-Michael and Harley married. They said it was to get…

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Just Checking In

April 19, 2016

I know, I know, I know.  I have just done a terrible job lately of getting my posts up. Sadly real life has continued to get in the way of reel life, but I haven’t disappeared. Hopefully time will turn around soon. I’ve got lots of ideas, I just need to carve out the time to sit down and write. My apologies for being so long between posts.😦

There is a destiny… Continued

April 10, 2016

I love this poem.

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I already blogged with the text of the poem used heavily in early days of the show and revived for the “Hands” opening for the 70th anniversary. You can read that post here:

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/there-is-a-destiny

Apparently some fans didn’t like this “hands” opening, but while I wish they used different images, I loved the poem and even memorized it. However, they referenced over and over again that it was something that Rev. Ruthledge would say, so I assumed Irna Phillips wrote it and absolutely nothing I saw that entire year on the show or in the fan mags or online that suggested anything else.

However, I just watched and favorited on Youtube the 1992 primetime anniversary special for Guiding Light. (Yes, we used to rate that kind of support from CBS. ) In it, some of the older people also quoted the poem, but they gave a different citation. I…

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Michelle Goes Undercover and Michelle’s Testimony in Danny’s Trial July 23 24 2001

April 8, 2016

Mon., July 23, 2001 – At the Courthouse: Blake tries to talk to Ross but he is busy looking for Michelle. Ray comes in and Danny asks him if he has seen Michelle. Ray tells him he passed her going the other way on Fifth Street. Gus is watching as they frantically look for Michelle, who is to be called as their next witness. Blake looks over the files she had found while in Chicago and at the photo of young Gus. She tries again to talk to Ross but he is adamant that he is too busy to hear anything right then. Gus tells Doris that he has an idea and pulls her out into the hall. Danny is upset that Michelle is not there. Ross tells him that they need Michelle there to testify now. An aide comes in and tells Ross court is about to resume but Ross tells her they still have 20 minutes, the aide tells Ross that the DA sent the judge a note telling him to cut the recess short. Blake tells Ross that she has news about Gus. He tells her they will talk later. The Judge calls court into session. Ross tells the Judge that the shortened recess is causing him schedule issues. The Judge tells Ross that he should call his next witness. Gus seemed pleased at Ross’ nervousness. Ross tries to stall but the Judge wants him to get on with calling his witness. Ross tells the judge that his witness isn’t there yet but should be there soon. The judge tells him to call another witness now. At the Dentist Office: A very flirtatious, disguised Michelle is bantering flirting with Carmen’s dentist. She talks about Danny’s trial and how she wishes she had the inside scoop. The dentist tells her that Carmen was his patient. Michelle keeps talking about Carmen and the dentist tells her that his records are what the police used to identify the body. The dentist tells Michelle that Carmen had implants and one had punctured her sinuses. She asks to see the x-ray and the doctor goes to get it. He shows her and then notices that the x-rays were not those of Carmen’s, not even close to her mouth. Michelle knew it. The dentist tells her that this isn’t Carmen’s file although it has her name on it. Michelle tells him that he has proof that the body was not Carmen’s. He tells her that he has duplicate files in a warehouse downtown. He writes a note giving his assistant access to obtain the duplicate files on Carmen. Michelle sends the doctor out of the room for something and she grabs the note and runs out. Michelle finally comes back in with the file of Carmen’s records. Ross calls her to the stand and has her sworn in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_VClA1OHwE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bbRFlYG9bo (alternate slightly shorter link, I think the sound might be less well synced)
(Michelle’s Testimony in Danny’s Case)

Tues., July 24, 2001 – At the Courthouse: Michelle wants to talk to Ross, but the judge tells them that there will be no more delays. Ross says that the Bauers are a highly respected family, much different from the name Santos. Michelle tells him that the stigma of the Santos name follows them wherever they go. Michelle says it is her son’s heritage and the name has no negative connotations for her. She tells the DA that not everyone with that name is bad. Ray is a priest; Danny is a good husband and father. Michelle says Danny is better than the people Doris has on her side that framed Danny for this crime with phony evidence. Doris objects. The judge tells the jury to disregard the last statement. Harley asks Gus why Michelle is glaring at him. Ross asks Michelle about her meeting with Carmen that night. Michelle says she was drugged and woke up on the docks. Lucas Carmichael was the name of the thug who drugged and kidnapped Michelle, but she didn’t know his name until he testified. Carmen was cruel and heartless and had hated her from when she first met her. Michelle saw Carmen with a gun and pleaded with Carmen to let her and her baby live. Carmen said Michelle’s child was poisoned with the Bauer blood and deserved to die. She raised her gun at Michelle just as Danny appeared and made a split second decision. She tells the jury that she and Robbie are alive because of Danny’s decision. Referring back to Michelle’s comments about Carmen, Doris asks Michelle if Danny is cruel and heartless and capable of murder and she tells Doris that he is not, it wasn’t like that. Doris asks if Michelle capable of murder and she admits that she is. (See my comments) Doris goes on to tell how Michelle killed Mick, Carmen’s first-born son and Ross objects. Doris asks Michelle what she used to kill Mick. Michelle says a rock in self-defense and again Ross objects. Doris: “Mrs. Santos, you must be one special lady. There’s a lot of people being killed to keep you safe.” First Mick and then Carmen and asks how many Santos members she and her husband have killed and tells her that at this rate only Michelle, Danny and the baby will be left. Danny jumps up and tells Doris to come after him instead of his wife. Gus tells Frank and Harley that Danny is making this too easy. Harley thinks Michelle knows something. Michelle mentions the body not being Carmen’s and Doris asks Michelle if she is an expert witness to prove the body isn’t Carmen’s. Doris says all they have is her devotion to her husband and tells her to show her something else. Michelle holds up the dental file and says she does have proof and begs her to ask about these files. Doris tells the Judge that she isn’t going to hear from Michelle that way. Ross asks to approach the judge. Michelle has evidence and Doris objects. The judge asks to see the file. Gus wonders what they are doing. The judge calls a brief recess to examine the evidence. Doris asks Gus if there is something she should know. Danny wonders what is going on and Ross says Michelle earned a big Mother’s Day present next year. Court reconvenes and Michelle shows Doris a copy of Carmen’s dental records, which could be verified by Dr. Fisher and how they are totally different from the ones the police used to identify Carmen’s body. She tells the jury that there has been a switch and Doris will have to ask their investigators how that happened. Ross asks Michelle what it means if the dental records don’t match. She says the body isn’t Carmen’s. There is a lot of talking in the courtroom and the judge adjourns for the day. Harley asks Gus what he did and he tells her that he is sure the body is Carmen’s.

https://youtu.be/6ve_a0PW-is (Part 1)

https://youtu.be/vmVg_RtYqtE (Part 2)

https://youtu.be/vpLptijRikY(Alternate shorter version)

My Comments:

This short recess thing seems strange to me. I could see if she was late for the regular time of recess, but if someone thought they had a certain amount of time to be gone and they didn’t tell everyone not to leave I don’t see how it could not be OK to be a little late. 

I wonder if Michelle took the name Wanda from the Lewis family secretary. She should know Wanda. Michelle made a mistake getting the file herself. It was coming anyway and it broke the chain of evidence for her to get the X-Rays and they would have been thrown out, although the dentist still could testify. Wanda is a fun sidebar though. Still I’d think Ross would have another witness. Rick maybe or Ray?

Blake’s stuff is important, but not as important as she thinks. Sadly they never do make Gus Aitoro really Miguel Santos, Jr. :( 

I like Michelle’s speech although I wish she’d thrown in more specifics in her anti-bigotry pitch. The one name she does drop is Jose Marti and how Danny and her read his poetry. A line that would have a lot more power if they’d actually SHOWN them doing that at some point. Also it would have been nice to have them show Michelle have some kind of attempt to celebrate Hispanic culture. Of course they don’t exactly pull out the Wagner operas either (the Bauers are German, Michelle is 3rd generation born in this country).

I don’t think it’s right they call what Michelle did to Mick was murder, it was declared self-defense. “He was coming on to you” that is a terrible thing to equate with rape.

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 Round Up 76

April 6, 2016

This is the seventy-sixth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/faq-back-issues-2014/

The February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest spells out their “50 Unforgettable Soap Moments”. Strangely it only lists one moment from Guiding Light, the first Reva in the fountain scene.

Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) discusses his new Days of Our Lives role in the Feb. 22, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the February 15, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest recaps the year in soaps of 1980. On Guiding Light Lisa Brown (Nola Reardon Chamberlain), John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Nelson), Kevin Bacon (T.J. Werner #2), and Kristin Vigard (Morgan Richards), arrived as a new crop of young people. Both the Reardon and Chamberlain families were established. Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe) fell off a cliff and Maureen Garrett (Holly Norris Thorpe) soon followed his exit. Other long lasting story point were Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding marrying and Justin Marler discovered that Phillip Spaulding was his biological son.

The flashback quotes in the February 22, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest include Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1). She was talking about the prom in the July 7, 1992 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
“I think the day we did the prom was my longest day. We worked from 7 am to 4 am. They did the whole crowning of the Prom Queen, and that was really neat. It was emotional and sweet, and I was never asked to prom, so it was sort of like going to one.”

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) is featured in a roundup of fitness tips from soap stars. Find it in the February 15, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) sells homemade items including jewelry on Etsy. Find her store:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/emmerylan

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) left Days of Our Lives when his character was apparently killed by Bo Brady saving his true love Hope’s life. However, he’s back filming. Read more about it in the February 15, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) appeared in a Lifetime Christmas movie where the heroine brings her boyfriend home only for him to discover that if he marries her he will become Santa Clause. The movie is called Becoming Santa. Find out more about it here (be sure to check out the music video). Read a little bit more in the December 14, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/becoming-santa
Bundy also teamed up with Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding) for a master teaching class at Washington and Lee University. http://cbs.soapsindepth.com/posts/laura-bell-bundy-reunites-guiding-light-grant-aleksander-89130

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) recently made a stir online when he decided to wear his real glasses as his character Ric on General Hospital. See a photo and read more about it in the February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The Alan-Michael, Eleni, Frank triangle got out a shout out in round up of people who had been fooled into thinking their significant other cheated. (Alan-Michael paid Musette to say she slept with Frank.) Catch a few more details and a photo in the February 22, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Nelson, part of my beloved Kelly and Morgan) reported on Twitter @JohnWesleyShipp is going to be making an appearence at Philadelphia Comic Con in April 2016.
http://www.philadelphiacomiccon.com/guests-and-artists/john-wesley-shipp.html

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau, part of the great Christina and Remy pairing) presented the Best Telenovela at the International Emmys. See a photo in the Jan. 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) has been cast on BET’s new sitcom Zoe Ever After. Read more about it in the February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Frank Grillo (the last Hart Jessup) know appearing in Kingdom, was photographed at his AOL Build interview. Find the photo in the Jan. 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) is the subject of a feature profile in the February 16, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest. The profile focuses on her recent departure from Days of Our Lives.

Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster, who started with the Mole puppet & then was falsely revealed to be Jonathan Randall) and his wife Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) had a bit of a scare when their baby broke her rib sending Frantz to the hospital. Read about it in the December 14, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. The baby girl, Amelie Irene, was born December 1, 2015. Read more about it here:
http://cbs.soapsindepth.com/posts/adrienne-frantz-scott-bailey-bring-home-baby-girl-see-the-pic-83460

Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis #7, the last one) is going to appear on Super Girl on February 22, 2016. His character will be called Master Jailer. Read more about it in the February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Taye Diggs (Sugar Hill, who was a spoiler for Deliah/Marcus and was part of the Drew Jacobs introduction story, he was a music producer) has written a couple of books featuring a mixed race child. Find them here:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Taye+Diggs&search-alias=books&field-author=Taye+Diggs&sort=relevancerank

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.

GL Alumns form Production Company

April 3, 2016

An update to whatever happened with the 9after7 Productions from the Guiding Light alumns.

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It’s a longtime tradition that when a group of actors can’t find a production situation they like and feel that the fans will back them, they start their own company. You might have heard of another similar project from a long time ago called United Artists?

A group of Guiding Light actors and actresses have done exactly that. The new production company is called 9after7 Productions. Their first production is a straight to DVD movie called LA LUMIERE. Tentatively they have cast (their names followed by their GL roles) : Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding), Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper), Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding), Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines), Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis), Robert Newman (Josh Lewis), Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper), Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper), Bradley Cole (Prince Richard Winslow/Jeffery O’Neill), Michael O’Leary (Dr. Rick Bauer), Orlagh Cassidy (Mayor Doris Wolfe),

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