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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.

I recently was ending a relationship with an online photo service I’d used since 1998 because they are going out of business. They made a deal with a new place, arranged for all the photos to transfer with one click of a button, and arranged a…

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Introducing Audio Fanfic

March 25, 2018

This is the audio version of my first fanfic. I hope you enjoy it.

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Manny Move Back Manny Move Back

I’ve started a new project where I’m going to introduce audio versions of my fanfics. I hope that you enjoy them this way. I recorded them in 15 minute pieces, so you can find your place easier.

My first one is the first fanfic I ever wrote A Typical House which is a story of what Manny was doing in California. This nostalgic tale features on how the family deals when Robbie is assigned to do a family tree. (Part 1)–part-2 (Part 2)–part-3 (Part 3)

UPDATED March 24 2018: I checked the links and they are still good. 🙂 I’ve added my current signature block and a link to the written version of the story.

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…

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Soaps Support Strong Women

March 18, 2018

I love this quote.

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A recent book by Elaine Showalter has an interesting  descriptions of soaps in a section called Story Belongs to the People.

“One cultural contribution of the 1930s was the radio soap opera; daytime radio offered a rich choice of serial dramas about women, stories to brighten the lives of lonely housewives. Their shared theme, one historian notes, was women’s strength in the face of male weakness. ‘The men in their lives were handsome, but unreliable. They had affairs… they failed in business… or they were left helpless by blindness, amnesia, or some crippling trauma.’ Women had to step into the breach, save the family, and take over as breadwinners. These drastic solutions to female fantasies were deplored by male writers, as they had in the days of Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall. James Thurber complained that ‘the man in the wheelchair’ has come to be the standard Soapland symbol.” and…

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Little Havana

February 28, 2018

Love Little Havanna.

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One of my on going projects is to create a list of descriptions of places in Springfield. I post them first as blog posts and then put them in alphabetical order on the Places of Springfield page. After I started it occurred to me that it would helpful to add links that show clips of the places described. Newer entries are posted with links and I”ll go back and add others as I come across them. I plan on eventually adding links through time, but again those will come as I find them. These are not necessarily the most interesting or important things that happened in a location, merely the best scenes I’ve found that show the most complete view of the set. Check back at “Places of Springfield” for updates. Now for today’s addition. It ties in closely with Company, so that’s why it’s next.

Little Havana ~ Little…

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Guiding Light Trivia

February 25, 2018

Can you answer this “Guiding Light” trivia?

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The following trivia questions were from the Aug. 3, 2009 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Find the answers at the bottom, but don’t cheat! It’s not a Manny thing to do. (I edited a few questions for greater clarity.)

1. When Great Aunt Meta Bauer left Springfield the final time, she wound up in which Canadian province?

a. Quebec
b. Nova Scotia
c. British Columbia

2. Which Lewis did Eleni Andros date briefly?

a. Dylan
b. Josh
c. Billy

3. While working at The Springfield Journal, Tangie Hill (Marcy Walker), Roger Thorpe’s ward and Josh Lewis’s love interest, used the alias of a famous fictional woman reporter. Which one was it?

a. Mary Richards
b. Murphy Brown
c. Lois Lane

4. In what year did Alexandra Spaulding’s long lost son, Nick McHenry come to town?

a. 1990
b. 1991
c. 1992

5. Where did Matt Reardon first…

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Danny and Michelle Valentine Wedding

February 15, 2018

Remembering a VERY special wedding.

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Our third and so far final Valentine Wedding is Danny Santos and Michelle Bauer. Although pushed off Feb 14th, by the fact Valentine’s Day fell on a Sunday that year and the wedding went over several days on the show, the Manny church wedding was supposed to be on Valentine’s Day 1999.

Although Manny is a wonderful romance, they had a rough beginning. Danny’s brother Mick attacked Michelle and her friend Drew on the beach. Mick was dragging Michelle off, threatening to rape her when the girls in turn, hit him on the head with a rock. The original Manny wedding off screen in front of a Justice of the Peace was done to protect Michelle from Danny’s mother, Carmen who had sworn to kill her for killing Mick. In the early days of this fake marriage Carmen set many tests for Michelle, one of which was this church wedding…

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Valentine’s Day Week 2015

February 14, 2018

I had several posts I thought I’d get ready this year, but I put the time in my Bauer BBQ story. I’m on chapter 7 and hopefully will be able to share the rest of the story soon.

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Pink Sheets Pink Sheets

We’re wrapping up our very first full week of Guiding Light Valentine’s Day here at GLManny. Thanks to everyone who watched along as we posted and I hope you’ll check back as we add to these categories each year. Also remember to share if you find Valentine related Guiding Light clips online, if you want to share a write up about your favorite Guiding Light couple, or if you want to do a Valentine’s Day fanfic of any couple from Springfield.

Guiding Light Wedding Montage

Valentine’s Day Weddings

Maureen Reardon and Ed Bauer 1983

Billy Lewis and Vanessa Chamberlain 1984

Beth Raines and Phillip Spaulding 1991

Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos 1999

Valentine’s Through the Years

2006 – Part 1 -Harley & astral Gus

2006 – Part 2 – Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? – Mystery sex at Inn


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February 11, 2018

Revisiting Nu

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Every Friday night I post a term of soap opera jargon. I give a definition and then once I post it, I put it on the “Soap Opera Jargon” page. Check back for new terms every week.

Nu – Nu is a prefix that is put before a character name when it has been recently recast. Normally it’s only used for a relatively short time before a new actor or actress is accepted in the role. Sometimes, however, a recast doesn’t take. Then even if an actor remains in the role,  he or she never shakes the nu label. For example Nicole Forester was always the nuCassie and Brian Gaskill was always nuDylan (so much so that his original portrayer Morgan Englund returned for the finale week). However, nuMarah only lasted a short time with most of the recasts. It’s pronounced new, as in new Cassie. There is…

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“Learn Some More Spanish!”

February 7, 2018

Listen to Danny and learn some Spanish.

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“While you are at it, LEARN some more Spanish!” Many people’s all time favorite Manny argument is during the “fake” marriage when Danny has been bending over backwards to humor Michelle and she’s been fighting him every step of the way. Finally, he snaps and really lets her have it, ending with the great invective for her to get with program, help plan the wedding, and learn some more Spanish before storming out of the room. (Nobody can storm out of a room like Danny.)

If you feel like following Danny’s instruction, you can learn a few key phrases at this website:

Check out the “Learn Some Spanish Fight.”

UPDATED February 6 2018: I added a photo and the link to the 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…

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Why Carmen Favors Danny

February 4, 2018

My opinion why Carmen favored Danny over Mick.

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Mick SantosI have recently been reading a lot of Manny fanfic and a question that is constantly being answered in a lot of these stories is why Carmen so clearly favored Danny over Mick. A lot of these stories suggest that it was because (despite what we know on screen) that they actually had different fathers. The candidates for Danny’s “real” father in these stories range from someone entirely made up for the story, to Ray’s father, to Prince Richard, and, perhaps most intriguingly, to Roger Thorpe. However, I think making this suggestion completely misreads the character of Carmen.

RS Danny between Michelle and Carmen 2

No matter what Miguel might have done to betray her or she to him, Carmen genuinely loved Miguel. In Gone With the Wind, Rhett Butler tells Scarlet after Bonnie’s death that he could pretend Bonnie was Scarlet before the war and life had done things to her. It’s obvious Carmen pretended…

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