Monday, February 27, 2017


The recent posts I - and readers - liked best:

It's Time To Take Sides on 'The Bold & the Beautiful'

Who Will Help Anna In Her Hour of Need

Who Is Endgame for Ravi?

What's Next for the Kids of Port Charles

Should Soaps Be Interrupted for News?

And this one, where I was just supposed to be writing up a poll (albeit in my snarky, opinionated way), but ended up teaching a Y&R history lesson: Scott's Return to Genoa City!

Monday, February 06, 2017


Emmy-winner Hillary B. Smith is bringing Nora Hanon Gannon Buchanan to General Hospital!

To find out how fans feel about that, click here.

And those who never watched her on One Life to Live, read on for an exclusive interview about what made Nora and Bo so beloved:

This interview was initially posted on January 11, 2012


As One Life to Live approaches the end of its ABC Daytime run, Soap Opera 451 takes a look back at some of our favorite show memories.

When I interviewed Emmy-Award winning actress Hillary B. Smith for my book, Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments, she talked specifically about Nora and Bo's first wedding (with Little Richard!), and more generally about the couple's appeal as whole, telling me:

They were friends first. I think the key to a couple working is you’re just having a good time, and you’re not thinking about the results. We just were having a good time and having a lot of fun, and the writers were having a good time writing for us because there was no big agenda on the scene for these two. The writers were allowed to write whatever they wanted to. And the network kind of stayed out of it. It happened and it was perfect. The audience was rooting for them. The audience wanted them to be a couple before they were a couple, before Bo and Nora knew they were destined to be a couple. Hillary and Woodsy knew where we were going, but Bo and Nora didn’t....

It was an honest relationship. You saw them at their worst, and you still saw them as a team. It was an enviable relationship. Everyone wanted a relationship like that. Bob Woods tells the story of women going up to his wife, Loyita, and saying, “Oh, you’re so lucky, I wish I was married to Bo Buchanan.” And she says, “So do I.”...

People hang on to Bo and Nora because it was romantic. And it still is. We try to bring in as much romance as we can. We try to bring that aspect of marriage and that aspect of life back into play.

Click here for more OLTL memories and interviews with:

Headwriter Michael Malone

Judith Light (Karen)

Monday, January 30, 2017


I've shared how I'm back in the soap game, writing for and

One of my recent posts featured a poll asking viewers which Eileen Davidson character they preferred.

Find out the answer at this link.

And read my interview with Eileen talking about her multi-character Days Of Our Lives run, below!

This post originally ran on June 22, 2012

Monday: Julia Barr (Brooke; All My Children)

Tuesday: Linda Dano (Felicia; Another World)

Wednesday: Michael Malone (Headwriter; One Life to Live

Thursday: Susan Dansby (Scriptwriter, As the World Turns)

The rule of thumb in daytime - usually - is: Play a dual role, win an Emmy.

It worked for David Canary.  And Julianne Moore.  And Anne Heche.  And Ellen Wheeler.  And Martha Byrne.

Days of our Lives' Eileen Davidson did not win.  But, then again, she was not playing a dual role.

In 1998, Eileen played Kristin DiMera.  And Susan Banks.  And Sister Mary Moira.  And Penelope.  And Thomas.

For all of whom she received her first Daytime Emmy nomination.

Eileen Davidson: As a lead actress who’d always been known as a dramatic actress, it was just such a hoot for me, and so freeing to just let go and have fun.  I had a tape recorder and I would read the scene and turn it off when the character I was supposed to be talked.  I ran lines that way.  The major way that I knew it was working was because the crew was laughing, and I was laughing, we were cracking up all the time. 

They worked me to death.  I was at the end of my contract, I was going to leave after the first year I played Susan. And they asked me to stay an additional year to finish off the storyline, so I did.  James (Reilly; Headwriter) actually ended apologizing to me at the end of it.  He knew he’d worked me sixteen-hour days, Saturdays, I was really exhausted.  He apologized to me.  He said he couldn’t help it, he felt inspired by me.  He had no reason to apologize, it was a great, great, great thing for me.

Read more from Eileen, Susan, Michael, Linda, Julia, and dozens of other actors, writers, producers, experts and fans in Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments enhanced ebook, available on Amazon and B&N.

Plus, today is the last day to buy Alina Adams' Counterpoint: An Interactive Family Saga, When a Man Loves a Woman: Enhanced Multimedia Edition, and Skate Crime: Multimedia for only $.99 cents as part of the promotion.  Prices go back up this weekend!

Monday, January 09, 2017


As I mentioned last week, I am now writing The Young & the Restless and The Bold & the Beautiful spoilers for

They started out nice and straightforward, but, somewhere along the way, I began getting snarky.... and opinionated... and bringing up past character misdeeds that the show itself kind of wishes you'd forget.

So if you like your Y&R and B&B spoilers with a bit of an attitude (and a lot of respect for soap history), consider checking mine out at:

And make sure to let me now what you think!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Though it was my second Regency Romance novel for AVON, 'Thieves at Heart' proved to be the last one of my books to be turned into an ebook (don't ask why, the answer is long, complicated... and, in spite of that, ultimately uninteresting).

What's special about 'Thieves at Heart?' Well, to start, it was the book that finally killed off AVON's Regency line. Yes, I'm very proud.

Turns out that my involvement in it not only destroys soap-operas and primetime televised figure-skating, but also an entire literary genre for a major publishing house.

Check it out for yourselves, here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


I'm back in the soap business, writing for SoapHub and SoapShows.

I'm doing commentary for one, and spoilers for the other.

So if you've been missing my those-who-forget-history-are-doomed-to-repeat it take on our beloved genre, please check both out and let me know what you think!

Monday, December 12, 2016


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