Here’s a few quick bites about various stories and news items – including a spoiler for Guiding Light fans. (If you’re spoiler free, read no further.)
THE LIVING END: Now that the news is in this week’s Soap Opera Weekly, and GL has (insert loud gasp here) made the COVER (!!??!!), I’ll share with you the identity of the character who’s sick (and may die) that I mentioned last week.
The character who is ill…..is (drum roll please…..) Phillip Spaulding.
This week’s Weekly story explains that he goes to see an infectious disease specialist……Ed Bauer. (Clearly, poor Phillip has been ill for months – it COMPLETELY explains why he had to wear that red Adidas hoodie every day for a month, so he could stay warm!)
Seriously, I have to say that I really like this idea and am optimistic that this could be meaningful for long time viewers. It would be different at another time and with a different set of circumstances, but I’m encouraged to see this as the show ends.
Yes, it might have been a bit better if it had been a character that hadn’t (a) been assumed dead before, more than once and (b) hadn’t JUST returned to the canvas, but quite frankly, this is not the time to be picky.
If us losing a beloved character – and our show – gives characters a natural, organic and unintrusive way to return to the canvas AND come together, I am ALL FOR IT.
I’ve mentioned the uneven ending that Another World had; a member of the AW team told me recently that there was ten days between when the announcement was cancelled and the final writing/tape date, so everything had to be done in a rush and with a limited budget.
Guiding Light had a lead of several months’ notice to think about how things will end, and I hope they’ve come up with something that will be fitting and give the audience and the show itself some closure.
We don’t know for sure that Phillip is definitely dying, and I’ve heard about a half dozen possible endings. But we DO know Phillip is sick, and we’ll first see Ed next Tuesday, June 23rd.
MAGNIFICENT MARTHA: I did something today I thought I’d never do again – I sat through an entire episode of General Hospital. It was somewhat entertaining: the mob was at a minimum, for one. I saw Monica (Leslie Charleson!) for at least 30 whole seconds, and Laura Wright looks fantastic. (So did Jason Thompson…..why is he not the star of the show?)
But the main reason I watched was to see Martha Byrne’s debut as Andrea Floyd. Martha was GREAT. She did a great job creating a new, Lady McBeth-esque character in Andrea, who wants to dig her husband (John Bolger) out of the hole he’s dug himself into. (His injured mistress died on the GH operating tables.)
I didn’t see even a sliver of “Lily” onscreen, though Byrne’s performance as the controlled, tightly wound Andrea brought to mind Lily’s mom (and Byrne’s former ATWT acting partner) Elizabeth Hubbard in a few frames.
(For my recent post about Martha’s new acting partner-in-crime, John Bolger, click here.)
NO, I AM NOT LIZ KEIFER’s PR AGENT: But there’s a GREAT interview with her in Soap Opera Digest. A must see for Liz fans and Blake fans!
HELL HAS FROZEN OVER: And in other SHOCKING news, the new SOD cover has absolutely NO reference to ANY of the usual suspects from The Young and the Restless. Only a small picture of Cane, underscoring the building Cane/Phillip/Langley “who’s who?” storyline.
How can this be? How will we ever find the magazine without those familiar faces on them? I’m SO worried. This may be a sign of the End Times. I mean, wasn’t there something about this in Revelations?
THREE MONTHS: Today is June 18th, which means there’s exactly three months until September 18th, GL’s last airdate on CBS. I’ve heard from many GL fans who are sad, mad or are still in total denial. Last week’s news about Crystal Chappell’s move to DAYS intensified the collective agony (and the number of messages in my inbox).