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Q: I was wondering if you know if
Michael Easton is attached or not. Candiecick
I can't believe that the writers of AMC killed Gillian. I am so upset.
They would have had her missing or injured or something so that she could come
back. And they could have found
another heart donor for Laura. Gillian was such a core character on the show. I
don't understand why ABC is saying that Gillian is staying unless they mean as a
ghost because how can you come back from having been brain dead and having had
your heart donated to somebody? I'm
just really upset with the show. Do you know anything about if she is coming
back (alive) in the near future or if not do you know why she left (e.g.,
contract disputes, etc) ? Smileyface
fact is a person cannot come back to life once they are declared brain dead and
the doctor turns off their life-support, plus having had their heart donated to
someone else. So the only way
Gillian could stay around for awhile would be as a ghost. She and Ryan were so close that their ties may bind her to
him even beyond death.
from Katrina: Naomi is absolutely
correct about the improbable return of the dead, no-heart, interred Gillian.
Soap Opera Digest has reported that Gillian is indeed well and truly
dead, body-wise. AMC had denied
from the beginning that actress Esta TerBlanche was leaving and Esta’s camp
will only say that Esta is “in negotiations” with a contract that ends in
August. NOT having a contract has
not held back AMC before. Cady McClain has been working without a contract for months
now. Since Gillian was told in
heaven that if she performed a task, she could possibly return, we must presume
that there will be strings attached and it will not be a matter of “our”
Gillian’s body rising up out of the family crypt and coming back for Ryan.
Whether it’s in a new body or as a look alike or an extreme
metaphysical event will depend on contract negotiations and there is not yet at
outcome on those. As Cameron, Esta
and ABC have said (of course), “Just keep watching!”
Q: Why was the role of Sam
Rappaport recast? I thought that
the actor who originated the role was terrific.
February, official word came down that Kale Browne's contract would not be
renewed in March. At that time, they were not sure how they would do away with
the character or what the future plans would be.
Your sentiments are shared by many other fans who were upset at the
recasting of Sam Rappaport by actor, Laurence Lau, who is also five years
younger than Kale. To many of us,
Laurence looks more like Will and Jen’s brother rather than their father.
From Soap Opera Weekly:
a good thing Laurence Lau didn't get the part he originally screen-tested for on
One Life to Live.
Otherwise, he'd be dead now - that is to say, his character would be six
feet under. About a year and a half
ago, a friend of Lau's introduced him to Jill Farren Phelps, OLTL's
then-executive producer. "We had this long talk, and she really liked
me," Lau recalls. "Two months later, she called me back to screen-test
for Colin MacIver. It went really
well, it was a real close call, but they decided to go with Ty Treadway
instead." Treadway began airing in the spring of 2000, but MacIver
ultimately became a victim of foul play a year later.
Meanwhile, Phelps moved to General Hospital, and Gary Tomlin assumed her
position at OLTL. "He reviewed
that screen test," Lau says. "He
really liked the chemistry between Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and myself.
He gave me a call and asked if I was interested in coming back to New
York and working on daytime. Of
course I was."
didn't know until he returned to New York from Los Angeles that he would be
replacing popular Kale Browne in the role of Sam Rappaport.
"I thought I was going to rest for a brand-new character," Lau
reveals. "That's when I found
out that they were trying to find somebody to play Kale's role because Kale was
leaving the show. I thought for a
moment it could be awkward, since Kale's my friend. "(Lau and Browne worked
together on Another World, playing in-laws Jamie Frame and Michael Hudson,
respectively.) "But Kale gave
me a call when he found out,” Lau continues. "He said, 'I'm so happy that it's you and I'm just
thrilled for you. If there's
anything I can do just call me.”’
Q: I was watching Tina and Cord and Asa and Renee’s wedding on Soap Net last week, and Vicki was talking about this daughter Christine, and how she would like to get to know her. I knew Megan and Jessica were her daughters but have never heard her speak of a Christine. Who is her father and where is she now? Kimberly Craig
A: You’ve got me on this one, Kim. I don’t recall ever hearing Vicki mention a daughter named Christine, and after checking several sources, could not come up with any information. The only children Vicki has had that most of us are aware of were Megan, born in 1963; Kevin, born in 1976; Joey, born in 1980, and Jessica, who was born in 1986.
Q: Can you give me an in-depth look
at the first 4 Nurses Balls? I want to know all about the story-lines and who
A: 1994- At this time Bobbie was going through a bad time in her marriage to Tony Jones. She became bored and found herself attracted to Damian Smith. Soon Tony caught the two of them in a passionate kiss. When Bobbie lost her daughter BJ, it brought her back to reality and she became desperate to hold on to Tony. She denied her feelings for Damian and begged Tony to forgive her, but by that time he was too angry to even consider it. Finally, when Damian stepped in to tango with Bobbie on-stage at the Nurses Ball, the obvious attraction between them sent Tony over the edge, and he took out his fury on Damian's handsome face.
1995-For Laura, returning to Port Charles meant she finally could establish a safe home for her children. But Luke's involvement with mobster Sonny brought her dream to a crashing halt. Shortly before the ball, Laura had been flabbergasted when Lucky pulled out a gun to protect his family.
1996-Griefstricken over Stone's death and despondent over her own
HIV-positive status, Robin clung to Jason as her lifeline. Jason, himself the
victim of a brain-damage inducing car accident, had no memory of the past and
was searching for a reason to go on. Robin provided it. Heartbroken at the
thought of Robin speaking at the Nurses Ball about AIDS and the loss of Stone,
Jason begged her not to do it, but Robin insisted. Despite his utter dislike for
public appearances, Jason showed up at the ball to support her. Then, when she
collapsed in tears after announcing that she was HIV-positive, Jason selflessly
raced to the stage and carried her off in his arms.
1997- Fearing that Sonny would be pegged for Pierce Dorman's murder,
Brenda secretly substituted her own hair sample for her lover's. Sonny was
furious with Brenda for taking the risk, but touched that she cared enough to do
it. Once over their spat, Sonny was thrilled to attend the Nurses Ball with
Brenda on his arm. But their joyous night was to be short-lived. Detectives
Garcia and Taggert discovered a bloody scalpel in Brenda's car and came to the
ball to take her in for questioning. With Sonny otherwise occupied, Brenda had
no one to defend her and was forced to spend the rest of the evening at PCPD
I was wondering why The Outback, Mac's restaurant closed down? I
don't remember why. Candiecick
word as to when or if The Outback was closed down.
For some reason, the restaurant set is no longer used. Besides this, Mac already had too much on his plate, trying
to keep tabs on the whereabouts of his wife and Luke Spencer, and his career as
Police Commissioner of PC, both of which are now a thing of the past.
Q: I love your site. Is Rebecca
Herbst's real life pregnancy going to be written into the show?
There is always the
possibility that her pregnancy will be written into the storyline.
During an interview on Feb. 7, 2000, when a fan asked:
‘Rebecca, what kind of story-line that you
haven't done yet, would you like to do? Becky
replied: “ I would love to be pregnant on the show.
Because I love children so much……It would be a blast to pretend to be
Now it looks like she’ll have the opportunity to do a lot more than
Breaking News: It has been reported
that RH’s pregnancy will NOT be written into the storyline, so watch for big
envelopes, loose clothes and sofas!]
The dates for the 2001 ABC
Super Soap Weekend are November 3-4. Although
no attendees have been announced, it's been confirmed that Susan Lucci has
agreed to headline this event again this year.
You can check for updates at AllEarsNet http://www.wdwig.com/m_supersoap.htm
Winter wrote in with some information on a question posted in my last column:
there was a third Helena. She
appeared very briefly in scenes with Luke on the Greek Island. She had long black/gray hair and looked ill - I believe
Stefan was drugging her at the time. When
she escaped Stefan's control and first appeared in Port Charles, she was played
by Constance Towers.’
know the name of Helena #2??
welcomes all questions from the readers. I
will continue to do my best to give you the correct information, but I can’t
promise that questions concerning the private lives of soap stars will be
answered, as many times this information cannot be confirmed.
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