Don Diamont and Heather Tom
Best Soap: The Bold and the Beautiful
How can one show be both gloriously uplifting and dirty as hell? That's the marvel of B&B! After back-to-back Emmy wins as best soap, this CBS serial should make it three in a row thanks to its daring lung-cancer plot involving big mama Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) who nearly chose death over life. Episodes with Stephanie visiting the homeless on L.A.'s Skid Row, and giving them a chance to tell their life stories, made for important and transcendent TV.
In these days of crippling budget cuts, it's pretty damn remarkable that The Bold and the Beautiful went down to L.A.'s Skid Row and hired some 25 real-life homeless people to tell their life stories on camera. The sequences, airing October 28-29, are part of a plot that has Beverly Hills matron Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) battling stage 4 lung cancer and using what time she has left to help those who have nothing. The soap's exec producer-head writer Brad Bell, who has hired an additional 30 homeless to appear as extras, swears he won't be dropping this storyline anytime soon. In fact, it'll be an integral part of the show's holiday season. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the B&B boss man about his groundbreaking plot and where it goes from here. ...
The Bold and the Beautiful is famous for its gutsy storylines, and this one's a jaw-dropper. In the cliffhanger of the September 24 episode, control-freak matriarch Stephanie Forrester — played by four-time Emmy winner Susan Flannery — will find out that she has stage 4 lung cancer. Stephanie will stubbornly refuse treatment and decide to keep the dire news from her family, choosing instead to spend her final months checking off items on her bucket list: She'll throw herself a birthday party complete with a Silly Slide, ride the rollicking roller coaster at the Santa Monica pier... that sort of thing. Only Stephanie's archenemy Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) will be privy to the diagnosis — and that's by accident. TV Guide Magazine talked with B&B exec producer-head writer Brad Bell about this startling twist. And of course we hit him with the billion-dollar question — is Susan Flannery exiting the show? ...
The Bold and the Beautiful courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS
He was a prime suspect in the famous "Who Shot J.R.?" plot on Dallas. Now Patrick Duffy is returning to CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful for another big shooting. His character, gadabout dad Stephen Logan, will be paged back to town in November by his daughter Donna (Jennifer Gareis). "The Logan clan is being horribly abused by Stephanie Forrester [Susan Flannery] and Donna wants her father to stir the pot," says exec producer Brad Bell. Stephen has no idea that his eldest daughter, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), was recently raped or that sicko Stephanie had a hand in it. So expect fireworks. "For years this family has been ashamed to be Logans," Bell notes. "Now they're going to rise up proudly and combat this oppressive woman." Can we safely assume it's Steph who takes the bullet? Bell is mum except to say, "It's a shocker." Reporting by Michael Logan
Joshua Morrow by Robert Voets/CBS
I did a photo shoot with Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Sharon Case (Sharon) the other day. It was really fun or at least Sharon and I had fun. Josh couldnt wait to get out of there. He had a softball game to go to, and taking pictures is not Joshs favorite thing to do. Here he had two hot babes draped over him and he still didnt like it.Sharon just got married, so shes in honeymoon bliss. Its very sweet to see. Me myself, Im alone, barren and lonely, ha ha ha. Thats completely a joke. Of course I'm not barren.The Daytime Emmys are next week. It will be very fun Im sure. It's always fun to see everybody. Im very much looking forward to the lead-actress luncheon on Thursday. And I picked the place and put together the event, since Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B) was egregiously not nominated this year although she will be coming to the luncheon. Unfortunately, Maura West (Carly, ATWT) cannot attend. Im very bumme...
Don't forget that Wheel of Fortune's Soap Stars Week begins Feb. 27. Your daytime faves drop in on Pat Sajak and Vanna White to play for their favorite charities. The all-star contestant roster includes B&B's Susan Flannery, Lorenzo Lamas and Jack Wagner; Days-fan faves Matthew Ashford, Deidre Hall and Alison Sweeney; GH's Corbin Bernsen; GL's Ricky Paull Goldin; OLTL's Kamar de los Reyes; Passions hunk Galen Gering; Y&R's Peter Bergman, Kristoff St. John and Michelle Stafford; and Dancing with the Stars vixen Lisa Rinna with her Soap Talk cohost Ty Treadway. Just for fun, here's a photo I took wit
When Daytime Emmy nominations were announced Wednesday on The View, the CBS sudsers led the pack with 29 nominations to ABC's 12 in the major soap-opera categories. After an annus horribilis of budget slashing and cast cuts, there was finally good news for Guiding Light: TV's longest-running serial — which just turned 69 — will vie for best soap honors with As the World Turns, General Hospital and Young and the Restless. GL also scored the most acting nods, with a total of nine!
Speaking of suds thesps, many of the usual suspects were nominated, including Bold and Beautiful matriarch Susan Flannery, GH tough guys Maurice Benard and Anthony Geary, and GL diva Kim Zimmer. But Emmy also honored some newbies, such as One Life to Live's Renee Goldsberry, whose recognition was long overdue.
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Although Bold and the Beautiful honcho Brad Bell has admitted to feeling tempted to keep Lesli Kay on the canvas, the CBS sudser will kill off the dying Felicia Forrester as planned. Bummer!
"Isn't she marvelous?" Susan Flannery
(Stephanie) asks TVGuide.com. "I'm sad to lose her, too, but it's such a powerful story."
Despite Kay's popularity, her TV mom thinks it'd be a mistake to reverse Felicia's terminal cancer diagnosis just to keep her around. "Doesn't that kind of burn the audience?" Flannery says. "We have to go down this path and pay off the story in the right way."
Word is, Felicia's unfortunate demise will give rise to a Bold
new saga: a tussle over her baby son, Dominick. Look for Italian stallion Dante (Antonio Sabato Jr.
) to start asking, "Who's your real
Are you a Wheel watcher? No? Well be nice and tune in anyway during the week of Feb. 27, when your daytime faves drop in on Pat Sajak and Vanna White to play for their favorite charities. So far, the all-star contestant roster includes B&B's Susan Flannery, Lorenzo Lamas and Jack Wagner; Days diva Deidre Hall; GH's Corbin Bernsen; Passions hunk Galen Gering; and Y&R's Peter Bergman, as well as Dancing with the Stars vixen Lisa Rinna and her Soap Talk cohost Ty Treadway.