Hi Suds Buds!
Lately, the industry is abuzz about American soap operas going in the direction of their Latin American and Asian counterparts and developing storylines on a more short-term or telenovela basis. Seeing a concise, well-crafted story with an obvious beginning, middle and end, then on to the next, may prove more satisfying for the viewer. However, with the hesitation many longtime soap fans have of warming up to new characters, introducing the telenovela concept into the American market may be met with some resistance, especially if applied to our current lineup of daytime programming.
Case in point. As noted in last week's Top of the Week, veteran television, film and stage actress, Linda Purl, is now starring on Port Charles as Claire, a character who is terminally ill. Claire's story is an arc and will have a resolution before the month's end. According to Michael Logan in the May 6, 2000 TV Guide, if this approach is successful, "ABC may revamp the soap to make it more like the red-hot Spanish telenovelas." Logan also says that this controversial storyline "is the kind no soap would dare give one of its popular long-running players."
Therein could lie the problem. If networks are heading in the direction of the telenovela, they will not want to write themselves into a jam by creating short-term stories that could write fan favorites off the show. So, they may follow the lead of Port Charles, and create a telenovela story using a totally new character that viewers are not vested in. The question is, will longtime viewers even care about a new character's struggles or triumphs, short-term or otherwise? Will they root for this new person, or be annoyed at having to get to know yet another new face?
The test is in how cleverly the writing introduces the new character and weaves them into the fabric of the story. It will depend upon the actor involved, and the relationship and impact their character has to the other characters. If written effectively, using a more short-term approach to the storytelling may prove to be a welcome boon for today's soaps.
What do you think? Would you want more short-term storytelling on your favorite show and a faster resolution of plot lines? Would you rather these quick jolts of story be based upon existing characters and their plights, or new characters, such as Paolo on All My Children, whose raison d'etre was to stir things up for the other residents. He blew into Pine Valley, displayed hateful behavior, and was killed off the show. Do AMC fans even care? Please post your thoughts in the "Criticize the Critic" Message Board.
And now this!
Presenters of the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday, May 3, 2000. Rosie O'Donnell, Oprah Winfrey, Kathie Lee Gifford, Mimi Rogers, Donny & Marie Osmond, Martin Short, Alex Trebek, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, and Lisa Ling will join a stellar lineup of stars from the ten daytime dramas to present this prestigious award to daytime's finest. Here's the list of daytime drama presenters per network:
For General Hospital:
A Martinez, Jaclyn Zeman, Rebecca Herbst, Jacob Young and Colton Scott.
For All My Children:
Finola Hughes, nominated this year for Outstanding Lead Actress, John Callahan, Vincent Irizarry, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.
For One Life to Live:
Linda Dano, Kassie DePaiva, James DePaiva, Jason-Shane Scott, David Fumero, and Erin Torpey, nominated this year for Outstanding Younger Actress.
And for Port Charles:
Kimberlin Brown, Jon Lindstrom, Julie Pinson, Lynn Herring, and Ken Shriner.
For As the World Turns:
Martha Byrne, Jon Hensley, and Paul Leyden.
For Bold &the Beautiful:
Winsor Harmon, Bobbie Eakes, and Sarah Buxton.
For Guiding Light:
Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, and Mark Dobies.
For Young & the Restless:
Peter Bergman, Melody Thomas Scott, and Eileen Davidson.
For Days of Our Lives:
Alison Sweeney, Matt Cedeno and Austin Peck.
Liza Huber, Juliet Mills, and Josh Ryan Evans.
The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The telecast is being produced by dick clark productions, inc, and airs Friday, May 19, 2000 from 9:00-11:00 PM ET on the ABC network. Emmy winner Susan Lucci, star of All My Children, is hosting this year.
Casting NewsOn Days of Our Lives, Marci Kaplan continues in the role of Marlo, and Tanya Boyd is back as Celeste on Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, 2000.
Ebonie Smith has been cast in the recurring role of Valerie on Port Charles. Frank finds Jamal and Valerie in a compromising position on Wednesday, May 24, 2000 which leads him to question Jamal's true intentions, as well as his own. Smith was a series regular on Family Matters and The Jefferson's. She has guest starred in Roswell, Hang Time, Smart Guy, The Parenthood, and Xena: Warrior Princess. She has also appeared on the Bold & the Beautiful in a recurring role, but is most recognized from her role as Carrie Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon films.
Seeing StarsOn Mother's Day, May 13, 2000 everyone who is anyone on both Passions and Days of Our Lives will be appearing at Universal Studios Hollywood for a q & a and autographs. Shows are free with regular admission to the park. Check for show times when you arrive.
Join Days of Our Lives stars Jensen Ackles, Jason Cook, Bryan Datillo, Austin Peck, Kevin Spirtas and Victor Webster for a Day in Salem on Sunday, May 21, 2000 from 12-4:30 PM at the Westwood Banquet Hall in Garwood, New Jersey. Tickets are $135 each. Call 908 558-1190 for further information.
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