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Like Sand Through an Hourglass: Behind the Scenes of DOOL

Sarah Brown who played Carly Benson on General Hospital, she was the best Carly in my opinion, but, I digress, she also played Madison on Days of our lives, has been spilling some tea about her career being derailed by Les Moonves of CBS  and others. I really feel bad for her, she had to sell her house and she has retired from acting. She is a great actress, I always loved her.. I remember Jill show killer Pharen Phelps treated her like shit for getting pregnant and ruining her plans for the show.  Sarah had gotten pregnant after her character Carly had given birth on the show and Jill was fit to be tied.

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3 hours ago, Apprentice79 said:

Sarah Brown who played Carly Benson on General Hospital, she was the best Carly in my opinion, but, I digress, she also played Madison on Days of our lives, has been spilling some tea about her career being derailed by Les Moonves of CBS  and others. I really feel bad for her, she had to sell her house and she has retired from acting. She is a great actress, I always loved her.. I remember Jill show killer Pharen Phelps treated her like shit for getting pregnant and ruining her plans for the show.  Sarah had gotten pregnant after her character Carly had given birth on the show and Jill was fit to be tied.

I think Sarah Brown is frankly overrated as an actress. With that said, from all she dropped, she didn't deserve the smearing she received from Les Moonves. At least it looks like he is finally out at CBS. Maybe the misogyny level there and on its dramas will drop a few hundred points now.

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17 hours ago, Apprentice79 said:

Sarah Brown who played Carly Benson on General Hospital, she was the best Carly in my opinion, but, I digress, she also played Madison on Days of our lives, has been spilling some tea about her career being derailed by Les Moonves of CBS  and others. I really feel bad for her, she had to sell her house and she has retired from acting. She is a great actress, I always loved her.. I remember Jill show killer Pharen Phelps treated her like shit for getting pregnant and ruining her plans for the show.  Sarah had gotten pregnant after her character Carly had given birth on the show and Jill was fit to be tied.

I find Sarah to be a really great dynamic actress.  To see someone of her talent level go through that is really shameful.  Now I know why she hasn't been working lately.  I know she died as Madison, but I would be all for a revival of the character or at least bringing her back as someone knew.

How about bringing her back as a re-cast Jaime?  This way they could still pair her up with Allison when she guest stars and keep her in scenes with Kate as well. 

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7 minutes ago, JBC344 said:

I find Sarah to be a really great dynamic actress.  To see someone of her talent level go through that is really shameful.  Now I know why she hasn't been working lately.  I know she died as Madison, but I would be all for a revival of the character or at least bringing her back as someone knew.

How about bringing her back as a re-cast Jaime?  This way they could still pair her up with Allison when she guest stars and keep her in scenes with Kate as well. 

She should have been cast as either Sarah Horton or Noelle Curtis.. An established legacy character would have given her more staying power on Days.  Soaps don't know how to introduce new characters anymore. 

I love Sarah as an actress and she seems to be unspooling on twitter.  It is very uncomfortable to see..

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On 9/6/2018 at 10:32 PM, Apprentice79 said:

Sarah Brown who played Carly Benson on General Hospital, she was the best Carly in my opinion, but, I digress, she also played Madison on Days of our lives, has been spilling some tea about her career being derailed by Les Moonves of CBS  and others. I really feel bad for her, she had to sell her house and she has retired from acting. She is a great actress, I always loved her.. I remember Jill show killer Pharen Phelps treated her like shit for getting pregnant and ruining her plans for the show.  Sarah had gotten pregnant after her character Carly had given birth on the show and Jill was fit to be tied.

Believe it or not, for all her sins, Jill Farren Phelps WASN'T the one in charge when Sarah was pregnant on GH. It was actually Wendy Riche, of all people, who told Sarah she should have kept her legs closed when Sarah got pregnant with her daughter Jordan right around the time Carly was about to give birth to Michael. This was in 1997-1998.

I know, it still boggles my mind that she was capable of that. She opened up Genie Francis' outfit one day and shook her head at Genie's weight, too. It still floors me. All of this sounds like classic JFP, but it actually wasn't. Go figure. 

Jill joined as GH's EP in 2001, right around the time Sarah left. 

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13 minutes ago, UYI said:

Believe it or not, for all her sins, Jill Farren Phelps WASN'T the one in charge when Sarah was pregnant on GH. It was actually Wendy Riche, of all people, who told Sarah she should have kept her legs closed when Sarah got pregnant with her daughter Jordan right around the time Carly was about to give birth to Michael. This was in 1997-1998.

I know, it still boggles my mind that she was capable of that. She opened up Genie Francis' outfit one day and shook her head at Genie's weight, too. It still floors me. All of this sounds like classic JFP, but it actually wasn't. Go figure. 

Jill joined as GH's EP in 2001, right around the time Sarah left. 

Thanks! for that clarification.

Genie Francis was always treated like shit by the women who ran General Hospital... do you know who denied her the same vacation privileges as the actor who played Luke? 

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1 minute ago, Apprentice79 said:

Thanks! for that clarification.

Genie Francis was always treated like shit by the women who ran General Hospital... do you know who denied her the same vacation privileges as the actor who played Luke? 

Now that was Jill. Wendy Riche actually gave them to her. How was Genie treated by DAYS? Did she like it here, at least?

I think there was some debate about how soon Sarah would leave GH once Jill was there, although Sarah later came back to play Claudia, so I guess they put it aside (unless Sarah exiting a year later was because of fallout between her and JFP in addition to Guza). 

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22 minutes ago, UYI said:

Now that was Jill. Wendy Riche actually gave them to her. How was Genie treated by DAYS? Did she like it here, at least?

I think there was some debate about how soon Sarah would leave GH once Jill was there, although Sarah later came back to play Claudia, so I guess they put it aside (unless Sarah exiting a year later was because of fallout between her and JFP in addition to Guza). 

Genie loved working with Drake. She had great chemistry with him as Diana.  Roman and Diana were very popular. However, she complained about her character not having any direction and the writers did not seem to know what to do with her.  The Marlena fans hated her for being with Rojohn, she used to get hate mail by the pound.  I always felt that she should have had a son by John. Instead we got  retcon Paul.  I would have loved to have seen her reaction to Marlena, she was very jealous of her ghost.  Stefano used to love taunt her about her insecurities regarding Marlena and told her that she was just placeholder for her.  

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I know Genie is back at GH full time now, but I would love to see her back as Diana. 

I also agree that storywise Paul would of been better as Diana's son. 

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On 9/9/2018 at 1:55 PM, UYI said:

Wendy Riche actually gave them to her.

Allegedly, though, there was friction between Genie and Wendy Riche because Genie didn't lose enough weight after her maternity leave, so...

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I was reading on Twitter that Tyler Christopher has a drinking problem and was carted out of the studio one day a few months ago.

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That's unfortunate. I'm not surprised though, for whatever reason...

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24 minutes ago, DisneyBoy said:

That's unfortunate. I'm not surprised though, for whatever reason...

It IS unfortunate. Since your are not surprised, just curious as to what you know or what you may have heard...

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I haven't heard anything, it's honestly just because of the way his face looks. I know that sounds ridiculous, but once someone mentioned the drinking issue it kind of just made sense to me.

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It's not silly; I had wondered the same thing based on how bloated his face looks sometimes.  If true, it is unfortunate.

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The bloating, the redness, the look in his eyes. A little bit like Ben Affleck, you know what I mean?

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33 minutes ago, WendyCR72 said:

Frank Parker, a.k.a. Shawn Brady, Sr., has died. He was 79. May he RIP!

I loved Shawn Brady, Sr. He was such a complex character, he was not perfect, but, he was a good man, good father and husband.  The Bo/Shawn relationship was wonderfully written and acted.. Shawn sacrificing his life for Bo was a full circle moment in that relationship.

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2 hours ago, tribeca said:

Has she really framed multiple people?

No. That Wikipedia page is satire.

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28 minutes ago, Apprentice79 said:

No. That Wikipedia page is satire.

Yes just wondering if she framed multiple people I only knew of one. 

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So sad to hear about Peggy McCay.  :-(  I'll be making a donation to her favorite kitty charity.

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How ironic that Peggy McCay passed away so close to Frank Parker. May she RIP. Now I wonder if the show will kill Caroline off screen now, too...

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I'm so sad to hear about Peggy, she was terrific.  What a loss.

I hope Show gives her a spectacular send off after all these years.

What a great actor and a wonderful presence in Salem for all these years.

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:(    :(    :(

 

I hope her co-workers and friends were able to see her these last few months. This will be hard on them. She's part of the fabric of DAYS.

Glad to hear she didn't suffer.

 

 

...maybe not the time but dang, did the show mess up what ended up being her last storylines...

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6 hours ago, WendyCR72 said:

How ironic that Peggy McCay passed away so close to Frank Parker. May she RIP. Now I wonder if the show will kill Caroline off screen now, too...

I hope that Caroline gets a wonderful funeral and sendoff.  Kim, Shane, Steve, Carrie, Theresa, Stefanie, Chelsea, Frankie, Max, Andrew need to come back for her funeral and even GhostBo can play a role by telling either Kayla or Hope that Caroline is at peace in the afterlife.  It will be interesting to see Victor's reaction to Caroline's death.  

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2 hours ago, DisneyBoy said:

:(    :(    :(

 

I hope her co-workers and friends were able to see her these last few months. This will be hard on them. She's part of the fabric of DAYS.

Glad to hear she didn't suffer.

 

 

...maybe not the time but dang, did the show mess up what ended up being her last storylines...

 

They should have kept the Alzheimers, instead of changing it to that ridiculous fictional disease. Also, once they knew Peggy wouldn't have been back, they should have let Caroline die of Alzheimers.

 

1 hour ago, Apprentice79 said:

I hope that Caroline gets a wonderful funeral and sendoff.  Kim, Shane, Steve, Carrie, Theresa, Stefanie, Chelsea, Frankie, Max, Andrew need to come back for her funeral and even GhostBo can play a role by telling either Kayla or Hope that Caroline is at peace in the afterlife.  It will be interesting to see Victor's reaction to Caroline's death.  

 

This is yet another problem with the 6 month lead time. We should have funeral episode within 6 weeks or so. Instead, it will be half a year from now. 

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3 hours ago, General Days said:

 

They should have kept the Alzheimers, instead of changing it to that ridiculous fictional disease. Also, once they knew Peggy wouldn't have been back, they should have let Caroline die of Alzheimers.

 

 

This is yet another problem with the 6 month lead time. We should have funeral episode within 6 weeks or so. Instead, it will be half a year from now. 

I'm actually ok with it as long as it means they can give her the send off she deserves.  All of those actors who are no longer on the show should be getting phone calls over the next week to work out scheduling while Ron and the writers prepare to write her death storyline.  Since Peggy has been off the show for awhile I'm ok with waiting 5 months for a death storyline, it just better be good.

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Sad news.  :(  

About the 6 months in advance taping schedule, I read on the other site that Frances Reid died in Jan 2010 and Alice didn't die until June 2010.  So it may be even longer than 6 months for Caroline, if they have to plan out a storyline and get the actors in for the taping.

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I may be wrong but I heard (here perhaps?) that Peggy wasn't comfortable with the Alzheimer angle and so Caroline was cured and given Celeste's psychic powers instead *eyeroll*

But yes, they should have just back-burnered it. They knew she'd be off-camera in a matter of months....there should have been a plan.

I was surprised they wrote Kimberly as being ill instead of Caroline when trying to justify Theresa's departure.

Hopefully AS and JL return if they do a funeral, as I liked Caroline's support of her trouble-making girls.

And I hope they recap the character's life with flashbacks, because I don't really know much about her story.

I feel for JA, as he's getting up there and has few costars in his age range. His scenes will be emotional.

What happened the last time Peggy was in a scene? I can't recall...

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1 hour ago, DisneyBoy said:

I may be wrong but I heard (here perhaps?) that Peggy wasn't comfortable with the Alzheimer angle and so Caroline was cured and given Celeste's psychic powers instead *eyeroll*

But yes, they should have just back-burnered it. They knew she'd be off-camera in a matter of months....there should have been a plan.

I was surprised they wrote Kimberly as being ill instead of Caroline when trying to justify Theresa's departure.

Hopefully AS and JL return if they do a funeral, as I liked Caroline's support of her trouble-making girls.

And I hope they recap the character's life with flashbacks, because I don't really know much about her story.

I feel for JA, as he's getting up there and has few costars in his age range. His scenes will be emotional.

What happened the last time Peggy was in a scene? I can't recall...

I do hope they can get Tanya Boyd back as Celeste.  I always liked how stubborn Caroline was about referring to her by her new name.  There was always a part of Celeste that was comforted when Caroline would call her Frankie, like she did when they were young.

The chemistry between Tanya and Peggy was always fun to watch.  Fingers crossed.

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6 hours ago, DisneyBoy said:

And I hope they recap the character's life with flashbacks, because I don't really know much about her story.

I loved Shawn and Caroline, and the entire Brady family dynamics. But Caroline's story really became front-burner, when they connected her to Victor and made him Bo's father. 

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1 hour ago, buffynut said:

I loved Shawn and Caroline, and the entire Brady family dynamics. But Caroline's story really became front-burner, when they connected her to Victor and made him Bo's father. 

Caroline screaming out Bo, don't kill him, he is your father was epic.  

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On 10/11/2018 at 11:03 AM, Apprentice79 said:

Caroline screaming out Bo, don't kill him, he is your father was epic.  

I wish I could remember that scene, but it was a long time ago, and my memory isn't all that great.   I also can't remember if the viewers already knew that, or if it was a shock to us, as well. 

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This is a nice interview. He has a point about villains vs all the bad things regular salemites do.

 

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5 hours ago, buffynut said:

I wish I could remember that scene, but it was a long time ago, and my memory isn't all that great.   I also can't remember if the viewers already knew that, or if it was a shock to us, as well. 

It was at a party and Bo had a gun on Victor threatening to kill him, he was messing with Kim.  Caroline knows her son and thought that he was about to kill Victor and she shouted out that line that I paraphrased in my post above.,

Kim thought that she was Victor's daughter after having had slept with him in Miami. It really messed with Kim, given her incestuous sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle Eric. Kim had found her mother's letter where she said that Victor was the father of one her kids. Kim also thought that Roman was Victor's child, since he was the first born. Bo being his son really made it clear that Caroline had really loved Victor once upon a time. Bo is the baby of the Brady siblings.  There is a 10 year difference between Roman and Bo.  Bo had no idea that Victor was his biological dad. He was shocked and it validated his fears that his dad did not really love him and he must have sense that he was not his and that is why his dad treated him differently.  Papa Shawn was appalled and left Caroline for her deceit. 

Bo being Victor's was a really good story and it affected the Brady family in a good way.  The Brady family was always my favorite family on the show because they were flawed people trying to love each other the best way they know how. Sometimes, good Parents make mistakes with their children, it does not mean that they don't love them. That was the case between Shawn and Bo.  One of my favorite scenes between Bo and Shawn was when Shawn was in the hospital recuperating from a heart attack after having a fierce argument with Bo.  Thinking that he was persona non grata, Bo snuck into Shawn's room and he pore his heart out telling his sleeping dad how sorry he was and that he wished that he was not such a disappointment to him as a son and that he loved him. As Bo was leaving the room, Shawn told him that he loved him too, Shawn was not sleeping and heard every word. Shawn and Bo embraced and cried..I am tearing up as I am writing this. It was such a good scene.  Soaps no longer explore relationships anymore and it is a shame. 

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On 10/12/2018 at 8:08 AM, buffynut said:

....can't remember if the viewers already knew that, or if it was a shock to us, as well. 

I am pretty sure that the secret had been spoiled by SOD in the week or two before the episode aired.  Caroline had convinced Kimberly that she was not Victor's daughter, but refused to discuss the matter any further.  However, Caroline pretty much admitted that Victor had fathered one of her kids.  Kim was under the mistaken impression that her older brother Roman was Victor's son, since Victor and Caroline's relationship had pre-dated the Brady Marriage.  I recall that folks who had not seen/heard about the reveal in SOD were stunned.

It's probably one of the most key storyline developments in DOOL history.  It triggered outstanding stories for the better part of two decades.

The :who's the daddy: stories for MIke Horton and Will Horton get all the publicity/praise, but Bo Brady being a Kiriakis had ramifications for years.

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