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By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Oct 15, 2008
How much would it rule if GH: NIGHT SHIFT just made a spin-off of Robert's fantasy "going-away" party? I was delighted to see familiar faces John Reilly and Sharon Wyatt reprising their GH roles as Sean and Tiffany, a couple my Barbie dolls and I were often rooting for in the '80s, and didn't find at all jarring that their reunion with Robert, Luke, Mac, Anna and Robin happened on GH's nighttime spin-off. Sean and Tiffany would hardly recognize the Port Charles of daytime, you know?
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Oct 8, 2008
I wasn't shy about expressing my displeasure with the premiere of 90210 and I haven't made a concerted effort to keep up with the new series, but somehow it keeps playing on my TV! For instance, last night, my cable seemed to be out (and no, this TV journalist doesn't have digital cable) and the only channel that came in was The CW.
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Oct 1, 2008
While I'm usually not a fan of short-term stunt casting, I have to give kudos to GH: NIGHT SHIFT for bringing soap vet Kathleen Noone (ex-Edna, PASSIONS et al) and prime-time vet Chad Allen on board to share story with NS's gay intern Kyle. In just one ep, Noone added a lovable quirkiness to Kyle and Leo's overbearing mom, Patricia, while sparks gently flew between Kyle and Allen's ailing Eric.
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Sep 24, 2008
Last night I had the pleasure of doing something completely out of the norm for a soap journalist. My co-worker Danielle McClure and I headed to the Nokia Theater for a special engagement featuring Clique Girlz, an adorable trio of preteen singers.
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Sep 17, 2008
After two back-to-back news interviews on a very exciting story involving Rex, I dashed to the OLTL studio yesterday afternoon to do double duty as a contributor to Pixie, the teen- and tween-focused collaborative effort from Digest and Weekly. My assignment was sooo difficult: Shadow 17-year-old Kristen Alderson (Starr) for "a day in the life"-type piece.
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Sep 11, 2008
A sick day is never really a sick day when you write about soaps for a living, because you inevitably end up on the couch watching soaps! Yesterday I was hit with a whopper of a bug and unfortunately slept through my favorite ABC soaps, but I did catch GUIDING LIGHT and YOUNG AND RESTLESS and took note of a few things: One, GL really does look (and sound) bad, and Two, you really do need an MBA to understand Y&R. This is certainly not news to anyone, but both became very clear to me as I switched the channel from reruns of THE FRESH PRINCE to GL and my boyfriend asked if I was watching BCAT (Brooklyn Community Access Television).
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Sep 3, 2008
I love my daytime dramas and always will, but I'm pretty jazzed about the return of my nighttime soaps, starting with the August premieres of THE HILLS, which is clearly more of a soap than a "reality" series, and GH: NIGHT SHIFT, which despite its slow moments, is a very well-written, well-researched hospital drama. GOSSIP GIRL, of course, had a glorious season premiere on Monday, and I can't wait for GREY'S ANATOMY and UGLY BETTY to come back, but what the heck was that slop on The CW last night?
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Aug 27, 2008
Have you noticed how after weeks of enduring what I've now dubbed "The Mendorran Tragedy" on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, that painful storyline seems to be winding down and in a not-so-bad way?
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Aug 20, 2008
For the second year in a row, I attended the annual ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan club luncheon, and I have to give props to the 24 actors who braved Times Square on a Saturday afternoon to meet their fans. Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio) and BethAnn Bonner (Talia) served as a dynamic emcee team, running around the room during the Q&A and occasionally injecting their own commentary on the session.
By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Aug 13, 2008
As I spent the last few weeks packing and going through various mementos in preparation for a move, I came across so many wonderful daytime relics. For instance, I found a nearly mint condition printing of a cookbook featuring ABC Daytime stars from the early '80s.