Another World fans swamped
Digest Online e-mail-boxes with questions for
Executive Producer Chris Goutman.
So, we gathered up a slew of queries, trekked downtown
and grilled the EP for answers to
your most pressing issues.
What did Goutman have to say? Read on!
First of all Chris, welcome. So far I like what I
see since you took over the reins of Another World.
OK for my question:
1) Any chance of having Jordan Stark stay totally
morphed as David Halliday? I think that the
character of Halliday is one who, so far, is
rather humorous and not as dark and gloomy as
Stark has been made out to be.
2) Also this is more of a comment rather than a
question. PLEASE put some more humor into the
storylines. AW has had wonderful humorous stories
in the past and that seems to be sadly lacking now.
Lisa "Diva" Klobucar
1. The chances are very,
very good that will happen. We're very
happy with David MacDonald [who plays Jordan/David].
I think he's a great find. As the story progressed,
we became very attached to the character of David,
so I think you'll find David staying around for awhile.
2. I don't know if we'll be getting a lot of humor from
David, but I think we're finding more humor in the
Sergei/Felicia story. And I think you get humor
from Cindy. Now that [Cindy's] obsession with Grant
is over, I think you'll find her becoming a very nice
larger-than-life character on the canvas. We're very
much aware of the history of the show and the important
place that humor has played in the stories. It's a part
of that history that I'm very fond of as well.
Welcome Mr. Goutman!
I wanted to first say CONGRATULATIONS and to let
you know I have definitely seen improvement with
my favorite soap since you came aboard!
1) What I wanted to know is, will you start to focus
a bit more on the veterans of the show? I see the
new storyline for Felicia involving Sergei (which
I LOVE!!) but we are only getting it about once a
week if we are lucky. Linda Dano is a major asset
to the show, in my opinion, and I know many fans
would like to see her more often than we do right
2) I think more interaction is needed as well
with all the characters of Bay City....how do you
feel about that? Will we see more characters
becoming more involved with people they haven't
normally been involved with in the past?
Thank you, and keep up the good work!
1. Well, I think the veterans are, as I've said
over and over again, the greatest asset to the
show. As to Felicia and Sergei only playing once
a week, that's something we are acutely aware of
and I think you'll see them playing more often.
We just have to take care of a few other things
before we do bring them forward, but I also think
it was not an unwise decision to bring a new character
out a little more slowly. I think that always helps.
I think the story's working, I think the character of
Sergei's intriguing. He'll be with us for a while.
The veterans are continually a matter of great
interest to us and we are continuing to try to
create stories for everyone.
2. Absolutely. Again I've said this on a number
of occasions, when I came to this show I thought that
a lot of the characters were insulated with who they
dealt with and that they dealt with the same characters
in the same way in patterns that repeated themselves.
So my idea is hopefully in the months to come of
expanding the show so that the characters are going
to interact with a larger number of characters in
larger stories but still telling the same sort of
intimate, emotional stories that Another World can do.
Welcome back to Another World. You've gotten some
really good things going since your reign as EP began.
Are you and your team of writers giving serious thought
to how to use the African-American characters on the
canvas. Chris and Toni need their own serious storyline,
as does Etta Mae. And please don't shy away from a
Tyrone/Marley pairing. They have great chemistry
together. Also, where do you envision the character
of Cindy heading, without Grant or Gary on the canvas?
The African-American story has
been neglected by Another World. It is top
priority with me. We are bringing on a new character:
The character of K.C., Etta Mae's daughter. She has
been cast and she's being played by Persia White. She
will start taping the first week in May. In the
meantime, we're bringing on a DA who will take part
in a trial that is coming up on the show. Hopefully,
he'll work out well and stay around for a while. And
in the meantime we intend to flesh out the
African-American cast. Again, it's a very
real priority for me, as well as the writers.
I think Cindy will be heading into a lot of mischief.
Not to give too much away, but earlier I was asked about
David staying on the canvas, I think you might see a
little David/Cindy interaction very very soon.
By bringing back Frankie, is your intention to
reunite her with Cass? If so, why would you put
a stop to the great story and chemistry that Cass
and Lila share? Cass and Lila are proving to be a
terrific couple. Are there going to be new things
in store for Frankie, like a new romance perhaps?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
First of all, the character of
Frankie's name is Anne. I think the important
thing is you'll find out more and more about Anne,
Anne's story. I think right now she is a complication
in Cass and Lila's relationship. I see great story in
Cass and Lila. I think they a terrific couple, but
they're a couple that does very well battling, as it
were. So it complicates their relationship.. We'll
find out more and more about Anne, which will be
intriguing. And the reasons for Anne becoming a
part of Cass and his daughter Charley's life will
become a more and more compelling matter.
Why are you casting 2 new, young characters
(Gary and Cameron's brother; Yale-bound college
girl) when the main gripe of fans is that there
are not enough mature characters with a history
on the show? Why introduce new characters in
which viewers won't want to invest time? What
is your strategy and why do you think it will work?
I look at Another World as a multi-generational
story. The veterans have a lot of play. I think
what is lacking on the show are a youthful element.
All the young people that we're bringing on the show
have a relationship, a very strong and powerful
relationship with veterans that are already on.
I just think that the younger tier of characters
is another portion of the cast that's been
neglected lately. I think that if you look
at the entire spread of ages, we don't have a
lot of kids on the show. We have Ally... and
Ally is a Cory, Amanda's daughter. So all the
characters that we're going to be bringing in
will have a very integral relationship to all
of our veterans so we're not just dumping kids
on willy-nilly who have no relationship to anybody.
It's very important to me that these kids come on
with a history with the families that are already
Mr. Goutman, could you shed some light on a
rumor that's circulating that Jensen Buchanan
will be leaving Another World as part of the
exit story for Grant/Mark Pinter?
San Diego, CA
Jensen is with the show, she's a very
important part of the show and she will
be with us for a long, long time.
Mr. Goutman, What can I do (if anything) as a
true fan & faithful follower of Another World,
to keep the show from being cancelled? I only started
watching about 3 years ago. I can tell you this, it's
a better show than Sunset Beach ever thought about
being. I fell in love with the "Jake-Vicki-Shane story line.
Been hooked ever since.
Please say they're cancelling Sunset Beach &
It's very easy. Look up a hundred of your friends.
Call them all up. Tell them to start watching. If
you have a hundred young friends, that would be
better :) Tell each of those one hundred friends
to find a hundred of their friends, get on the phone
and call those friends. And if we can get that
little ripple going and get it into a larger pool
and get a larger number of viewers watching our show,
we'll be on the air.
As you know, Another World will celebrate
its 35th Anniversary in May. Do you have anything
special planned for the show to commemorate this
milestone? As a fifteen year fan of the AW, it
would be great to relive some memorable moments
from AW's past!
Keep up the good work, and I'm confident that
those Nielsens will start moving on up!
You're not going to see anything on the air as
of now. And it won't be May 4th when the
actually anniversary will take place. We have
some very terrific stories going on and
I don't want to interrupt at this time the momentum
I'd like our show to have going into May. This is
not to say that we won't have something that will happen
in June. This is our 35th year. The day is May 4.
We will have ample opportunity to celebrate on the
air, but not during the month of May.
Hello Mr. Goutman.
I have two questions.
Sometimes I email or write to the show and
I was wondering if there was any point to
my doing so. Do you consider what fans who
write in want when you make your storyline
decisions and does snail mail carry more weight
Second, are we ever going to get a
love scene or at least a montage for Jake and Vicky.
I would think after the miserable holidays we endured
with them, their fans deserve at least a little treat.
Grant groping Vicky is not my idea of romance.
1. Oh yeah. We love to hear from everyone.
We read everything. Kudos and criticisms are
all read and considered. And we work hard at
trying to make the show better, so if you have
a good idea, send it in. I do know that emails
come across my desk and letters come across my desk.
So if you have something to say, say it.
2. I totally understand this and that's a terrific
criticism; I agree with that. I think we need
more [montages/love scenes] on the air. We'll be
doing more and more of that. Jake and Vicky are
our supercouple, if you want to call it that in
soap lexicon. We are just developing, and will
shortly launch, a new Jake/Vicky story. It's been
written and will be launched and be a very important
part of our summer story.
Hi, First I wanted to let you know how great I think
AW is doing, and that i hope it only gets better.
Secondly, i was wondering why the Lumina story hasnt been
dropped back down to earth yet when that seems to be what
most people want? It is not characteristic of our lovable
AW, although it is based on 'romance', so doesn't
it matter what the fan base thinks? Some people do not
mind it and enjoy it somewhat. I myself tolerate it
simply because it is part of AW. However most people
do not care about it and would rather see it disappear
back to 1798!! How do you feel about that and what does it
take to convince you?? :)
It doesn't take anything. It's gonna disappear in May.
1. Will we ever see Cass and Felicia together romantically?
2. Do you think AW needs another backbone
couple that stays together forever (Mac and
3. Why isn't AW more heavily promoted by NBC?
4. How do the writer's keep up with the histories
of the characters?
3. We're very happy with our
relationship with NBC and I
can only say that we hope it
continues for years to come.
4. We have computers. We have a database and
whenever I have a question about the history
of the show, we have great writers assistants
who aid me in giving me pictorials. We pull tapes.
I'm continually digging through the history of the show
to what sort of characters existed, where the
relationships of the characters have been.
The history leads into the present which kicks
into the future. So I think a lot of what
we're doing, hopefully, will have resonance
with people who know the history of the show
and realize that it's the basis upon which we
will move into the future with the show.
How long is Iris going to stay in jail? I mean
the woman has been there since 1994, come on for
a soap thats like a lifetime sentence.
I don't want to open a can of worms here,
but I love the character of Iris and I was
around when Beverlee McKinsey was doing it
and yeah, I think the character of Iris is
something very interesting to me.
Dear Mr. Goutman:
I along with thousands of other loyal Another
World fans were heartbroken in early 1997
when the long standing practice of Freeze Framing
the last scene of every show was discontinued. Can
you explain why this happened and if there is any
chance of reinstating this much loved and sorely
missed trademark of Another World?
New York, NY
I don't know. I really don't know the answer
to that. I think there are a number of decisions
that NBC makes in terms of making their shows
consistent. Actually, someone else asked me and
I said, 'Yeah we did used to freeze frame everything,'
so it's something I'll ask about in the near future,
but I don't think it's a priority right now.
Dear Mr. Goutman,
1. Now that Grant Harrison is going to be
murdered and with Carl Hutchins out of
the picture the sole villian left in Bay
City is the mysterious Jordan Stark.
Although this storyline shows promise,
one villian on the scene is not enough.
Will you be introducing another mysterious
villian or will an old favorite like Carl
Hutchins be brought back?
2. Obviously as an Another World viewer,
I am concerned about the rumors that
the show is up for cancellation. I
have submitted a variety of letters
to different personnel to try to
persuade NBC to save the show. What
will be the determining factors to save
or cancel the show? Are ratings the sole
determinant? Are you satisfied with the
current ratings and what is your ultimate
long and short-term goal?
3. Although many of the current storylines are very
exciting, I find some of the recent interplay
between characters to feel a little artifical.
For example, Grant actually believing that Vicky
could love him after all they had been through.
The total about-face is a bit much to swallow.
Also, Paulina's refusal to allow Joe to retest
Tito even if this irreparably damages their
marriage and handing over her trust-fund money
after many years of decrying the use of the
Cory funds. Obviously you need to create new
dilemnas for the characters but how do you avoid
the problem of writing plots for an individual
which are out of character?
4. I admire the witty dialogue that
the writers have constructed particularly
for Cass and his interplay with Felicia and
Lila. I love the addition of verbal humor and
repartee to the show. AW does it better than
any show. Will you encourage the writers to
incorporate more of this in future scripts?
We viewers love a good sparring match and when
sparks fly between characters. Lila is a great
character in this respect. Fireworks really fly
when Cass and Lila are in a room. This reminds
me of the old interplay between Jake and Paulina.
Felicia and Cass are also spectacular together.
However, I miss the old cat fights between Vicky
and Lila. These are two strong willed women who
can really have at it and these two actresses shine
in these scenes. After all the bad blood between
them, its a shame that this conflict is ignored.
AW could use some fresh conflict between
the female leads. Is there any plans to develop
this type of dynamic? Marley and Cindy have the
potential and chemistry to carry this off.
1. Well, if we're leaving David, I don't
know how good David's gonna be... And I
think you'll find someone else enter the
Jake/Vicky story this summer.
2. Yes, ratings are the sole determinant and
they look very closely at what they call
demographics. They've made no bones about
that. It's very straight forward. They've
said "We have the numbers." So, call your
3. Personally, I don't think either things are out
of character. Grant never bought
into Vicky -- He basically wanted
to take his son. That was it. It was a ruse on his
part. As to Paulina, I think it's very believable
the guilt that she feels about never having been
there for this child that she gave up under very,
very emotional circumstances when she was a teenager.
I think that's very believable. I think that you would
want to give this child everything that you were unable
to give this child during his entire life, so it has
more to do with her sort of wanting to redeem herself
in her eyes than because of what Joe says. It's her
story and I think it is believable, I think
especially Judi Luciano [Paulina] has made
it extremely believable.
4. I agree. I think that our dialogue writers
are extremely clever. We were talking about it
the other day. Everyday you have at least a
few scenes where the dialogue is just crackling.
You have the [Classic Lines] page in
Soap Opera Digest where people
say things and I'm like "Why not this? Why not this?"
I think we're very good at, I must say.
And I'm very very pleased with the writers.
They're a very talented bunch.
I think that Cindy will sort of pollenate
through all of the female cast members. I
don't know if I want to go back to Lila and
Vicky. I know for a lot of fans it's nice
to just have that, but I think we need to move
forward. It's a reference point, so let's
go forward and create new things.
Hello Mr. Goutman,
I have been watching AW for 17 years now
and I've stuck with it through all of the ups
and downs. I applaud the positive changes that
have been made recently. My question is: will
you return to family stories and relationships?
In the past few years it seems as if families have
been sorely lacking and the characters are floating
around without any anchors. I'm not as concerned
with finding the same actors, although I enjoy
seeing the familiar faces return. I would just
like to see the families rebuilt again. Cass
used to have siblings, Felicia used to have
daughters, Jake used to have cousins and an
aunt and uncle, Rachel used to have more
children, grandchildren and a sister, and
Donna used to have siblings and a brother-in-law.
I've not even mentioned the ex-spouses and ex-lovers
(paging Cecile) that used to liven things up. Will
you be rebuilding the families and the intertwining
relationships they used to have?
I think AW still has.
Every story has [been] based
on incredibly strong family ties.
Even the Lumina story -- Rachel trying
to protect her family. I can't think of a
stronger family tie. The Paulina story: It's
about her child. . . It's Joe and
Paulina's relationship . . What a
couple! What a marriage.. It's a
rich, rich area. All of [our] thinking is
about family. So yes. Going back to an
earlier question of bringing in the youth --
My thinking is that's the way of expanding family
ties and enriching family ties...
That's always a priority. That's
the start of our thinking when we create anything.
I think AW has suffered in the past
due to a lack of direction and overarching
purpose. Writers often forget history -- even
now, what is happening to Rachel's daughter
is the same triangle that she was in with Alice
and Steven. Does that ever strike her as ironic?
So my question is: Where do you want AW
to go? What do you want to be AW's strengths?
That's a very sort of large question. I've
said this a number of times: I think that AW's
strengths are in telling stories about families,
about multi-generations.. But also, to me, AW,
in terms of my history with the show when I was
involved with it, they were doing a lot of companies.
There was not only Cory Publishing and Brava, but there
was Frame Construction and things like that. I think
you'll see more of that. An integration of the family
in the workplace with the family at home and how
each one mirrors and impacts upon one another.
I think that the way society's changed
in the past 20 years is why we're losing viewers --
a lot of people are working. And I think that AW
can refelct that in a way that I think will be very
different and at the same time very true to AW's
Mr. Goutman, first let me congratulate you on
the stupendous job you have done with Another
World since taking the reins. I began watching
Another World because one couple
caught my eye -- Amanda Cory and
Cameron Sinclair--and they remain
my favorite couple, because of the
stellar performances of Sandra Ferguson
and Michael Rodrick. My questions are
therefore about my favorite characters/actors.
1) What are your long-term plans for Amanda and Cameron? Will they find their way back to each other as I hope? Call me a hopeless romantic, but I see them as soul mates and would hate to see them permanently separated.
2) Will Cameron realize the threat that Stark poses to Amanda and ride to her rescue?
3) Will we ever find out who really killed Cameron and Gary's father and who Cameron was covering for?
1 & 2. Well, what do you think? :) Yes, the
answer to that is yes. David will remain
on the canvas and he will continue to be a
conflict for Cameron and Amanda. I love
Cameron and Amanda. I think if they're
gonna be star-crossed, let's put some
obstacles in their way.
3. I'm not sure we ever will. I can't answer that.
I know, but I'm not telling ;-)
Among other things, I'd like to ask you about
the opening of the show: Are there any plans
to update it in the near future? Late future?
Ever? I'd love to see people like Lisa Peluso and
Kim Rhodes on there. They've certainly been made
integral parts of the show. That's all I would
need to get excited about all of AW.
The answer to that is yes. I like
our opening. I like the style of our
opening, but yes I'd like to update it.
When we're picked up, it will be updated.
As you know the opening has decreased in
length. Our opening may be just an "op."
Is "Frankie" the real Frankie or is she
just someone Jordan Stark created, and what
is she going to do to Cass and Lila's
relationship? (don't do too much damage!!!)
Let me answer this and hopefully we'll
dramatize it because I think it's something
we need to answer. Stark did not create her.
This is a character who is her own person.
Anne is her own person. Stark found out about
her and that's about it. She came of her own
free will and she has a history which hopefully
the audience will find intriguing with what
happened to Frankie.
I love the show and I love Jake and Vicky
and I just have one little question. Why
isn't Jake wearing his wedding ring anymore
and where's the Jake and Vicky's place sign
that should be on the cottage door? Thank
you for keeping this great couple together,
they make my day whenever they are on. Tom
and Jensen are dynamite together, you can
feel the sparks flying between them.
That's a good question. We're trying
to get that [ring] on him as often as we can. It
should be. He's a forgetful actor. I think
[Jake and Vicky] are terrific. I think Jensen
is just a treasure. I don't know where that
sign is. I'll ask! Props! Design!
Hello Mr. Goutman.
1. I just wanted to tell you that myself, along with a
large group of people have started a campaign to help
save Another World from
being canceled. We all think that
you are doing a great job and have
done so much to make AW better. We
do not believe that AW deserves to be
canceled and we are doing everything we can
to make sure that doesn't happen. A small
group of us will be at the luncheon in April
and would love to meet you. Will you be attending?
2. Also I would just like to say that on AW
I would love nothing more than to see Jake and
Vicky have a baby. Will that be something I can
look forward to? In the summer maybe?
Spokesman, Save AW Campaign
1. I will be there and I agree wholeheartedly. I
think this show is in terrific shape. The thought
of cancellation is sort of unreal to me because the
show is in such great shape and it's capable of
doing so much bettter very very soon. So I agree
with you all.
2. Maybe if they'll try a lot and get more shower
scenes. I can't promise there's going to be any
results in nine months though.
Will we ever see some leading men on AW that
are over 40, to complement Felicia, Rachel and Donna?
I think all of them are long overdue for romance. How
about Mitch Blake or John Hudson returning to Bay City?
Again, not to open a can of worms, but I love Bill
Espy [ex-Mitch] and David Forsyth [ex-John]
and when the opportunity arises I'd love to
have them both back.
Which show, other than Another World,
would you like to produce?
All My Children
The answer to that is
Another World, Another World,
Another World, Another World.
Chris, being exec. producer for Another World,
you have been familiarized with how different aspects
of life influence the show itself and its success.
I'm wondering, from your point of view, how soap operas
have influenced the people's lives. I don't
necessarily mean in an obsessive way or in a
negative way. Do you see how soap operas or
the stereotypes of soap operas have unconsciously
influenced our way of thinking?
Thank you. Your response means a lot to me.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Oh, I think that people get so much from
soap operas. I mean it becomes a tool of
entertainment, of fantasy, of instruction...
In every way. Like when
you read a book and you get something from that,
but this is so more immediate. I think everyday problems
are covered in soap operas. I think romantic concerns
are covered in soap operas. I've known people
who when we've gone on location have made their
travel plans because they've seen a location.
[Soaps] infiltrate every facet of one's life.
As it's meant to be. We're in home five days
a week. So, hopefully we mirror life, we
give something to aspire to, something to
enjoy something to take vicarious pleasure
in, and hopefully we give any number of
things that only a soap opera coming into
a home five days a week can.
Do you really expect us to believe that a
sophisticated woman like Felicia is really
going to fall for someone like this Russian
Who says she's fallen for him?
A belated welcome to you, Mr. Goutman.
My question is simple. When are we going to
see the return of the hospital focused
stories and their staff members?? Several
of our beloved Bay City residents seemed
to have gotten stuck in a closet at the
hospital, i.e. Morgan Winthrop, John Hudson,
I don't think we're going to see
the hospital as a major venue for the
show. Again, getting back to what I said
about the workplace, I think you will find
various other workplaces becoming more
prominent on the show.
The only thing I can figure out about Mr.
Stark is that he must be the devil. Am I
There are no devils on P&G shows.
1. How could Rachel be broke? Wasn't Carl a wealthy man when he was killed in the hospital explosion? Wouldn't his riches go to his wife and children along with all his Cory stocks?
2. Any chance of hooking Tito and Allie together? Imagine Paulina finding them together in an intimate moment and freaking out. Too much fun!
1. Again, we perhaps have not been very
successful in making this clear.
Yes, [The Cory's] have many, many
assets. What happened was that they were in a
tight cash flow problem. I know,
I wish all the world could have a
tight cash flow problem and still
be living in that house and have
servants :) It's not something
that a lot of people can relate
to, but it does happen in which
one's liquid assets are diminished at
a certain time and they don't want to go
into what they own. That's basically the
situation. Yeah, it's
sort of lame. I'll be honest with you.
I'm curious as to why the storyline that began
as a romance between Nick and Remy degenerated
into a showcase for new character, Tito? While
the complications that Tito potentially provided
to the Nick and Remy story were welcome, the writers seemed to have sacrificed both the characters of Nick and Remy in order to elicit a following for Tito--who is not deserving. Nick is never on the show, and when he is it is only to be lied to or berated by Remy and Tito--as though Nick is the one doing something 'wrong.' In addition, Remy is no longer sympathetic in the least. Her treatment of Nick in order to protect Tito has made her more reprehensible than Tito himself, and because Remy and Tito are both liars, it doesn't really seem to matter any more which of them is really Paulina's child. I was sorry to see the only young-adult romance on the show sacrificed.
Thank you for your response.
Let me just say, I don't know quite
how to respond to that. I've gotten a
lot of response saying that they hate
Tito and all that stuff. He's very
manipulative and he's doing it to our
dear beloved Paulina! I like all three
actors. I love Taylor Stanley. I think
she's terrific and we have great things
in store for her.
I am a 21 male student and I guess I am not part of that 18-35 women demographic. I must say that Another World has always been a family thing, but right now I am the only one that keeps watching.
My question pertains to Another World's
new direction. The old Another World has remained
and seems revitalized. Humour is back in a
big way (ie Sergei and Felicia), romance is
everywhere (ie Lila and Cass), without forgeting
turmoil (ie Josie's baby) and mystery (ie Stark).
I know ratings have been up and down. How much
attention do you pay to them? If Another World gets
dumped by NBC (they better not!) would you
consider moving the show elsewhere?
PS. I luv your mix of the young and the not-so-young.
Taylor Stanley and company are a bunch of very good
actors (not just a bunch of pretty faces!). And Judi
Evans Luciano, Stephen Schnetzer, and all are
fabulous as usual.
Keep up the good work.
I have no control over that.
I have every hope that NBC will
in all their capacity keep
this show on the air because it
deserves to be on the air.
Are there any future plans to divorce the McKinnons and put them with new lovers? Everyone I know who used to like them can't stand them now. They are so boring and have no chesmitry with each other. Vicky and Jake used to part of a great couple (with other people that is). Many of us want that again.
Thank you for making Another World
so much fun to watch again! Keep up the
great work! Love the new storylines and
that you are using the characters that we
have all enjoyed watching over the years.
I miss seeing Toni and Tyrone involved in
the storylines--do you have anything for
them coming up?
Yes. Toni will become more and more
involved and she'll be involved in the
murder mystery with Grant. She'll have
a much much bigger place. She and Chris
will have some conflict that will be created
by the new character of KC, who is her sister.
Hi Chris, welcome to my favorite soap. What makes AW
special for me is Jake and Vicky, one of those rare
couples who've managed to stay sexy and fun even
after marriage, which is usually akin to death on
a soap. I've noticed that there's been a real
decrease in the lovemaking and sexy playfullness
between them since you've taken over and I really
miss that. Are there any plans for some love
scenes for them? Tom Eplin is the sexiest man
alive and I think his love scenes with Jensen
are just incredibly hot.
Yes. Again, Vicky and Jake are our
most prominent couple on the show ...
for obvious reasons. They've been on the
show for a long time and we have two terrific
performers. As I said earlier, we have a
story that will launch in May. A very big
story for them that will really get
off the ground during the summer.
It will be a wonderful surprising
story that will utilize both Tom Eplin's talents --
I love seeing Jake in hot water -- and Jensen's --
who is also very adventurous. I think we haven't
grown tired of them because they're very
adventurous people and no matter what sort
of conflicts they get in, we know they'll
resolve them because there's a prevalent
foundation of love there. And I think
that that's very reassuring to the
audience. It's very reassuring to me.
That love, I think, is so strong
that it's able to withstand any number
of conflicts. I think that's what people
want in their own lives.
I was elated to read earlier interviews when
you stated that attention would be paid to the
multi-talented Victoria Wyndham. Can we expect
to see 'Rachel' center stage in a storyline of
her own soon? She exudes such talent - she is
a major reason that I've stayed tuned for so long!
I almost cried when I heard that Pete LeMay was
being considered as head writer at OLTL. As
I'm sure you're aware, LeMay made magic as
head writer during AW's golden years. Any
chance that you would consider him returning
to the writing team at AW?
Thanks for your support of AW. Best
wishes for the coming year - and all of our
collective fingers are crossed for better
ratings and the program's due acknowledgment
We are continually again talking about
how we can best serve the story and our
very talented actresses -- Anna Stuart,
Vicky Wyndham and Linda Dano. I've said
this over and over again, I love all three.
I love Vicky Wyndham. She and I continue to
talk about how best to maximize her character.
So yes, we have great plans. Nothing I can share
right now. Right now to me Vicky's doing a great
job. She's sort of the anchor for the Lumina
story so she's just doing great work.
I'm very happy with our writing team as it is.
Chris, almost everyone agrees that what's missing
from soaps today is romance, and you've done a
great job with Cass & Lila and Cameron & Amanda.
However, I think there is another element that is
missing from soaps today and that is friendship.
You've renewed the friendship of Cass & Felicia,
but there are so many others that have fallen by
the wayside - Felicia & Rachel, Vicky & Paulina,
Jake & Chris, Josie & Toni, to name just a few.
Do you have any plans to bring friendships back
to the forefront again?
I agree with that comment. Yes, we do [have plans].
I think that we can do a better job with friendships
and with romance. I think that in our sort of pursuit
of just propelling story in the past few months,
we haven't neglected it, but it is something we
are very much focused on at this point.. And again,
it's part of the rich fabric of relationships that
make Another World so special.
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