Blogging with Mara
By Mara Levinsky Posted: Jul 15, 2008
I'm a little concerned about the influx of new characters on AMC. Beth Ehlers has yet to make her debut as Taylor, but when she does, she'll surely be the beneficiary of mucho airtime.
By Mara Levinsky Posted: Jun 19, 2008
Because I watch soaps for a living, I don't look forward to my daily dose of daytime in the same way I did pre-employment at Digest. It's part of my workday, a part I feel blessed to have, but it's not the escape that it once was. I am not complaining, mind you — I am simply making the point that when I do find myself really, really looking forward to a certain show, I notice it.
By Mara Levinsky Posted: Jun 12, 2008
As I wrote last week, I have had, on behalf of the Tad/Dixie fans so let down by the show's resurrection and subsequent re-killing of the character last year, mixed feelings about what they've done with Cady McClain's alter ego this time around, at least when it comes to her actual interactions (or lack thereof) with Michael E. Knight's Tad (not to mention the character's son, Jacob Young's JR).
By Mara Levinsky Posted: Jun 3, 2008
I must admit, I had mixed feelings about the Tad/Dixie reunion in heaven. To me it seemed like a lackluster attempt to appease the couple's fans, who'd been deprived of seeing their romance resume in Pine Valley — and I say it was lackluster because nothing so brief could really undo the damage caused by Dixie's 2007 demise.
By Mara Levinsky Posted: May 23, 2008
Research for an upcoming Digest assignment led me this week to YouTube and a score of clips from SANTA BARBARA (I know, I know, my job is enviable). One of the clips I watched was actually from the very first episode of SB I ever watched, the first wedding of Mason and Julia, played by the incomparable Lane Davies and Nancy Lee Grahn. Does anyone else remember this ceremony, in which Mason accidentally pocketed a grocery list instead of his vows and had to improvise after blurting out the first few items on the list at the altar? That was enough to get me completely hooked on the show back in 1989 (my taste was none too shabby for a 12-year-old, eh?)
By Mara Levinsky Posted: May 19, 2008
I read my colleague Lauren Flynn's blog from last week with great interest. Our office went nuts when Snoop did his brilliant cameo on ONE LIFE TO LIVE (I still can't get his cover of the show's theme song out of my head!) and I'm glad to see that although it took some coaxing, her boyfriend (who I love) finally capitulated and treated himself to the fun episodes in which Snoop appeared. (And he even became intrigued by the other stories. Good job, ONE LIFE!) I've been talking up those eps so much that two of the men in my life are coming over to watch them tonight on my DVR!
By Mara Levinsky Posted: May 6, 2008
Count me among the legions of admirers of Beverlee McKinsey who were terribly saddened by the news of her recent passing. To this day, I remain in awe of the performances she gave as Alexandra Spaulding on GUIDING LIGHT (which is not even the role for which she will be best be remembered; that honor goes to her legendary work as Iris on ANOTHER WORLD).
By Mara Levinsky Posted: Apr 29, 2008
Hello all! I just got off the phone with the wonderful Laurence Lau. Larry, best known to soap fans for his work as AMC's Greg Nelson, is, as you may have heard, coming back to the show on May 20 for a multi-episode stint that kicks off with Greg's return to Pine Valley on the eve of Angie and Jesse's wedding.
By Mara Levinsky Posted: Apr 23, 2008
Hello AMC fans! It's not often that you hear soap execs admit that they were wrong, which is why I really appreciated my candid conversation last week with ABC Daytime President Brian Frons. Instead of defending the killing off of Dixie, he openly admitted that it was the wrong decision and that the poisoned pancake method of death was an especially big botch job. Don't miss next week's issue for his juicy remarks.
By Mara Levinsky Posted: Mar 20, 2008
So, I don't know about you, but I am really excited about the news that Ricky Paull Goldin is coming to Pine Valley as Dr. Jake Martin. This may have a little something to do with the fact that long before I was a Digest editor, I was a diehard ANOTHER WORLD fan who fell hook, line, and sinker for the love story between his Dean and Alla Korot's Jenna.