DC #440: Mimi Torchin Returns to Daytime Confidential


Daytime fans you are in for a treat. Mimi Torchin, Mother of Soap Opera Journalism, returns to Daytime Confidential!

On this very special edition of the DC podcast, the founding editor of Soap Opera Weekly, who recently clicked her laptop back on to cover Guiding Light’s endgame for TV Guide Canada’s "The Soapgeist," tells Luke and Jamey how she really feels about such hot soap opera topics as Guiding Light’s cancellation and All My Children’s upcoming move to Los Angeles. Does Torchin believe AMC’s move is a good thing for the industry, or will it hasten the death of soaps?

It’s no surprise to anyone who has been reading her GL coverage that Torchin spends a good bit of time on this episode discussing her current, fave soap couple Olivia and Natalia (She’s not a fan of squish names!) on GL. Why does this couple have Torchin both fascinated and utterly frustrated? Torchin is hoping Venice, the new web series co-created by the woman she calls "the best actress in daytime", Crystal Chappell, and costarring the likes of Jessica Leccia, Hillary B. Smith and Jordan Clarke, will show daytime soaps how it should be done! Torchin also fills Luke and Jamey in on what she’s been up to since the last time she visited DC, namely her breathtaking photography work featuring her two beloved islands—Manhattan and Martha’s Vineyard—all chronicled at Mimi Torchin Photography.

Torchin weighs in on what soaps like The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live are doing right and what they are doing wrong, and shares a Cruz and Eden memory that is sure to bring back memories of fans of Soap Opera Weekly’s groundbreaking early days and the iconic super soap Santa Barbara. All this and much more on this jam-packed edition of Daytime Confidential.

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15 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Katiebug9624
    Katiebug9624

    This was a wonderful podcast, I especially loved how Mimi said her blood ran cold when she heard “new production model” for AMC because thats exactly how many fans felt also. I hope ya’ll can get a podcast with Crystal discussing Venice she seems to love doing podcast and also chats.

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    eriklovessoaps

    Otalia got lost, because they were afraid of making them intimate and that little attribute is a HUGE part of Olivia. After what they already had done to Olivia over the past couple of years before, I said I had enough.

    And as a straight guy, I love to see two women.

    I know Crystal is incredibily talented. I just feel it in my blood what Venice is based upon. It’s a great triute to a loyal fanbase (that probably could not understand where I’m coming from and don’t care for who Olivia was isn’t a big deal when their cause is spoken). I’m not sure it is what Crystal is capabgle of doing, because she has a certain story already written for her that seems to be the basis of it. If Crystal and Jessica play lesbians, all I will think of is Olivia. That is no way I want to go into a new show.

    Speaking of loyalty to fans, they could of been more loyal to Otalia fans, just like they were loyal to Bradley Cole fans who wanted Richard and got him in reinventing Jeffery, which helped ruin just about everyone else and expedited GL’s cancellation.

    When you said deep, dark show, I thought you would say Dexter.

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    elbugten

    Great podcast, as always. I LOVED the early days of SO Weekly and I still subscribe, even though the magazine is a shell of it’s former self. I didn’t realize how small their staff was in the beginning and how hands-on she really was. Learning about her photography background and knowing she hand picked the covers makes sense now. I remember the “Who Shot Will?” cover, even though I wasn’t watching AMC then, but my absolute favorite cover they did was a Days one w/ Sami as the puppet master and holding Carrie, Austin, Marlena, John etc. on strings like marionettes. Classic! You remembered those covers. Not like now, where you can’t even tell if Digest or Weekly is a new issue b/c every single cover is the same (and “features” Y&R’s Victor or Phyllis/Nick/Sharon).

    I hope you’ll have Ms. Torchin on again, perhaps even on a regular basis. I love her no-holds barred views on our shows.

    Thanks again for the fantastic interview!

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    Smitty

    This was such a good listen! I truly enjoy Mimi Torchin’s talking about Soap Opera Weekly. I didn’t realize she was the first editor of that magazine. The covers used to be off the chain. I was probably 12 and I remember the the Brooke/Eric/Ridge cover about Bridget. LOL.

    I loved her take on the soaps. It’s nice to hear someone who was involved in the industry talk about it. I think what stuck out most was when she taked about how networks are trying to focus on the young demographic. She was right on the money. I am in that young demographic and I want to see the vets. I don’t like seeing a whole bunch of new characters.

    Great interview Luke and Jamey

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    rocki345

    The part in which she was talking about the lack of intimacy between Otalia really stood out for me today. Mimi relating it to real life female friendship/relationships help me to further understand more why she is pissed at GL and why I’m too. Females for the most part are more intimate and warm with other females whether they are friends or lovers and the fact they wouldn’t even show platonic intimacy in key parts of the story between Otalia makes me as a fan feel cheated out of something real. Oddly enough, right after I heard this podcast I saw today’s Guiding Light and I FINALLY got to see an example of the kind of intimacy Mimi was talking about(E.G Kiss) between two female friends, but it was with Doris and Olivia. ( Not that I’m complaining I like Doris, but I just would have been nice if it were Natalia instead ;))

    PS
    Only Crystal can make a platonic peck on the cheek to Doris look so damn hott

    HAHAHAHA

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    rocki345

    The part in which she was talking about the lack of intimacy between Otalia really stood out for me today. Mimi relating it to real life female friendship/relationships help me to further understand more why she is pissed at GL and why I’m too. Females for the most part are more intimate and warm with other females whether they are friends or lovers and the fact they wouldn’t even show platonic intimacy in key parts of the story between Otalia makes me as a fan feel cheated out of something real. Oddly enough, right after I heard this podcast I saw today’s Guiding Light and I FINALLY got to see an example of the kind of intimacy Mimi was talking about(E.G Kiss) between two female friends, but it was with Doris and Olivia. ( Not that I’m complaining I like Doris, but I just would have been nice if it were Natalia instead ;))

    PS
    Only Crystal can make a platonic peck on the cheek to Doris look so damn hott

    HAHAHAHA

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    BasicBlack81

    Awesome podcast….I will miss my Guiding Light, the very first daytime soap I ever truly fell in love with. I loved Olivia’s snarky remarks to Blake, I like seeing Liv get some of that fire back that she used to have. It’s a shame that they waited until GL was getting canceled to have the best year s/l-wise they’ve have in 3 or 4 years. Otalia DEFINITELY deserved some kind of physical intimacy before Nat left town. I love hearing Mimi talk about soaps, you can really see her passion for daytime come through whenever she talks about it.

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    naughtytomato

    Mimi is speaking the truth on the failure of GL to carry through with the natural progression of Otalia. Such a crushing disappointment. To torpedo the only interesting story GL has with buzz in the press and on the internet makes no sense at all.
    We’ll she how the story ends and Mimi’s take on it.

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    lbrandl

    Great interview-preach it Mimi! The lack of intimacy in the Otalia storyline is so infuriating. Anyway, hope you’ll have Mimi on again, her candor is very refreshing.

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