Jake Silbermann

As the World Turns' Not So Wonder Twins, Zac and Zoe

On a recent podcast I believe it was J Bernard who sarcastically dubbed As the World Turns' latest young adult scourge, Zac and Zoe, "The Wonder Twins." When news of their casting was first announced I held out hope that their addition might provide a constructive improvement to the Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) storylines. I shouldn't have held my breath. These - not so wonderful - twins are the worst thing to hit As the World Turns' young adult storylines since Chloe Babbitt (Jennifer Landon) ran rampant through Oakdale and tied Gwen to a train track. Like Gwen and Will, I'm beginning to get the feeling that poor Luke and Noah are going to end up hopelessly boring and motivated by plot points. READ MORE

The Three Stooges and The Seven Dwarfs

In terms of popularity, it is accepted as gospel that daytime soap operas commanded their largest audiences in the go-go 1980's, highlighted by the 30 million odd viewers who tuned into Luke & Laura's now legendary first wedding on General Hospital. Less well known among today's fans is that the true heydey of soaps was the early 1970's when the three broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, and NBC — were the only game around. They could have aired cheaper game shows all day long (in fact, game shows had their own morning and afternoon blocks of programming) but instead broadcast an average of 18 soap operas. Let me repeat that: 18 daytime dramas.

Want to know the Nielsen ratings that a few of today's soaps were averaging in soap-to-soap comparisons during the 1969-1970 season when there were 19 soaps? Days of Our Lives was pulling an 8.8, One Life to Live was pulling in a 6.7, while General Hospital was at an 8.5. Compared to the numbers soaps pull today, those ratings look glorious but as hard as it may seem to believe, all of them were in the middle of the pack. READ MORE

After Elton Defends As the World Turns' GLAAD Award

After Elton is defending GLAAD's decision to present As the World Turns with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama. As the World Turns received the award for its portrayal of the highly popular gay characters Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann). As the World Turns won out over All My Children.

Yes, the show has a double standard in how it handles gay sex, but calling ATWT homophobic and condemning GLAAD for recognizing the Luke and Noah storyline as groundbreaking is just ludicrous. Not understanding that Procter & Gamble, the sponsor for ATWT, as well as everyone else involved with the show, faced criticism and potential financial losses for including a gay storyline in the first place, is simply being willfully ignorant.  

After reading the argument and the rebuttal, what do you think? READ MORE

Will Nuke Get Married...On OLTL?!

Gotta love those mainstream reporters and their research skills. OK Magazine has posted an interview speculating on whether or not Luke and Noah will ever get married, one One Live to Live.

Could marriage be in the cards for daytime TV’s hottest gay couple?
Well, maybe not right now – but it might not be too far away, according to One Life to Live’s Jake Silvermann and Van Hansis."

Jesus take the Wheel.

UPDATE: OK has since changed the soap to Passions, er As The World Turns.

Should GLAAD Have Awarded ATWT Outstanding Daytime Drama Series?

Veteran, LA Times awards show aficianado Tom O'Neil recently ripped into the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) over the organization's decision to present As The World Turns with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama.

When the Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) romance debuted on "As the World Turns" a few years ago, it was obvious that the actors weren't permitted to kiss on screen. That ban not only persisted through the eligibility period of the first GLAAD Award it won (2007), but the early part of the eligibility period of the second award too (2008). Then the gay couple, hallelujah, was finally permitted to smooch, but not to have a physical relationship beyond that — like most hormonally crazed heterosexual couples do on TV soaps. That breakthrough finally occurred in 2009, but the ban still seemed to be in place during both times "As the World Turns" was honored by GLAAD.

O'Neil went on to take executives at ATWT's parent company Procter and Gamble Productions to task for admitting to buckling under pressure for a Right Wing extremist religious group.

Jeannie Tharrington, a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble Productions, which produces the CBS series, conceded last year that the conservative portrayal of Luke and Noah's love life was due in part to "some of the feedback that we've gotten." Part of that feedback was the threat of a boycott against Procter & Gamble products led by the right-wing political group American Family Assn. of Tupelo, Miss., which denounced the show's portrayal of homosexuality as "repulsive" and "offensive."

GLAAD president Neil Giuliano stood by his organization's decision to award ATWT.

"GLAAD has very much a carrot and stick approach," he adds, "fighting defamation and working in media advocacy. The awards program is the time we recognize people for being fair, accurate and inclusive. It's not the time we bring out the stick and raise our anti-defamation fists in the air about things people are not doing as well as they should."

Personally, I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. On one hand, I applaud ATWT for at least attempting to tell a gay storyline, however if the NAACP gave an award to a soap opera that had admitted to not allowing a black couple to show the same kind of intimacy white couples are allowed to show onscreen, I would be outraged. What do you think, should GLAAD have awarded ATWT, or would a safer bet have been the equally controversial All My Children? One thing's for sure, Guiding Light had damn well better win next year! Otalia is the most realistic gay storyline daytime has ever told.

Check out more from Tom O'Neil's column Gold Derby, at LA Times The Envelope.

"Nuke" Mentioned on Dutch Television

Dutch soap Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden (Good Times Bad Times) is going to bring back the character Lucas Sanders and reveal that he's gay. The entertainment/gossip show RTL Boulevard talked to headwriter Kennard Bos about the storyline, gay storylines in the past and also Luke and Noah's story on As the World Turns was mentioned. Activate the captions if the English subtitles don't appear.