Guiding Light

Legendary All My Children Scribe Wisner Washam on Working with Agnes Nixon

During the 1970's and 1980's, actor-turned-writer Wisner Washam helped keep All My Children atop the ratings, alongside series creator Agnes Nixon. We Love Soaps recenly caught up with Washam, now in his 70's, to reflect on his tenure at AMC. Here's what the talented scribe had to say about his chemistry with Nixon:

We Love Soaps: Judith had moved to ALL MY CHILDREN after ANOTHER WORLD. Did it cross your mind that writing for the soap your wife was starring on was a bad idea?

Wisner Washam: Well, Agnes didn't think it was a good idea, except that she thought I was a good writer. But for about the first year I got no credit. No one knew I was writing it because they felt it would be nepotism because I was married to Judith who was the star of the show. Actors love to get to writers and put a bug in their ear. Judith didn't do that, God bless her, but others would have done that if they had known. So I was a closet writer for a year. We weren't required to be in the union at that point. The show wasn't unionized as far as writers went.

We Love Soaps: Your relationship with Agnes Nixon lasted for many years throughout the '70s and '80s.

Tina Sloan and Gil Rogers Star in Short Film: Oh My Love

Listen up Guiding Light fans! If you miss some of your favorite stars, take a peek at the new short film Oh My Love, featuring two of the former sudser's alumni, Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines) and Gil Rogers (Hawk Shayne). The two portray a couple struggling through life and growing older. Visit the official website for more information and check out the trailer after the jump.

Ratings, Rants and Raves (Brought to You by WASH IT!): ATWT Soars, Why, I Haven't a Clue

Well it looks like the one-two punch of Bridget (Ashley Jones) vs. Agnes (Sarah Brown) and Steffy Forrester: Teen Corporate Raider (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) proved strong enough to snatch back the number two spot among total viewers for The Bold and the Beautiful (Source: Soap Opera Network). This further proves, I don't know what the crap I am talking about, and should have paid more attention in Algebra class so I coulda done something with my life, since I thought it was beyond asinine, shark-jumping television for that little telenovela twit to best Bill Spencer Jr. and Katie Logan (Don Diamont and Heather Tom) while strutting about town in one of Mick Jagger's frilly shirts. At any rate, B&B added 137,000 total viewers, effectively bumping Days of Our Lives back down to third place. B&B held steady in households and among women 18-49.

Elsewhere on the CBS Daytime lineup, The Young and the Restless dropped 97,000 total viewers over the previous week. Y&R went down one-tenth of a ratings point in households and two-tenths of a point among women 18-49, as TGVN (Eric Braeden) and his blank son Nich-o-Dumb (Joshua Morrow) schemed against his other son, you know, the blind corporate spy (Michael Muhney). Thank the Soap Gods my Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) finally got her wits about her, or I would have been one of those 97,000.

The big ratings winner of the week was cancelled sudser As The World Turns. A whopping 242,000 more total viewers than the previous week tuned in to watch Mitch Laurence Jonathan Randall Marlon Brando James Stenbeck Mick terrorize Oakdale in that poorly lit church. See, what do I know? Soap fans actually LIKE this sort of tomfoolery. I give up! ATWT was up year-to-date 107,000 total viewers, once again putting One Life to Live in dead last in total viewers. ATWT stayed the same in households, but went up one-tenth of a point among women 18-49. READ MORE

Procter and Gamble Actors Strike Back in Steamboat!

Anyone who has thought we at Daytime have been mean for making fun of the dismal production values at the Procter and Gamble soaps in recent years need only watch the first episode of Steamboat to see the actors obviously feel the same way we do! From the hilarious minds of Michael O'Leary (ex-Rick, Guiding Light) and Scott Bryce (ex-Craig, As The World Turns), Steamboat tells the story of a dead last sudser, desperately trying to stay on the air amid budget cuts so severe they have to move into a rundown theater to tape the series in Peapack, New Jersey.

I wonder who Kim Zimmer is channeling for her performance as the soap's control freak show runner? I'll bet you a New York magazine cover I know the muse! Me likes. Hell, if you can't laugh, you'll cry. See the Steamboat Season One teaser below. READ MORE

Pick Up Your Copy of Curve Magazine, Featuring Jamey's Interview With Crystal Chappell This Month!

Paging all Otalia, Venice and Carly Manning fans. Head to your local bookstores to pick up the latest copy of Curve, the nation's best selling lesbian magazine. A snippet of my interview with Crystal Chappell is featured in the magazine's March issue (the one with former As The World Turns star Ming Na on the cover)! While the print issue only includes a few questions from my chat with Chappell (see tearsheet after the jump), the full interview is still available at Curve's website, check it out here READ MORE

Soap Blog Coalition Links!

Daytime Confidential's Jillian Bowe catches up with One Life to Live's Gina Tognoni and previews "something going on" with Kelly and Todd. (Daytime Confidential)

Pratt's gone and there is much to rejoice about. Check out the latest Pine Valley Bulletin commentary and poll! (Pine Valley Bulletin)

The terrible writing for Jason and Sonny lately has forced the Serial Drama girls to re-evaluate their list of least favorite things. Also, when a soap comes out looking worse than the Kardashian sisters, well...that's a problem. (Serial Drama)

Soap Opera Examiner's Mary Montanari pens an open letter to Days of our Lives' villainess Vivian. (Soap Opera Examiner)  

The Wubqueen is crushed to learn her favorite One Life to Live actress may be leaving, dishes about Robin Christopher returning to General Hospital and gives a fun weekend update of daytime's best tweets. (Wubs READ MORE