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July 20, 2017

NYT Describes Trump and His WH as a Soap Opera Without The Sex and Fun


The title says without Sex and Fun but with this runaway train, I say Stay tune!

 So it’s a few days before the election last November — just a few more days, surely, before Donald J. Trump would return to his golden tower to start a niche TV venture and fill a sagging Twitter feed with exclamation-pointed despair — and a book agent goes to his client with an idea: How about something on the Trump White House That Wasn’t?

The writer — Steve Israel, then a Democratic congressman from New York, now at work on his third political satire — whips up a proposal, “Trumplandia.” Plot lines include a furtive meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, overnight social media rockets fired from Mar-a-Lago and a top administration post for Ben Carson, now the secretary of housing and urban development, who once suggested through a surrogate that he was not qualified to run a federal agency.

“Highly implausible,” the agent said of the pitch then.

“My pen name could have been Nostradamus,” Mr. Israel says now.

Many classes of Washingtonian have struggled with these first six months in President Trump’s thrall: senators, fact-checkers, people who enjoy sleep. But in a city so enchanted by its own history, so practiced in projecting a seen-it-all nonchalance, it has been a particularly trying time for a certain kind of storytelling swamp creature.

Novelists linger over blank pages. Historians grope for precedent and shrug. Even past participants in scandal strain to follow the narrative arc. 
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“It’s early. We’re getting introduced to the characters,” said John Dean, the White House counsel and Watergate supporting player during the Nixon administration, who has become a frequent author in the decades since. “We’re not quite sure how this story is going to unfold, as comedy or tragedy.”

He does have a guess. He pleaded guilty to a felony once.

At present, though, the elements for either genre are slotting into place — an Allen Drury novel crossed with Shakespeare, with final touches entrusted to producers for the E! network.

Foreign intrigue. Strained alliances at the Capitol. A blundering son. Face-lift tweets.

There are nits to pick, and self-appointed editors to pick them. Where is this going? Which act are we on? 
Representative Steve Israel of New York at the White House in 2015. Credit Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, via Associated Press
“It’s like a soap opera without the sex and fun,” grumbled Matt Latimer, an author and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. (He is reminded that the administration is young.)

Some have chafed at the pacing and repetitive story lines, like Republicans’ halting efforts to pass health care legislation.

Others wonder whether some elements are a bit on the nose, like the subject line on Donald Trump Jr.’s email chain about meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer last year: “Russia - Clinton - private and confidential.”

Chekhov’s gun is not supposed to be fired skyward like a flare.

“The Great White Shark has been jumped, indeed, pole-vaulted,” said Christopher Buckley, the author of politically charged send-ups like “Thank You for Smoking.” “American politics has given the satirist pretty much nowhere to go. But away.”

And still, the writers try, reaching for analogies that can manage to mangle past and present in equal measure.

It’s Iran-contra with a spray tan, Lewinsky with a grande coffee.

It’s “The Godfather,” but this time there’s a silent son-in-law in charge of Middle East peace for some reason.

Sometimes inspiration springs from odd corners of the mind. William S. Cohen — the former Clinton administration secretary of defense, Republican senator from Maine and occasional novelist — was stirred recently by the memory of a poster on the back of a Senate Armed Services Committee bathroom during his tenure. It depicted Soviet soldiers on the march, he said, with a tagline that read, “Come visit us before we come visit you.”

“Well,” he said by phone, “the Russians have come to visit us.”

Late-night comedians have leaned most often on the Nixon age for comparison, with mixed success. In March, John Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” described the Trump-Russia affair as “Stupid Watergate” — a prospective scandal “with all the intrigue of Watergate, except everyone involved is really bad at everything.”

He has found that the framing device is aging distressingly well.

“Unfortunately, it was supposed to be a self-contained joke,” he told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” last week, “but current events are making it more and more relevant. Which is not normally how jokes work.”

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The label seemed to offend Mr. Dean, of Nixonian infamy, by implication.

“Most people don’t appreciate how stupid Watergate was,” he said. “It was ham-fisted all over the place.”

No question. But rarely has the ham-fistedness felt so all-consuming, infusing even the simplest of tasks from a president who, seeing little need for subtext, tends to read the bracketed stage directions aloud. 

For a moment this week, it seemed that the Senate health bill would be imperiled by a blood clot in Arizona, found in a war hero senator, John McCain, whom Mr. Trump once disparaged for being captured in combat.

The president appeared eager to play narrator this time.

“He’s a crusty voice in Washington,” he said of Mr. McCain, in something approaching a compliment. Then came the bottom line: “Plus, we need his vote.”

The Republicans did not, as it happened. By Tuesday, they needed his and several others they did not have. No one said Mr. Trump was a reliable narrator.

But there it was again, a sharp detour in this most peculiar chapter, sending the capital lurching down a cul-de-sac so unfamiliar that Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas — Senator Jerry Moran! Of Kansas! — played a decisive role in felling Republicans’ signature legislative promise of the last seven years.

Maybe the tale will continue thus, hurtling forth in serialized chunks before a finale that may or may not arrive before January 2025.

Mr. Israel, the congressman-turned-novelist, saw another ending once upon a time — liberal fantasy stacked upon liberal fantasy.

 New York Times

October 25, 2012

Gay Sex Scene Coming in 'Day of Our Lives'

Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis, the first two gay characters in the history of the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, have been openly smooching in the Salem town square for weeks now.
On the episode of the show airing 14 November, they will finally makes love.
The two have been friends for more than a year but it was not until last month that they admitted their romantic feelings for each other. Since then, they have been busy cooing and kissing but have only been seen in public places.
'The Will and Sonny fans have waited a long time for this but the delay has been a good thing,' actor Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny, tells TV Guide. ''It's allowed the audience to get to know our characters and to get to a place where they are really rooting for them to get together. I don't expect anyone will think the sex scene is controversial. Hopefully, we're past that. This isn't a story about two gay guys. It's about two human beings who truly love each other.'
Smith says he and Chandler Massey, who plays Will, are getting used to playing an onscreen couple so the love scene did not faze them.
'Chandler and I were much more nervous about our first kissing scene,' he says. 'Our hearts were really pounding during that one but it worked out great because our characters' hearts were pounding, too. Since then Will and Sonny have done enough flirting and kissing and cuddling that, as actors, we weren't nervous about finally getting to the sex. The way we shot it is very real and passionate but tasteful. Chandler and I are comfortable with each other and it shows. We have good chemistry. We trust each other.’

Below is a preview of the big scene:

March 31, 2012

Soaps } Will Horton to come out on April 4!

 By Greg Hernandez  


Last night there was what sounded like a super event in Los Angeles with several members of the cast of Days of Our Lives.
The topic was Will Horton’s coming out story andChandler Massey (Will),Diedre Hall (Marlena) andAllison Sweeney (Sami) were among the cast members there to discuss it.
Sadly, I could not be there because going on at EXACTLY the same time over at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was The Advocate’s 45th Anniversary party and it was a star-studded affair I could not miss.
I will look for coverage of the Days event on some other sites and provide you some coverage that way.
But, I do have some little scoops for you! Sources tell me that Will, who this week told Marlena he didn’t really think he was gay after all, takes the big step and COMES OUT on the episode airing April 4.
I don’t know the exact circumstances but I do know that the character of Neil, the guy who Will made out with over two episodes last month, will be returning for at least three episodes. (Neil is played byJesse Kristofferson).
Hopefully, that means we will see some more of those liplocks!

November 5, 2011

Tuc Watkins among the “One Life to Live” cast members

 By Greg Hernandez Life to Live lives!!!
And best of all, it will live with the sexy and funny David Vickers who, of course, is played by the sexy and multi-talented Tuc Watkins.
ABC has canceled the long-running soap and will give it a sendoff in January. But like its former ABC soap sibling, All My Children, the show will resume production for The Online Network.
In addition to Watkins, who also plays one-half of the gay couple on Desperate Housewives, other cast members making the transition to online are five-time Emmy winnerErika Slezak (Victoria),  Kassie DePaiva(Blair Cramer), Josh Kelly (Cutter), Florencia Lozano (Tea), and Shenell Edmonds(Destiny).
More names are sure to be announced soon. I hope one of them will be the great Robin Strasser who has played Dorian Lord for about three decades. Not only is Miss Strasser delicious in the role, but she and Watkins enjoy an out of this world chemistry filled with sharp wit and humor.
With or without his Dorian, it’s a safe bet that David/Tuc will be shirtless plenty and that is a very good thing!

Friday Morning Man: Jay Ryan! pal Lorna Harris, one of the key people in helping me launch this blog nearly three years ago, is always filled with ideas for Morning Men.
Often I will take those ideas and run with them, but sometimes, I don’t. When I don’t, Lorna does not take it well!
But she will be happy to see that she and I are in total agreement over today’s selection: Jay Ryan who has guest-starred in the new hit series Terra Nova – as a murderer!
This handsome 30-year-old actor was born in New Zealand but resides in Australia where he is best known for his role of Jack Scully in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. He was on the show from 2002-2005.
More recently, Ryan has played Kevin in the New Zealand comedy/drama series Go Girlsand earlier this year, he joined the cast of the Australian comedy/drama series Offspring.
By the way, Ryan is not Jay’s real last name. That would be Bunyan. It was suggested he change his name early one because someone told him it sounded too much like “bunion.”

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