Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Stephen and Mary beth rock the casbah
Stephen and Mary Beth rock the Casbah…
Hello Diva Worshipers….As promised I am back to discuss the fabulous interview in SOD this week of Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans and I must say…F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. This is why I say Stephen and Mary Beth rock the Casbah. I know that is just such a old song and I am pretty much showing my age by even knowing the song, but I am the Diva and anyone who might have a problem with it can SUCK IT!
Anyhow…back to the interview. I had my Diva spies out bright and early today looking for copies of this SOD because for one…I am the Diva and I don’t have to buy my own and two I was just too lazy to go to the store today….so sue me! Well anyhow my spies brought me back a nice little summary of said interview and I must say….Diva likes it…she really likes it. Here are the highlights of the interview just in case my followers are just as lazy as me.
Digest: Were you surprised to hear the characters were being written off?
Nichols: Yes and no. Yes, because I was surprised that they allowed two of the most beloved characters in the history of the show to just fade into the background and then eventually away. No, because the support and story had not been there since Ed Scott [former co-executive producer] was let go which, by the way, was a huge mistake. Ed's departure sent morale on the set on a downward spiral.
How would you characterize you return in DAYS?
Nichols: We had our moments and Hogan Sheffer [former head writer] was putting a lot of energy into us. Hogan did research and watched the early shows from out first run. He told Mary Beth and me that, to his eye, it was the best stuff ever on daytime. The trouble was, he was the only one doing the research. Writer's assistants were frequently coming to me and Mary Beth, asking us the history of the characters. You would think the show would have these things written down somewhere. Finally, I handed everyone beautifully packages DVDs that our fans had put together of every episode we were ever in. I must say that the first story (the Ava story) Dena Higley [head writer] was responsible for overseeing was great. After that, we were dropped like hot potatoes and once Ed Scott was out of the picture, we were in trouble. He fought for us, I know that much.
Evans: I said to Ken, when it finally came down that we were going to let go. I said, "Thank you. I always wanted to come back. I always wanted to play the second chapter of these characters and I had a great time." I feel like it was a real win; I didn't leave there feeling like, "Oh God." Other times when I've left shows, I have felt so sad or anxious, but I didn't feel any of those feelings. It's been such a spin there for a while, with just so many people getting fired, and there was just so much going on that it was pretty stressful. everybody cares about everybody there, it's like a family and to watch all your friends get laid off, it's really hard.
Now followers, do you see why they rock the Casbah? They are so classy with their answers and they still tell it like it is. Now being the Diva of Days I must disagree with Stephen on one point though. The Ava storyline….was just not good and it made absolutely no sense what so ever. The only thing that was great about that storyline was the acting. Stephen, Mary Beth and even Tamara did a great job considering what they were given. It is really sad that Mary Beth really didn’t feel anything about leaving though. I guess when your character is being tossed out like garbage you can’t feel too much. I am glad they had the chance to voice their opinions in the end though, but it is sad that it took them getting shit canned for them to get a good interview and a cover.
Now I am all prepared to go reading around how they are whinny and bitter and they shouldn’t have even gotten the cover…..wait I have already read stuff like that. I have read that they should have never been given the cover. That this cover should have went to Guiding Light and how people can’t see how this couple is even beloved and so on and so forth.
Well like always I have an opinion on this issue too. I figure Guiding Light will get the next cover and probably the next after that so I don’t think they are hurting about it. Now I can understand how Steve and Kayla is not someone’s cup o’ tea so to speak, but to wonder why they are beloved….come on give me a break now. It doesn’t take a Mensa member to figure that one out. Great chemistry between two great actors, a great first run, two people who give a damn about their fans, two people who have the upmost respect for each other and a bunch of fabulous fans who call themselves Skorks are what makes them beloved. So if that doesn’t explain why they are beloved then please feel free to give some more reasons.