In case you’ve missed it, TV Guide’s Michael Logan interviews the ONE, the ONLY, the IRREPLACEABLE Melody Thomas Scott. Despite battling ironclad non-disclosure clauses, daytime’s consummate professional tries his damnedest to elicit a response to this interesting tidbit:
I heard that Eric Braeden [Victor] called CBS chief Les Moonves to complain about the way you were being treated in this contract situation, and that Moonves stepped in and made magic happen. True?
[Long pause, followed by a sigh] Where’d you hear that? [Laughs]
Nice try, Michael Logan, nice try! The entire interview is eye-opening and more than worth the time it would take to read it. As I’ve heard, Mr. Braeden has always been referred to as an ‘actor’s actor’. His legend, true or not, has been that he’s fought for his colleagues backstage when he felt that they were treated unfairly. He has never been shy about commenting on what he thinks of the TPTB when they make lousy decisions that could affect the fans, and the long term health of the show or the genre.
I can only imagine how much different daytime would have been if those of Eric Braeden’s caliber were permitted to run daytime. His respect for fans, the show and its history, as well as his colleagues makes him daytime’s brightest star, in my book.
He and Melody Thomas Scott have been a large part of the YnR’s success as daytime’s perennial fan favorite and it’s hard for me to imagine that anyone would allow themselves to forget the contributions of both. What’s up with the (arrogance? delusional state? ignorance?) that permits TPTB to believe that their brand is strong because of the writing ONLY, or that actors really are interchangeable commodities. Nah… fans won’t care. They don’t notice things like that. NOPE! Fans are just WAITING for TPTB to higher one more non-Actor model, and teenaged kid looking for the coolest extended summer job EVER! Yup, that’s what we want. That’s why we’re tuning in in droves. We’d never notice if they just killed Nikki off, or replaced her with a 20 something long lost daughter.
While I have not always been a Victor-Nikki fan, I have always been a fan of EB and MTS. I respect both enough to know that they’ve given the YnR it’s most enduring signature couple through the hard work they bring to the set every day (even when the writing wasn’t worth talking about – or at least not worth talking about without the inclusion of a list of expletives long enough to make a trucker blush). Thank goodness they’ll both be around for at least a while longer.
The gods of daytime may not know how important they are to us, and it would be a shame for them to find out too late, when the ratings tank and fans are gone for good.
On another note, here’s a great read from Telewatcher! Writers, working the “Gotcha” moment in place of the “That was Amazing moment”? What a shame because we all deserve better! I thought of it in context with the news the MTS was both leaving and thankfully returning!