BY Michael Fairman

September 05 2009 9:50 AM ET

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During the rehearsals the night before, I got to see all my Springfield
favorites and say good-bye to the wonderful cast one by one. Crystal
Chappell and I got to catch-up and I met her producing partner, Kim
Turrisi who along with Crystal will be spearheading Venice. Kim
watched my short tribute version inside the Orpheum and was struck by
Crystal’s amazing Otalia moments. We also turned our conversation to
the future and Venice. It turns out the series will start filming in
October. Crystal and Kim have invited Advocate.com on the set for a
sneak peek and exclusive look!

Emmy winner Kim Zimmer (Reva,
GL) shared with me her thoughts on taping her last episode of the show
which airs September 18th, and gave Otalia some love! “I had a moment
of, 'Thank God its over,' because it’s been hard. I was never a fan of
the new format and production module, and trying to generate story, was
tough. And Thank God for Olivia and Natalia. It was the only love story
we had on the show, because every one of the other characters on the
show seemed to hate each other and it was nasty. I think that is one of
the reasons that story was so well received by bible belters because it
was a love story. We were thirsty for something like that.”

La Zimmer
went onto say that she thinks fans will like the finale, and that 60
percent of her fans will be happy with the ending of the show and 40
percent won’t be. But what of Kim’s chances of returning to the soaps?
“I was talking to One Life’s exec, Frank Valentini on the airplane
coming over to LA. I did pitch him coming back to One Life to Live,
where I played Echo. I said, 'I won’t sign a contract, but I’ll work
cheap, if you work me five days a week!'” (She laughs.)


Y&R Fan Fest with quite the trio….Clementine, Bierdz, and Muhney!

Two
nights before the Emmys, I attended Y&R’s Fan Event and had a
moment to catch up with some of our favorite interesting suspects from
the series. First, Clementine Ford (who I have not had the chance to
speak to since our interview here) told me the latest scuttlebutt for
Mackenzie.


“I will say I heard a rumor that something really
interesting is coming up.”

But, I had to know... Is Ms Ford finally being
recognized for her work on the number one show?

"No. People still come
up to me and go, 'I love you from The L Word, what are you doing now? I
go, 'Really? Try CBS, TiVo, and The Young and the Restless.' And they
are like, 'Oh My God. I had no idea.' I think people are just used to
seeing me in one way and perhaps it’s a different audience. I am not
sure what is going on there.” And it seems like her Hollywood mom,
Cybill Shepherd is still not watching, either! “She can’t learn how to
work the TiVo. She said to me, 'I caught the last five minutes of one
episode, and some older woman was crying, but I don’t know what was
going on.'”

Then when I asked Clementine’s opinion about the
outrage over the fact that Otalia has still not kissed, she said, “I
think it’s all so ridiculous at this point. People can do some vile,
horrible things to people on television today, but you can’t have two
people of the same sex kissing on daytime? I mean, what planet do they
think the daytime audience lives in? They need to have more respect for
the daytime audience. They are smarter than they think. I had heard a
bit about the Otalia storyline, but I did not know they had not
actually kissed! Unbelievable!

Thom Bierdz and I caught up, and
I asked him if he was happy with the shows writing on Phillip’s
rationale for faking his death for 20 years, and how the storyline
seemed to be playing out. Bierdz: “I will be honest here. What we
didn’t see, and for Phillip to fake his death… because I have never
known anyone to fake their death… he must have faked his death because
he thought people would not have accepted him. However, we did not see
one hint of homophobia, ever on Y&R in the 36 year history of the
show. It just reflected the times. I think it would be fair if we saw a
flashback of some homophobia that was somewhere. It may have been
misunderstood, but at least, it would have given Phillip a reason why
he thought he would not be accepted.

On-screen, Michael
Muhney’s Adam seems to have cooled off his machinations of gay lawyer
Rafe. So is there any chance there will be more flirty encounters or
even…sex between the two men? Munhey: “As far as I know, no. But as
with any good storyline, you have the potential for anybody to come
into your world at any given moment.







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