CBS The Bold And The Beautiful plans to bring back a popular character from Guiding Light to help launch its first-ever lesbian story line.
EW has learned exclusively that Crystal Chappell who was last seen playing Olivia,the popular lesbian lover of Natalia (Jessica Leccia) on Guiding Light-will portray Danielle,the other mother of Caroline Spencer Caroline was introduced last month as the never-before-seen daughter of Karen Spencer,who is played by longtime B&B favorite Joanna Johnson.Johnson returned to the sudser last month to begin the romantic story line.
Caroline already knows she has two mothers,but the good people of Los Angeles (where B&B is based) don't know the truth.She'll reveal it to boyfriend Thomas Forrester and her uncle-and Karen's brother-Bill (Don Diamont).The episodes that will include the Chappell's debut in mid-May.
The CBS soaps have aired gay story lines before.Besides the popular Olivia-Natalia storyline on Guiding Light,there was also Luke and Noah (Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann) on As The World Turns.But this is a first for B&B,CBS half-hour sudser that's been on the network since 1987.
Meanwhile,NBC's Days Of Our Lives is struggling to gain traction its first-ever gay story line that began last summer.Though the soap ended up making far sexier moves,bringing back fan faves like Deidre Hall,Drake Hogestyn,Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark,the changes haven't made a huge impact on the bottom line.
It's good to know there will be more lesbian storylines out there.
Do you know if this has a connection to Bianca? Or maybe I'm thinking of a different show all together.
You are more than welcomed!Bianca came from All My Children I really don't know how B&B will handle this story I sure they will try too move away from the Bianca story since that was such a huge storyline In itself.Your right It's great too see lesbian storyline there needs too be more.I'll be watching because of Crystal Chappell I'm such a huge fan of hers!!!
I'm most excited to see that Joanna Johnson potentially be more regular? But I have hard time buying that really being more than a short publicity stunt kind of thing. B&B has been kinda known lately for doing big casting coups and then letting the actors go again immediately when they realized that they have no longterm ideas for them.
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Post by Flaco&Lalo on Apr 18, 2012 16:11:36 GMT -5
After 25 years B&B acknowledges the presence of gay people in the fashion industry! Unfortunately it's not Thomas who's going to be "gayed".. :-(
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Joanna has stated many times she's not interested in acting on a regular basis, so I don't think this s/l will be a major one, I think it's gonna be Caroline-centered..
I have to add that I find totally lame to let Crystal Chappell play yet another lesbian (after Guiding Light and Venice) I understand she has a huge fanbase, but it's really an unoriginal choice.. (I'm afraid it's another case of stunt casting)
I'm really happy for Joanna. The rumours have surrounded her for years. It was very sad to read how she had to keep it bottled up inside and how her parents rejected her. I'm glad she made up with her dad at least and that she's now happily married with two little kids of her own.