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Hi there guys. I just wanted to give you an update on what’s going on with me and the site. My deepest apologies for no updates over the past while, but I’ve been really sick. I’ve got a lot of stuff for you when I get back up to speed including screencaps, clips for OBSCURE MEDIA, personal appearances, press inclusions, etc. Kitchen sink if you like. But I’ve been battling a resurgence of Fibromyaglia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, something I’ve had off and on since 1986. It just came back in a really big way plus I have no idea what I did to it, but somehow, I compressed a disc in my neck that has lead to really bad debilitating pain in my shoulder and left arm. For the most part, I’ve been on really elephant gun-like pain killers that have more or less knocked me out. I’m going for a CT scan tomorrow that should nail it down as to what is going on in there. I’m going to be working on getting the updates ready throughout tonight. I’ll see what I have for you, if not in a small way for tomorrow morning. Anyways, I’m sorry for the lack of updates. Typing has been a problem because of the pain in my arm. I’m trying to get back up to speed with everything. That’s it for now. Please take care and be safe. Yours, Dianne

I know it’s been a long time no hear, but I’m really dealing wiht a lot of health issues right now. I came down with Fibromyalgia some time ago and for a long time was in remission. I’ve had a really bad flare up lately and as of this writing, I’m also dealing with a very painful neck injury. I’ll be going to see the doctor on Tuesday after spending about three hours in emergency on Saturday night. I promise I’ll have lots of things for you when I get back to posting and uploading. Once again, my apologies for no contact…but I’m sure you can understand. ThanksYours, Dianne

I wanted to say that I’ll be answering the comments from yesterday a little later. I was with my mom all day today and I’m tired. Still have that intestinal thingy that’s just sapping my energy and for some reason, I’m really tired. So please forgive my not answering. About today: What has Reese done to Kendall that the latter had the timerity to adopt that glowering look at a woman she knows next to nothing about? Heck, she was also glowering at Gabby…she’s a baby for crying out loud. Can this story be anything else buy in the about face? I’m getting to the point where I really want this all to be over. Why on earth set up this same-sex story then drop the ball in the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded? It makes no sense and what makes me particularly angry is that all of this is going to land solidly on Ava….er, I meant …. Reese. Sorry for the stammer but this is Days of our Lives all over again. All hate and vitriol is being aimed squarely at Tamara’s character Reese and no one else will take the fall for this one but her. It’s nonsensical and I blame only one person: Charles Pratt Jr. This storyline is moving far too quickly. Kendall is home too soon and the spoilers coming up that Kendall and Zach want Reese and Bianca out of Pine Valley and back to Paris after the wedding. What right do they have in asking this? Even if the other spoiler I read that states that it’s only Kendall, who is she to demand this? Seriously, this storyline is just so convoluted one would likely need a scorecard to keep it all straight. Rant over!

There was a preview of February Sweeps on during today’s non-Tamara show. I clipped it up and added it to OBSCURE MEDIA and it is also in the sidebar to the left. I also got some screencaps from it for you. Enjoy.

I’m about to pull my best Keith Olbermann or Ben Affleck here, so here it goes…..I know there are some who’ve been wanting me to comment on the recent rumors floating around the net about the status of Tamara’s contract with ALL MY CHILDREN and the news that Eden Riegel is leaving this month when her contract ends, but Tamara is staying on. I’ve been asked what this means in terms of the ‘groundbreaking’ storyline AMC is trying to tell. This is all I know, according to SOAP OPERA DIGEST, this is what will happen:Bianca/Reese/Greenlee Cover Story Everyone is in Connecticut for the double wedding of Bianca/Reese & Greenlee/Ryan. Kendall refuses to attend unless Bianca & Reese agree to leave PV. They do. So Kendall attends. Kendall lashes out at Bianca, Reese, & Zach at the wedding rehearsal & gives a nasty toast. Bianca and Reese get into a fight & Reese storms out. Reese starts getting drunk. Zach finds Reese and starts comforting her & they give into a passionate kiss. Ryan sees. Ryan leaves & goes back to Greenlee whose staying at a neighboring inn & tells her what he saw & that he thinks Zach & Reese had sex. Zach & Reese however didn’t & know the kiss was wrong. Ryan tells Greenlee that he doesn’t want to get married next to a couple (Bianca & Reese) that are filled with lies & have secrets between them. Greenlee agrees & in her wdding dress, she decides to go see Zach because she just can’t believe he’d ever cheat on Kendall & knows there’s an explanation. Bianca tells Erica that she refuses to leave PV because Kendall said to & Kendall says then she wants no part of the wedding. Kendall jumps into her car & Zach jumps in with her. Though Zach, Kendall, Ryan, & Greenlee are no shows, Bianca & Reese wed. Kendall & Zach are in her car fighting & Kendall is on the wrong side of the road. Greenlee is on her motorcycle driving to the church & Kendall hits Greenlee, sending her flying over a cliff. The rapid waters sweep Greenlee away and she is presumed dead. The last airdate for an alive Greenlee is the 16th. Greenlee’s final airdate is the 17th, when Kendall has a vision of her freind. Budig says she’ll miss Cammy & Alicia the most. She says she was trying to see how living bi coastal would work & it was very hard. She would like to move back to N.Y., but she has to sort it out before she can move back to NY. She hopes they never find Greenlee’s body so she can have the option of returning. I emboldened the relevant portions. The thing is, Reese and Bianca do marry. So the wedding that does take place is that of Reese and Bianca. Now, what that means in terms of longterm for this couple, I don’t know. But I want it known, I really could care less about Bianca’s character, my only focus as a webmaster for THIS website is for Tamara Braun and HER story. I’m so sick of the villainization of Reese to the point there’s no sense to what is being thrown around on the internet about her. She’s been called ‘shifty’ and ‘secretive’ though there has been nothing in Tamara’s performance to denote anything of the sort. Now to the controversial stuff. Given how quickly her story changed on Days of our Lives, what with all the Steve & Kayla fans who were bellyaching about Ava Vitali’s intrusion into their story, I’m only concerned with what Reese’s story and direction is. Like Ava, I’m feeling that Reese is crumbling due to shoddy writing and lack of vision on behalf of the writer(s) on this show. Goodness knows, Charles Pratt Jr. cannot be trusted to write a lesbian story from a woman’s perspective and his allowing this flip-flopping is disrespectful to lesbians and the bi-sexual community. I’m a bi-sexual and it didn’t take me more than to the age of four to know I liked both sexes. Why not call it what it is Mr. Pratt? Reese is a bi-sexual woman. Plain and simple. Why not tell that story instead of screwing around with this whole hate campaign from Erica and now Kendall toward Reese. Hearing that both Erica and Kendall are going to be ‘ripping’ into Reese does not make me feel as if my time invested these past few months has been worth it. What particularly galls me is that people are seeing stuff that isn’t there in order to validate their feelings on Reese. It’s not ‘cool’ to set up that Reese is this professional woman who is in love with Bianca then drop in this bomb. And it is a bomb, and I have the feeling this was planned from the beginning and I really have to wonder if Tamara knew this was going to happen. And what of her decision to stay beyond what is Reese and Bianca? I’m hoping that if Tamara is slated to have someting with Zach, it is a bonafide storyline. Given how some of us were deprived of what was supposed to be Ava and Patch, I’m not interested in something that will only result in more Reese villification. Been there, done that. If the impetus is to try out a Reese/Zach pairing, then AMC, do it right. Don’t give us Kendall and Erica being allowed to tear into her without Reese’s voice being heard. Allow her to have her say, state her case. If Reese is bi-sexual, tell us she is. Don’t give us the continued ‘is she, isn’t she’ mantra. Again, if the desire is to push a Zach and Reese pairing, do it. Don’t shy away from it because you may face a backlash, but don’t continue to tell us this is a ‘groundbreaking’ storyline when in all fact, it’s just a ploy to gain ratings. Yes, this couple needs drama, but not this kind. Not like this Mr. Pratt. I think the gay/les/bi community deserve better than this. My big belief here is that Mr. Pratt was watching the groundsmashing show “Queer as Folk” with the lesbian couple of Melanie Marcus (Michelle Clunie) and Lindsay Peterson (Thea Gill) and thought, “Oh, yeah. We should do that!” Problem is, it was cheap when Ron Cowan and Daniel Lipman did it on that show, having Lindsay have a one night stand that bordered on rape with an avant garde artist, then come home to face Melanie and have that family break up because of a stupid plot point. There was no desire to have Lindsay actually take up with the artist, it was all for nothing. So if the desire here is to have a little fling between Zach and Reese, I say don’t! There’s no need to screw this up further by having Reese again take the fall for all that is wrong in Pine Valley. I’m just waiting for Erica and Kendall to blame the tornadoes that hit Pine Valley on Reese as if she’s some sort of conjuring witch with evil powers. I personally would like to think Reese is more Serafina Pekkala from “The Golden Compass” than Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz”. Mr. Pratt, you pitched this story to Tamara. You told her it would be groundbreaking. You got her to sign on the dotted line. Don’t pull a Bob Guza and make Tamara the fool.

Here is the media and screencaps from the previous days. I’ll have something to say on the whole contract thing that has been circulating the web these past few days in another post. ***NOTE*** No cappies in this post due to the ‘behindedness’ on my behalf.

“Ahhhh, wadda ya tryin’ to do? Be on time or something?”Told you I was caught up. Finally!I absolutely enjoyed the scenes with Zach (Thorsten Kaye) while he was watching Reese and Bianca (Eden Riegel) trying on their wedding dresses. I loved how Thorsten was interacting with Haley Evans who plays Miranda. I had to get the shots of Thorsten with the crayon in his mouth. As usual, the hype surrounding the ‘towel slip’ was built up as being something smarmy or calculated on Reese’s behalf, as if she did it on purpose to try to seduce Zach. It was really something innocent…however, Zach took a good long look at Reese. Interesting development indeed. This one is on Zach this time, not Reese. So any of those Reese haters and Zach lovers who think she’s after Zach, he didn’t look away now….did he?I’ve included some new articles for you to read. Enjoy.

But teacher, my dog really did …..”I used that one before, haven’t I?Some explaining here. My apologies for not having updates up for the past almost week, but I’ve had almost the entirety of the ten plagues from Egypt erupting almost simultaneously. With the water I had coming into my apartment last week from the pipe rupture in the unit above mine, to the intestinal bug I’m STILL suffering from, to my computer crashing on me last week, it’s been one hell of a few days. I’ve been working to get caught up for the episodes this week. I’ll get to the update so as not to belaver the issue….. Lots of news. I read on a couple of message boards that Tamara may have confirmed she’s leaving in April. I’m not totally sure about this, but when I find out for sure, I’ll post here. This does concur with a short-term contract of about six months, about as long as her contract on Days of our Lives ran.Reese’s mother has been cast. She’ll be played by an amazing actress named Laila Robins who’ll play Claire Williams. Ironcially, Claire was the name of the character Tamara played in the Pretender: Murder 101 episode. Laila is an accomplished Broadway actress who has been in many independent film including one called The Blood Oranges starring British actor Charles Dance. It was a really beautiful movie. If you can rent it from your local video store or from Netflix, I highly recommend it. Laila also guest starred on a very good episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called A Single Life, playing a woman whose sister commits suicide in order to rip open the family secret that her father molested them as children. I have the episode and took the liberty of clipping up Laila’s main scenes for you to check out her work. You can find it here: L&O: SVU. Laila is also married to Robert Cuccioli, the star of the hit Frank Wildhorn/Leslie Bricusse musical Jekyll & Hyde. He played both of course. I’ll have the article listed below. My only gripe about Tamara’s short stay on AMC is that we won’t get any scenes with both Laila and Frank Runyeon with Tamara as a family. Also, we’ll never know if Reese has any siblings. I’ve also added an interview of Tamara’s to OBSCURE MEDIA that she did back in February 2008. It was a radio interview she did on Gulf Coast Radio with Walter Jay, Lou Vickery and Randy Berger. The interview was for Little Chenier and I had it up at the old OBSCURE MEDIA site and only just found it. I hope you enjoy it. I’ll have it up at the update below.I’m also in the process of moving my main files to another external drive and getting some order to my Tamara Braun files. I have so much material it’s been difficult to get it all together to get it up at both the main site and the media files up at OBSCURE MEDIA. I’m hoping to get the bulk of Tamara’s episodic television roles posted, then work on getting the rest of her ALL MY CHILDREN, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and her GENERAL HOSPITAL material up. I’ve had a few emails from visitors who’ve never seen Tamara as Carly and who are eager to see her as the former Mrs. Corinthos. I have several new articles for you to read and as usual, all the relevant scans are up in the gallery plus on the main article pages. Remember you can click on the thumbnail to bring it up larger.

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