Tamara Braun Online
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Welcome to TAMARA BRAUN ONLINE a site dedicated to Emmy Award Winning actress and activist Tamara Braun. Known for her best known roles as Ava Vitali (Days of our Lives), Reese Williams (All My Children) and Carly Corinthos/Dr. Kim Nero (General Hospital). Tamara as quite a few prime time credits to her name including Bosch, CSI, Saving Grace, Supernatural, Freddie, Castle, Without a Trace, House and including the films Little Chenier, Limbo Lounge, Fallen Arches, Pretty Rosebud. Tamara is also an activist lending her name and time to many charities and causes to create change in the world. This site has a strict NO CANDIDS POLICY. To read that please click the link.

Sorry for how late in the day these are, but I had some tweaking of the media section and some of the video files I had to do. As for today’s episode I’m still trying hard to accept Tamara as Kim. I’m trying…. Really I am. I’m still not buying it though not when I’m seeing not just shades of Carly, but whole swathes of her coming out in Tamara’s portrayal. What I’m seeing is Carly at this age. Carly in this state of being and Carly in this day and age. The one thing I have to take umbrage with this show on is their constant use of Tamara in a supporting role. It’s clear they do not think of her in a lead capacity and this reinforces my feeling Tamara has signed short-term. Otherwise she’d be driving these stories instead of being a supporting player to Julian (William deVry) and Drew (Billy Miller), and to a degree Oscar (Garren Lake Stitt). How you can tell this is the amount of time the camera is on her and from what direction the scenes are being told from. Most of the tags on scenes are from the other player’s point-of-view, not Kim’s. It’s been five months and Tamara has had a total of 40 episodes so far, grossly under any of the other soaps she’s been on. During her time as Carly (2001-2005) Tamara was on during the average month 20 episodes. In the average year she had about 240 episodes because she was a lead actress at that time. When she went to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Ava Vitali both times, she was on at average of 20 episodes per month. Same with her role of Taylor Walker, and as Reese Williams on ALL MY CHILDREN. As Ava, Taylor, Reese, and Carly she was in the lead capacity as we got to see things from Ava/Taylor/Reese/Carly’s point-of-view. She was driving her own stories. Whatever Ava/Taylor/Reese/Carly did she affected other people’s stories by her actions. Here none of her actions affects anyone or anything. Yeah, you could say bringing on Oscar affected Drew’s story, but Oscar was already on the canvas. Kim didn’t bring Oscar on. On DAYS the character of Tripp Dalton (Lucas Adams) wouldn’t be on if not for Ava and what she did to affect Steve (Stephen Nichols) storyline. She had her cause and affect. Kim has no cause or effect. I hadn’t planned on another commentary, but when I got typing it just came out. Like it or not.



New press scans for the gallery and article for the press section. We are finally getting some direction for K(arly)im in terms of where she might be going. As per the episode on 2018/04/05 where she told Julian (William deVry) her true feelings for Drew (Billy Miller) and on 2018/04/06 where Oscar/Morgan (Garren Lake Stitt) confronted his mother, here’s hoping Tamara is out of storyline limbo. Not too sure what to believe about this spoiler on Celebrity Dirty Laundry but according to them K(arly)im will end up pregnant from her one-night-stand with Julian. So are you going to tell me a woman who is an OBGYN doctor is NOT going to use contrceptives? Is GENERAL HOSPITAL and or Frank Valentini going to further insult our intelligence? Likely. He can’t seem to help himself. Remember though right now those “spoilers” from CDL are just theoretical and not actual fact. But hey….. You can click on the press link in the post to go to the article.



Well another day where Tamara doesn’t drive her own story or do anything else but play drag to other characters’ stories including Julian (William deVry) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Drew (Billy Miller) and Sam (Kelly Monaco)? Judging by what I’m seeing on Twitter no one wants her in the Julian/Alexis sturm and drang. In fact they’re pretty much demanding her stay out of their couple’s orbit. I have a guess the Drew/Sam fans feel the same way so where does that leave Tamara….. Exactly?!



Finally got those computer issues figured out and was able to get the work done. Here’s Tamara’s episode for now yesterday. While I liked the scenes with Drew (Billy Miller), I’m still getting a Carly feel from how Tamara is playing “Kim”. I keep seeing Tamara as a single Carly raising Morgan on her own. Whatever that concoction is that is playing “Carly” I’ll never figure it out. But each time I watch I’m seeing Carly with Morgan on her own. I wanted to take part in the live Tweet with her yesterday, but two things stopped me: 1) I was feeling a little under the weather, and 2) I’m not sure I could keep my tongue when it comes to this silliness of having her come back to play another character. It still feels so wrong.



No sermon today, I promise. Loved the scene between Kim and Oscar (Garren Stitt). They really are gelling in the mother/son dynamic. I also loved Tamara barging “Carly-like” into Drew’s (Billy Miller) office. Ah, so nice some things never change. She certainly had her “Carly Groove” down today. Don’t know if it’s being back on the GH lot, but certainly something’s rubbing off.



I’ve tried as I might to grasp this new paradigm of Tamara being back on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Kim Nero while someone else plays the part of Carly Corinthos. I’ve tried. Tried to understand the reasoning for bringing Tamara back to play another character when she was so beloved as Carly. Hearing her today say that name to another person who clearly represents everything Tamara strove for four years and eleven months to evolve to another level just boggles my mind. When I see Laura Wright in thirteen years strip all that growth and dignity back to what I’m going to start calling Proto-Carly, I’m just stymied. There are people who actually like this! There are people who love that she’s reduced Carly back to a caricature in a sort of Darwinian nightmare of base level impulses just makes me shake my head in disgust. And I’m not going to hide it anymore. Tell me again when Tamara’s/Kim story is supposed to take off? Tell me again that Tamara is going to drive her own stories as “Kim Nero” much in the same way she drove Club 101, The Panic Room, the aftermath of being shot in the head, Alternate Universe with Alcazar (Ted King), Michael’s Death. Please tell me she’s not going to continue to be a fourth wheel in someone else’s storyline like Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Julian (William DeVry), or Drew (Billy Miller) and Sam (Kelly Monaco). Please tell me again why Frank Valentini wanted her back? I’m going to say one negative thing to Tamara in hopes she understands it in the spirit in which I hope it comes off.

In a recent interview when asked what made her decide to come back to GENERAL HOSPITAL she said, “I got to play Carly for four years and loved her with all my heart, so I asked my friend who loves soaps for her thoughts on actors returning as different characters,” Braun shares. “She said, ‘If they’ve become a character I love,then I just want to see them — regardless of who they play. You fall in love with the actor.’ And I’ve been getting [on-line] comments from fans saying, ‘Come back as anything!’ So I thought, ‘What the heck? Let’s see how this goes!’” To that I say to Tamara, NO. This isn’t about someone coming back to play someone else after playing a bit part. This is about someone who changed a character so drastically in terms of growth, humanity, humility, vulnerability, and all those qualities you hope a character who has been in a long running drama does. Grow! Tamara changed Carly for all the right reasons. For all the reasons we need to see her remain on the canvas and keep learning those lessons we all learn. As Carly grew under Tamara’s able care, we grew. We loved Carly, we loved her journey… A journey that was cut short when she announced — for good reason — her decision to leave the role in 2005.

I know the deal in soap operas with recasts. Face it Jennifer Bransford was given a shit deal. She was only a placeholder until the Powers That Be were able to bring Wright in after her contract expired from Guiding Light. Jennifer was just a warm body. They just didn’t want to allow Tamara to play out Michael’s (Dylan Cash) homecoming. That was clear. They made sure Jennifer was reviled as Carly so that when Wright assumed the role, the fans would be relieved Carly had been “salvaged” from the Bransford’s “failings”. The ones who failed though was not Jennifer Bransford, it was the powers that be at GENERAL HOSPITAL who thought they could do this in front of our eyes and we’d take whatever shit they threw at us and we’d be grateful Carly was in “able” hands. Today showed they were wrong. So wrong. So like what Robert Guza Jr., Charles Pratt Jr., Jill Farren Phelps, and most of all Brian Frons did in 2005 with their Carly Shell Game, Frank Valentini believes we’ll take lying down because we should be “grateful” he was the one who brought Tamara Braun back home to GENERAL HOSPITAL. I’m calling big time bullshit on that. We saw Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) today. She was talking to this Proto-Carly or Snarlybeast as she’s known on many soap boards, and we saw Tamara in the background. We see what you’re doing and to a lot of us who despise what Frons, Phelps, Guza, Pratt, and Wright have done with the character of Carly Corinthos, we are not amused. We are not entertained. I know for me, once Tamara is done I’m done. GENERAL HOSPITAL has shown me my viewership is not appreciated. And I’m not going to take the whole, “Well Tamara chose to leave so Laura Wright took over and has been playing the part for thirteen years…..” hyperbole. It doesn’t mean squat on this show who has done the ole switcheroo so many times (**cough**Prospect Park**cough**) and the ONE LIFE TO LIVE Three. It can be done again if the will is there. I say it’s time. Let Tamara resume a character she said she, “Loved with her whole heart”. And it showed. It showed in what she brought every single day for four years and eleven months. When Wright said, “I’m going to be playing my Carly closer to the original….” What she meant to say is that she’s going to strip away every single nuance Tamara infused the character with, and reduce her back to the shrieking guttersnipe Carly was as that teenager who came to town way back in 1996. Yeah….that’s acting alright. But then what can one expect from someone who never trained to be an actress and who instead took the easy way in. And I don’t care I said that. Any Laura Wright fans who come here thinking I’m going to be gracious. Think again. I don’t have to be gracious when Wright spoke so negatively about Tamara and Jennifer. And I know some of my visitors will say to me, “So you’re going to take statements Laura Wright said thirteen years ago and use them against her now?” As with the current political climate, people have to be responsible for the words they say. Enough with the snowflakery.



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