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I’ve updated the press section again with some new articles on Tamara’s return to GENERAL HOSPITAL. Like before you can find those at the links provided below. It has been confirmed her character’s name is Kim Nero. I will be posting all screencaps and clips of her episodes so you can keep checking back for those updates. So now here is a bit of the downside of running a website. While I love that Tamara is back on our screens and she is so enthusiastic about her return, I’m feeling a might bit like my intelligence is being insulted by not bringing her back as Carly, a role she played from 2001-2005. I’ve received many emails from fans who have expressed their disappointment with the show for not bringing Tamara back as Carly. Based on the fiasco that was Taylor Raines Walker on DAYS OF OUR LIVES who Tamara played in 2011, I and others feel we’re being betrayed by not having her back as the character we loved. Ergo: Ava on DAYS and Carly on GH. I’m going to make it known that I cannot and have never been able to tolerate Laura Wright as “Carly”. I put that in quotes because to me and others Wright has never been playing Carly. She’s been playing some other incarnation of her Guiding Light character Cassie Layne. My dislike of Wright is also based on her statement, “I’m going to be playing my Carly closer to the original….” This she stated in the days preceding her November 2005 premiere on the show. In effect with those eleven words she more or less threw shade and dissed Tamara and Jennifer Bransford who played Carly as she should have been played as an evolving character, a growing character. Instead Wright took Carly back to the gutter snipe played by Sarah Brown, negated all of the growth, maturity, humility and humanity Tamara infused Carly with and brought her back to a sort of infantile creation. Now Wright wants to say she loves Tamara when she again threw shade at Tamara via various other statements she made after taking over the character.

I know this might rub some people the wrong way, however, I felt it needed to be said. I’m so tired of the soap industry believing they can play this kind of game and think it doesn’t mean anything to the fans. It does. Particularly when Tamara was so beloved by fans of the show and her fans as Carly. And again I mention that whole intelligence insulted thing I mentioned before. I mean on DAYS OF OUR LIVES when they de-Romaned Drake Hogestyn and brought in Josh Taylor as Roman Brady, then tried to tell us he didn’t play Chris Kositcek. Same thing with Tamara as Taylor but then trying to pull the woolly to try to convince us she didn’t just play Ava Vitali only three years before. I know it’s been twelve years since she played Carly, three if you count her brief appearance in the Carlypalooza episode that aired April 1st, 2014. To those of Tamara’s fans who waited and hoped to see her again as Carly, this is a huge let down. From the emails I’ve received some are wondering if they just won’t stick to the clips I’ll provide and avoid actually watching the show to voice their disapproval. I can’t say that I blame them. If not for this site and my dedication to it, I might have skipped it myself. But I don’t have to like it. And I don’t. I hate this and really have reservations about it all. If Tamara reads this I’m not criticizing you, I’m mad at the powers that be that think we’re so stupid we won’t notice. We have and we’re not happy.



New scan in the gallery. To view please again follow the links in the post here. On a note I know this might be inappropriate for a fansite, however, I’m feeling the need to say it. I’m hugely ambivalent to Tamara’s return to GENERAL HOSPITAL. I really wanted this so much. I wanted her back and wanted her to be on long term, however, I feel this is another of her short stints and that it won’t amount to much other than once again serving another’s story rather than her own. The reason I’m so ambivalent is because I wanted her back as Carly. As with her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 2011 as Taylor Walker, this one not only is disappointing that she’s not playing the role she put her indelible mark on and the reason Laura Wright continues to have a job. If not for what Tamara did with the role Wright would not have been able to play not the progressed Carly Corinthos, but “one closer to the original”. In my opinion that’s why she fails utterly as Carly because she has the hubris and temerity to believe she can play her Carly “closer to the original” without taking into consideration she should be incorporating Tamara’s version of the character into her portrayal. By stating she would be playing her Carly “closer to the original” she continues to show a disrespect to Tamara and to a degree Jennifer Bransford who bravely stepped in and took on the part while the ubiquitous powers that be set her up for failure simply be believing they could abuse both Tamara and Jennifer and think we wouldn’t notice. I noticed and while I will be posting regular updates on Tamara’s episodes including screencaps and clips in the gallery and media sections respectively, I’m going to register my displeasure once again for Tamara being brought back as a gimmick, rather than giving her something meaty and respectful in bringing her back to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Carly or DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Ava, instead of as someone associated with Patient6 and Taylor Walker. It will be hard to think of Tamara not as Carly since that is the role that brought me to her as a fan, but to me in my heart she’ll be playing Carly that is closer to where Carly should be and not as a screeching banshee, as Wright is fondly known as on a few message boards. I could tell you some of the other nicknames have for Wright, but I’ll leave it at this. When the IMDB boards were at their height before shutting down, a person named Bored558 posted to Wright’s page back in 2005 when Wright was announced at having taken over the part. To read what he said, please click LAURA WRIGHT IMDB POST. All of what he posted has come true. All of the growth, dignity and humility Tamara infused Carly with is gone. There are some who will say to me, “Well Laura has played Carly the longest and as such is the definitive Carly….” I say wrong. I say whoever brought the greatest growth to the character is the one with squatting rights. As a writer I feel this is most important for long-term characters. Growth and change. Considering Wright is playing her Carly “closer to the original” it’s not surprising she is garnering quite a lot of disdain for her portrayal. I would like to say “Welcome Back Tamara….” But it would be lying. Right now it’s a case of “Welcome back character who won’t move her own story but only aid in Jason and Sonny’s story….yet again.” Carly died 15 April 2005. The final nail was hammered in November 4, 2005, and Jennifer Bransford was the sacrificial lamb.



Still no confirmation of Tamara’s return to GENERAL HOSPITAL. The latest edition of ABC Soaps in Depth carries an article other online publications have been stating of her “imminent” return, though there is still no confirmation from either Tamara or the show. Speculation is that she’s playing a brand new character…. That’ll remain to be seen. I’m only going to give an educated guess here and say Tamara won’t be returning to the show as another character, rather, as Carly. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m so sick and tired of known actors returning to soap operas as characters other than the ones they originated. I’ll cite Tamara’s 2011 return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES not in her Emmy Award Winning role of Ava Vitali but as Taylor Walker and how much of a fiasco that was. I still cannot watch DOOL and see Josh Taylor as Roman Brady without thinking of him as Chris Kositchek. GENERAL HOSPITAL has currently seen the return of long-time fan favourite Steve Burton who played stone cold Jason Morgan for twenty one years before leaving, then showing up on The Young & The Restless as Dylan McAvoy. Burton left last year and returned to his former role. However, that role is currently being occupied by actor Billy Miller. Burton has said he’s signed a three-year deal. Now we begin the whole “Story of Two Jasons”. Could we possibly be seeing the “Tale of Two Carlys”? There’s been next to nothing said by any of the soap-based media since the original report in September. Either one of two things is happening, 1) the report from Daytime Dirty Laundry was fake, or 2) Current Carly protrayer Laura Wright is leaving and Tamara is coming back, but they don’t want the news out quite so soon. I have the scan of the article uploaded to the gallery and the text added to the press section. To go each section please click on the links below.



Can I say this is totally like whiplash? So once more Tamara will be returning to a former soap as another character instead of the one she made iconic? Really? As much as I want her back on television on a semi-regular or regular basis, I certainly do not want her back in a replay of what happened on DAYS OF OUR LIVES where she replaced Natalia Livingston as Taylor Walker instead of returning in 2011 in her Emmy Winning role of Ava Vitali. According to Jamey Giddons Tamara will be playing a new role. I wish I had an eyes-wide-shock emoji right now. if GENERAL HOSPITAL wants her back she should be returning as Carly Corinthos and only Carly Corinthos. Article below.

Tamara Braun in Talks to Return to General Hospital

This soap is really seeing double.

Jamey Giddens
2 hours ago

If you think two Jasons will be confusing, try two Jasons and two Carlys…at the same time! I’m hearing from multiple sources Daytime Emmy winner Tamara Braun is thisclose to inking a deal to return to ABC Daytime’s General Hospital.

Relax, Laura Wright fans. I hear Braun will be playing a new-but-pivotal role tied to the upcoming “Tale of Two Jasons” saga. Braun won’t be the first ex-Carly to return in a new role. O.G. Carly Sara Brown also played mob princess Claudia Zacchara on the soap.

SOURCE: DAYTIME CONFIDENTIAL



I’m calling out to all of Tamara’s fans who have clips of her soap roles. I’ve set up a video site for Tamara’s work. I’m going to be adding her soap opera work very slowly due to the sheer volume of work she contributed to GENERAL HOSPITAL, ALL MY CHILDREN and DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I have all of her time on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Ava Vitali from both 2008 and her return 2015/2016. What I have most of her work from ALL MY CHILDREN as Reese Williams, however, I don’t have her final two months. As for Taylor Walker from her DAYS OF OUR LIVES stint from 2011, I don’t have most of her final three months. And for Carly Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL, pretty much all of her time from 2001-2005. While I have her time as Carly on a long running DVD format, I don’t have her individual airdates. So I’m calling out to her fans for those resources if you have them. I’ll include what I need below in terms of specific dates.

If you have any of these dates please reply to this post in the comment section by clicking on the post title. We’ll then arrange how you can send me whatever you have. Thanks in advance.



Some new event images from April. Tamara attended the Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Nominee Reception on April 27. In a couple of these images Tamara is pictured with Natalia Livingston who played Emily Quartermain on GENERAL HOSPITAL and who preceded Tamara in the role of Taylor Walker on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

    



It was a difficult decision I grappled with when I decided to write this post. You might have noticed that updates of screencaps have been a little sporadic, if not lacking and I truly have to apologize for that lapse. The reason is because I’m really having a difficult time with Tamara’s return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES in her Emmy Winning role of Ava Vitali. That difficulty has been not with Tamara’s work, but with the story line in general. When word came last July that Tamara was coming back to the show, I was so overjoyed. Considering what happened to me earlier in the year, the death of my mother, being able to see Tamara again was that salve I needed for a wounded soul. So like I know most of you I waited patiently for her December return date. I admit I was a little dismayed at the lack of press for her return. There was once a time when a big return like this would get the full court press and all the remaining soap publications would feature a return article. There was one major interview in SOAP OPERA DIGEST, but for the most part they all have been pretty thin in terms of any excitement. Certainly with the waning interest in soap operas in general, one would have hoped that there would be some modicum of interest given how much Tamara is respected within that community, or that her Emmy win would be reason enough to warrant a few articles instead of just one major one. But then comes this article on Daytime Confidential‘s website about DAYS being told to shut down writing until a deal can be reached.

Days of Our Lives writers, put down your pens, er, keyboards. I’ve learned the team led by Josh Griffith and Dena Higley has been told to stop writing until a new deal is reached between NBC, Sony and Corday Productions. The 50-year-old sudser has been written through September 2016.

Last month, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt and Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told TVLine they were happy with the soap ahead of starting negotiations this month to keep DAYS on the Peacock network. Here’s hoping a new pact can be reached soon.

Despite the positive hope for renewal there is little to be hopeful for from the message boards I’ve visited and or post(ed) to daily. Some are saying the show is done, and I really can’t say I care. With the exception of the actors, stage hands, and other crew who would be out of work, I have to say with the absolute unoriginality of the current stories as well as the lack of coherency of many of the characters and their motivations, most acting out of character I’m not surprised.

I belonged to the Soapcentral message board until today. After five days of debating whether Ava raped Steve (Stephen Nichols), I’m left with a profound state of ennui. Yes they’re calling it rape. Apparently according to many of the posters most of them Steve and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) fans, they believe that Ava raped Steve. This fills me with both anger and something akin to confusion as to what direction Ava’s return was to go in. Given her previous run as Ava (February 8 2008 – August 04 2008) I was hoping for something for Tamara that would push Ava into a bit of human conflict in who she’d be this time around. With Tamara’s run as Taylor in 2011 and how much that story line fizzled with unfulfilled promises and again from 2008, I had hoped the powers that be at DAYS, NBC and Sony would have realized the gold they have in Tamara and the possibility of an Ava and Steve pairing enough to dare to break up the iconic Steve and Kayla in order to bring together two amazing talents who’d be capable of shaking the show up. Instead was I was given was a sham yet again and a huge sense of disappointment at the end of today’s episode. The utter lack of concern from Steve for Ava and the devastation Ava felt at finding out their son was dead. While Tamara killed it, as she always does, I felt a break in me that has left me feeling very disillusioned.

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Some things have been going on behind the scenes you might not be aware of, but I’ve been mulling something over in this brainium of mine and I decided something that I think you’ll all be very happy about. This decision has to do with something you guys have been writing to me about for a while. That thing is, I’ve decided to reactivate the two media sites I had on Tamara. So what does this mean, exactly? It means that for right now I decided to get the soap opera site back up and running first. It’s taken the better part of the week to get all the bugs worked out and tonight I finally got those exterminated and the site is now back up. Right now there are no new videos added. What is up there now are some episodes of Tamara from ALL MY CHILDREN as Reese Williams, and the majority are of her as Taylor Raines Walker from her second go around on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. My main impetus currently is to get all her work as Ava Vitali up considering her upcoming return in December…oh why does that have to be so damn far away? I hope you will be happy of this decision as I know I’ve had a lot of emails regarding this. So enjoy. Just click on the banner below to go there. If you want to know the whole story surrounding the reasons why the media site went down, please feel free to go to this link ABOUT OBSCURE MEDIA to read.



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