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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.



GENERAL HOSPITAL is about to celebrate it’s 55th anniversary on April 1, 2018. It’s been on the airwaves for longer than any of its other competitors on the other networks. Even its two ABC sister soaps One Life To Live and ALL MY CHILDREN don’t have the same bonafides. So in light of that astounding accomplishment, one would think the impetus of the current powers that be would be to beef up the show’s future by borrowing from the past. Last year saw an amazing fete from executive producer Frank Valentini in his ability to lure back two of the show’s high power players. Those being our Tamara Braun and Steve Burton (Jason Morgan). The other was to bring back Genie Francis and push her toward becoming the grand dame of the show in giving her a larger role in her capacity as the iconic Laura Vining Webber Baldwin Spencer. Even having her find love again and marrying her to long time VIP Kevin Collins played by long-time vet Jon Lindstrom. It looked like they were positioning this show to become something more in terms of making it viable past it’s 55th Anniversary. So what mistakes have they, or rather Frank Valentini made that makes the viability of this show in question? Let’s examine.

When it was announced that Tamara was on her way back to GH I had hoped, as did many others, she would be reclaiming her role of Carly Corinthos. I know for me I had all my fingers, toes and eyes crossed. When ABC Soaps in Depth said it would be featuring an article in its November 2017 edition with Laura Wright it seemed from all appearances it would be an exit interview. When it came closer to Tamara’s airdate, we received news that her “character” would have something to do with Patient6 (Jason) and she would have news on him. This baited us more with the possibility of a switcheroo that she would indeed be replacing Wright, but then we found out her character’s name would be Kim Nero thus dashing all our hopes she would be playing Carly once again. A role all of her fans was praying she’d one day come “home” to play. Frank Valentini said in an interview he’d talked to her back in 2009 at the Daytime Emmy awards where she won for Best Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama for her role of Ava Vitali on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. If I’d be a betting woman, I’d deduce Valentini was perhaps positioning Tamara to come back to play Carly. That was until 2011 when Laura Wright won for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama for playing largely a faux Carly. Given the field that year The Bold & Beautiful veteran Susan Flannery was the front-runner given her decision to retire from the soap. However, Wright won in effect scuttling any chance of Tamara’s return to come back to play Carly.

We come to 2017 and Steve Burton’s triumphant return as Jason, Genie finally being elevated to contract and Tamara returning as Kim. So what’s wrong with that picture? Plenty. Apparently Genie was given her walking papers before Christmas. Yeah she was demoted to non-contract status and in Frank Valentini’s words to appear in count ’em TWELVE episodes a year. That is so demeaning to this actress who single-highhandedly saved this show from cancellation back in 1977. Until the David Hamilton Murder Case GENERAL HOSPITAL was on the cancellation block. With the creation of that storyline the show was saved from cancellation, with Genie and her onscreen mother Lesley played by Denise Alexander being the stars who not only saved the show, but brought it to prominence for Gloria Monty to be able to come in to revamp the show with the espionage and intrigue of the Left-Handed Boy story, but also bringing in Tony Geary as Luke Spencer. But again remember it was Genie and Denise who saved this show. Not Geary. Geary if not for Monty would have been a short-term character, gone in perhaps the customary thirteen week cycle and never to be remembered again. Instead Luke was saved and it was Roy DiLuca (Asher Bruner) who was sacrificed in order to set up the beginning of the Laura and Luke phenomenon. Notice what I did? I said LAURA and Luke. Not the other way around as is the custom for most articles to give Geary more credit than Francis.

We’re more than two months away from the April 1st 55th anniversary. Yet we have Frank Valentini making ridiculous if not insane decisions such as not bringing Tamara back to play Carly and letting Genie Francis go. He hired Laura Wright’s boyfriend in a parking lot for a contract character no one cares about, but he reduced the iconic Genie Francis to twelve appearances a year? If Valentini had any balls, which I don’t believe he does, he’d have cut his losses with Wright…and face it in most of the message boards and comment sections I visit daily, no one likes Wright’s interpretation of Carly. They don’t like her selfishness, her hubris, her grandiosity and her loudness. I’ve counted at least a dozen nicknames. They want the Carly back who had learned lessons, grown, become a woman and had vulnerability, something Wright is totally incapable of playing due to her lack of understanding of subtext. Oh sure she can cry on cue, but little else in terms of subtlety. However, Valentini did something we GH and most specifically we Carly fans never thought would happen: Tamara Braun would come back to GENERAL HOSPITAL. Given the re-hiring of Steve Burton and the re-signing of Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) to another three years, and the 55th Anniversary of the show coming up, what a time to have reunited the real CarSaSon (for the uninitiated that is Carly/Jason/Sonny) and begin to carve out a path to keep the show on for the foreseeable future. Imagine what that would look like to bring about a renaissance for this show and give us back our grown up Carly, original Jason and Sonny, plus giving us Laura Vining Webber Baldwin Spencer now Collins in a storyline worthy of Genie’s ample talent, and allow this show to get back to what it used to do: Entertain.

I’m being told by some that they love Laura Wright’s Carly. Most of those are newer fans who just started watching when Wright was playing Carly. They don’t understand who Carly was under Sarah Brown, and who she became under Tamara Braun. What is currently on our screens with Laura Wright is not Carly. That Laura Wright is not trained enough to understand that “playing my Carly closer to the original” means backsliding for a character that had become something more under both Tamara Braun and Jennifer Bransford, she clearly doesn’t understand what playing a long term character on a soap opera means. If we look at the character of Luke Spencer as a model and see that what started out to be a one-note character become a hero, then we see what that means in terms of making the show current. We have to forget what mess Tony Geary made out of Luke in the end in trying to deconstruct the myth. That’s what Laura Wright did. She deconstructed all growth Tamara’s Carly made in understanding why she had the impulses she did, why she lied, why she did the things she did. She learned a lot in light of the Kristina reveal and became a heroine in her own right, not Wright. And that is what we all do when we watch these shows. We grow along with the characters because that’s the nature of the show. For any of Wright’s fans who believe she’s playing the grown version of Sarah Brown’s Carly, think again. She’s not. She claims she’s playing her Carly, “closer to the original”. Again she’s not. She’s playing as some have said to me in private emails and as that poster to IMDB said, more of Princess Cassie Winslow from Guiding Light. She’s not playing Caroline Leigh “Carly” Benson Corinthos. She’s playing a transplanted Cassie. That’s all. When you look at Tamara’s three other soap characters of Ava Vitali (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Taylor Walker (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Reese Williams (ALL MY CHILDREN) not to mention Kim Nero, none of these other characters Tamara has played is anything like the other. Carly is not like Ava, is not like Taylor, is not like Reese is not like Kim. This shows how well Tamara is able to craft her characters into individual beings, not carbon copies of another one she’s played. We could see in 2014 with the “Carlypalooza” episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL aired on the 51st anniversary of GENERAL HOSPITAL on April 1st, we saw Tamara work her magic. Bring Carly back to her evolved self. That alone told us that Laura Wright is all wrong for playing Carly. One thing I know about running this website since 2006 is the proclivity of my visitors in terms of the gallery views. Most of the time they’re viewing the most recent uploads, however, most of the current views have been in the section dedicated to Tamara’s time as Carly for the years 2001 and 2002, the years I have up in the gallery. (I’m still working on editing 2003-2005). But people are interested in her time as Carly. I’m not getting as many hits on the Kim Nero section of gallery as I am on the Carly Corinthos section. That says something. I’m going to let you interpret that in whatever way you will dear reader. But to me it’s clear.

So what would my short-term fixes be? Fire Laura Wright. Get rid of her or find another character for her to play. It’s been done before via the One Life to Live three. Reinstate Tamara as Carly. Perhaps have Carly suddenly a doctor. This show has done weirder things. That would give Tamara that meat she loves to play and fulfill for her what she wanted for Carly way back in 2005 when she made her decision to leave due to the lack of wanting Carly to have a career. Heck it’s been done before. Do a do-over of the Mayoral race and have Laura win. Allow her to become what Laura was always meant to become, a champion of Port Charles. That’s who she was back in the 70s and 80s. Make that happen for her and for her fans. Get rid of the flotsam in Valentin, Nina, Ava. Those characters wouldn’t be missed. Pervy Franco, get rid of him. No one likes him either. Make Roger Howarth Todd Manning again. With the settlement of the Prospect Park suit in ABC’s favour, they now are able to use the ALL MY CHILDREN and One Life to Live characters. Do it! Perhaps the pairing of Howarth and Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth wouldn’t be as skeevy considering “Franco’s” past. Todd Manning though flawed, became a better man after what he did to Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell). But those are just some of my short-term solutions to correct those mistakes Frank Valentini has made with this show. If there are others please post them in the comments section. If you like this post and by and large agree with it, share it on your social media accounts. Tag Valentini, ABC and GENERAL HOSPITAL if you like. We have to become proactive to correct the very bad decisions that have been made. And bringing back Tamara Braun as someone else other than Carly, and firing Genie Francis is bad logic.



A new batch of scans for the gallery and press section. In the one article Finding Nero, Tamara talks about coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL and of her work on other soaps DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Ava/Taylor, and on her historic role of Reese Williams and the first same-sex marriage on ALL MY CHILDREN. I’ve made my feelings known about Tamara’s return to GH in this post: Tamara – General Hospital 01/15/2018 Media & Commentary, so I’m not going to reiterate that here. I know, you’re saying, “Thank god!” All text versions of the articles can be found in the press section linked below the cut.



I’ve been busy adding the most recent articles to the Press Section. To see those please feel free to click on the link below to go to the press section and check the header for the most recent additions.



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



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