The amazing Crystal Chappell stunned the soap world late yesterday with the announcement she is returning to the soap role that made her famous on Days of our Lives! How exciting is this…she is returning as Dr. Carly Manning AKA Katrina Von Leushner! The stunning and hottest soap news in years was released in a brand new interview with TV Guide Magazine. In it, the Daytime Emmy Award winner, who is currently part of daytime’s favorite romance, the Otalia pairing on the cancelled Guiding Light, talks about her decision to land at DAYS starting in September with her first air dates to be in October. This news means that it’s the end of the line and run for Otalia on Guiding Light, especially since the show is ending its CBS run in September, and Crystal’s decision obviously squelches any thoughts to bringing the couple to another online or television platform. Here are a few excerpts from the astounding interview with La Chappell!
This is hot, head-exploding news — it’s shocking and crazy and terrific! Who imagined this would be your next career move!
“Not me! I sure didn’t expect this at all but it’s very exciting. I was in L.A. a couple of weeks ago and had some meetings set up to discuss the future. [Days exec producer] Gary Tomlin called and asked if I’d be interested in coming back. We had lunch and, a week or so later, we had a deal. My kids have been asking me for a year, “When are we gonna move back to California?” So they’re very excited. It’s the show where their mommy and daddy met.” [Chappell is married to Michael Sabatino, who played Carly’s husband, Lawrence Alamain.]
If there’s no future for GL — and at this point it doesn’t look good — the Otalia fans are going to have mixed feelings about this. Sure, they’ll be able to follow you to Days but I think a lot of them were hoping — hell, so was I — that you two might move over to As The World Turns. Your story brought a lot of new, non-soap viewers to GL, and there’s big value there. Hell, there oughta be a GL spinoff based around Otalia and really give the people what they want — it could be called The G-L Word. Admit it, it’s not a bad idea.
“It’s not a bad idea at all. I would gladly have done it. It was definitely something we were rallying for. I mentioned it to all the right people. But it was somebody else’s decision. It’s out of my hands. Otalia has certainly had too short of a life. I so love this storyline. In fact, I’m creating a Web series that has a similar energy to it — different from Otalia but similar. I believe there’s another kind of story to be told in this arena. People are ready and OK — well, for the most part — with watching a woman be who she is, and fall in love with another woman. I’ve gotten so much response from fans all over the world who are grateful that GL has told this story, because they haven’t seen it before with two women. Two men maybe, but not two women. I think we showed that there’s a real niche, a real market for this sort of thing. Clearly, the time has come.”
On-Air On-Soaps, will have more reactions on this tomorrow and in the coming days! Welcome back to LA Crystal and to Salem!