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Paul Rauch has passed away
Topic Started: Dec 10 2012, 04:12 PM (1,201 Views)
Eric83
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Sadly, legendary daytime producer Paul Rauch has passed away. He produced ANOTHER WORLD from 1972 to 1982, then ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1983 to 1991), SANTA BARBARA (1991-1993) and GUIDING LIGHT (1996-2002). His most recent work was as executive producer for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS from 2008 to 2011.

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Matt
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Love him or hate him, the man is definitely one of the greatest people ever involved in the production of daytime drama.
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Nate
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RIP :(
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Grandpa Hughes
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WANDERING Minstrel!

I had my issues with him but there's no denying his legacy and I'm sad to hear the news.
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RIP. :frownie:
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So sad. :(
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My sympathy to his family and friends.
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My sympathy to his family, but I thought his tenure at Y&R was awful.
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My reaction to current Y&R ...

^His time at Y&R was pretty bad. I'd say his best years as an exec were at OLTL in the 80's. Nevertheless, RIP Paul Rauch!
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Very sad news.
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juniorz1
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Matt
Dec 10 2012, 04:20 PM
Love him or hate him, the man is definitely one of the greatest people ever involved in the production of daytime drama.

Come on, you had to have to known that I was going to give this post a "dislike" once I saw it. I watched the last scene of my beloved "Santa Barbara" and it was him snuffing out his cigarette, much like he snuffed out my show.

I will NEVER forgive him for allowing the Dobsons to opt out of writing 'SB' and bringing Pam Long on. Sure, I do place much of the blame for 92-93 on Pam Long and the writing, but Rauch was the one in charge and he was the one who went down with the ship. It's not like he was incapable of producing great daytime drama. My mother raved about his "Another World," and I've heard (mostly) good things about his OLTL tenure, but he was just Oh-So-WRONG for Santa Barbara, which will always be MY soap and the one closest to MY heart.

May he rest in peace, but after watching him decimate the greatest piece of Daytime Drama (and Daytime Television and most of Primetime for that matter) in record time, I in no way can come on here and say he was one of the greatest people involved in the production of daytime drama.

That's like saying Ed Wood and Russ Meyer were two of the greatest people ever involved in the production (and direction) of film. It simply isn't true.

Irna Philips. Bill Bell. Agnes Nixon. Harding Lemay. Wes Kenney. Betty Corday. Bridget & Jerry Dobson. Doug Marland.

Those are the greatest people ever involved in the production of daytime drama. Paul Rauch wasn't even in their league.

But of course he may rest in peace.
Edited by juniorz1, Dec 20 2012, 03:43 AM.
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Dec 10 2012, 05:19 PM
I had my issues with him but there's no denying his legacy.......
Yes. There's no denying that he was VERY lucky to have a writer as gifted as Harding Lemay on 'Another World.' That's his legacy- producing the work of one of the greatest writers in the history of soaps. Not exactly a tough job.

But EVERYTHING that came after (One Life To Live, SB w/Pam Long, GL w/the Claire Labine (another great writer), Millee Taggart, and Megan McTavish debacles, and Y&R with the AWFUL Maria Arena Bell) was pretty much crap, save the mixly reviewed (but critically panned) 'One Life to Live.'

Bill Bell has a daytime legacy. So do Irna Philips, Betty Corday, and Agnes Nixon.

But PAUL RAUCH?

Let's just say his production is only as strong as the writing of his shows, which he has nothing to do with except for hiring & firing all of the wrong people on every soap he worked on and contributed to the cancellation of.

But again, let me re-emphasize, may he Rest In Peace.
Edited by juniorz1, Dec 20 2012, 03:46 AM.
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Shick
Dec 11 2012, 12:27 AM
^His time at Y&R was pretty bad. I'd say his best years as an exec were at OLTL in the 80's. Nevertheless, RIP Paul Rauch!
Uh, you must have been born in the mid to late 80s or early 90s because it's widely known and agreed upon that Paul Rauch's best years were at AW in the 70s and many say he is the one who pretty much killed OLTL's legacy. Both Ellen Holly & Robin Strasser left on his watch. Hell, Strasser was already fired under Rauch on 'Another World' (as Rachel Davis, the main character) in favor of Victoria Wyndham before he came to 'OLTL' and dumped her again.

So no, his best years certainly weren't over at OLTL.
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juniorz1
Dec 20 2012, 03:23 AM
Shick
Dec 11 2012, 12:27 AM
^His time at Y&R was pretty bad. I'd say his best years as an exec were at OLTL in the 80's. Nevertheless, RIP Paul Rauch!
Uh, you must have been born in the mid to late 80s or early 90s because it's widely known and agreed upon that Paul Rauch's best years were at AW in the 70s and many say he is the one who pretty much killed OLTL's legacy. Both Ellen Holly & Robin Strasser left on his watch. Hell, Strasser was already fired under Rauch on 'Another World' (as Rachel Davis, the main character) in favor of Victoria Wyndham before he came to 'OLTL' and dumped her again.

So no, his best years certainly weren't over at OLTL.
Robin Strasser quit Another World because of her husband at the time.
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