October is almost over, and we are in the final quarter of the year. I thought this would be a good time to update since my last reflection over the summer.
The Young and the Restless
Sally Sussman has done a great job restoring character-driven drama to Genoa City and revitalizing characters such as Cane and Victoria. However, the show’s pace is a bit slow for today’s standards and they still need to develop the younger set. If the show were 30 minutes, it would probably be more enjoyable, but at 60 it feels long. Mal Young’s material will start airing soon. I have not heard any intel, so it will be interesting to see how the change in headwriters impacts the show.
The Bold and the Beautiful
While still generally entertaining, the storylines this year are not as strong as they were in recent years. The show was so much fun last year, and that has been somewhat lost. The show moves at a relatively quick pace, which is good news when we don’t like a particular storyline. Given the speed with which it moves, the show may be in an entirely different place by the end of the year.
Admittedly, I no longer watch GH. I do read the updates, and they have not enticed me to resume viewership. I catch an episode every now and then. Suffice is to say that GH is not my cup of tea.
Days of our Lives
Now that Ron Carlivati’s stories have been airing for three months, I think it is safe to say that he is a great fit for Days. He has revitalized the show and entertained audiences with a great mix of humor, romance, and suspense. Most notably, he has provided strong material for many of the show’s actors, such as Deidre Hall, Judi Evans, Bryan Datillo, and countless others. Additionally, he has brought on numerous high-profile names including Ali Sweeney and Chandler Massey. Over the coming months, we are looking forward to more exciting returns. Ron and his team have brought the fun back to daytime.
#1: Days of our Lives
#2 The Young and the Restless
#3 The Bold and the Beautiful
#4 General Hospital
I generally agree with all of this. A couple of months ago, I got so far behind on B&B that I stopped feeling it was worthwhile to catch up, but I do miss it. I’ve also enjoyed what Y&R I’ve seen this year very much, but again, it’s just a matter of not finding the time to watch regularly. I’m certainly enjoying DAYS more than I have in a few years now, and really looking forward to the coming months.
My rankings are the exact same as robbalto’s.
I finally have given up on GH, which is painful as there are only 4 shows left. I particularly hate how they have made Alexis a complete and total love addict towards her abusive ex-husband Julian, continue to whitewash Sonny, the borg – Jason “Morgan” is back, which indicates a willingness to go back to being ‘The Sonny and Jason show’ yet again (ugh!)… the only story I like is Ava’s romance with Griffin, but ti’s not enough to have to put up with so many thoroughly unlikeable characters foisted on us. #4.
I loved B&B last year but the show is once again too incestuous for me, I am so tired of Liam and Katie and Ridge and… oh brother! I am not caring about any of the current stories (sigh). #3
I mostly enjoy Y&R but with reservations. Loving Dina/Ashley’s story, Mariah, yet the endlessly annoying Victor Newman is still too much of the focus of the show. Pacing is slow. #2
Days has teh best cast, the best writing, the best stories, and although I don’t like Theo and Claire or Steve, I otherwise really enjoy the show. #1