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December 18, 2012 at 11:26 am #423409
In the new TV Guide (Dec. 24, double issue), Michael Logan has his best-of-2012 list. I won’t go into detail (due to my being short on time), but will quickly present Logan’s list.
Best Soap: General Hospital
Best Actor: Days of Our Lives‘ James Scott (EJ)
Best Actress: GH‘s Jane Elliot (Tracy)
Best Supporting Actor: The Young and the Restless‘ Doug Davidson (Paul)
Best Supporting Actress: GH‘s Robin Mattson (Heather)December 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm #423411
Thanks for posting this!
The pickings get slimmer and slimmer every year, but Logan still does a fine job over at TV Guide. Suprised there is nothing from B&B here as most believe it was the best Soap of 2012 (I do).December 20, 2012 at 7:12 am #423412
Ahhhhhh!!! Robin Mattson!!! Take notice, Emmy voters! There may just be time yet to finally honor this vet w/ her long overdue Emmy!December 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm #423413
Ahhhhhh!!! Robin Mattson!!! Take notice, Emmy voters! There may just be time yet to finally honor this vet w/ her long overdue Emmy!
if someone from general hospital has to beat dool, i’m happy if it’s robin mattson! 🙂 I loved her stint on DOOL, wish it was longer.December 21, 2012 at 8:16 am #423414
I do love Robin Mattson, but supporting actress is always such a tough category with so many deserving competitors. I’m kind of pulling for Renee Jones, now retired after a couple decades of great work on DAYS and a stellar performance in her final storyline.
Thanks for posting this, DS0816. I’ll be interested to read the commentary that goes along with these selections.December 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm #423416
With only four soaps left, you might think there’d be slim pickings when it comes to selecting the year’s top work. Oh, hell, no! If anything, the precariousness of daytime drama has almost everyone acting their butts off and one dynamic behind-the-scenes duo giving us some honest-to-goodness hope for the future. Cartini rocks!
Best Soap: General Hospital
How can you not believe in miracles? This time last year,General Hospital was considered dead as disco, a show merely waiting to be officially canceled by ABC, which had already dropped All My Children and One Life to Live in favor of cheap reality programming. Instead, suds hatchet man Brian Frons exited the network and GH was handed to OLTL‘s head writer, Ron Carlivati, and exec producer Frank Valentini, who quickly amped up the action, humor and romance and energized the cast by adding top stars from GH‘s past as well as popular refugees from Llanview. Voilà! Dreary, messy GH was suddenly a thrilling, surprise-packed, can’t-miss experience. And the ratings soared! The moral of the story? They don’t need to cancel our soap operas. They just need to make them better.
Best Actor: James Scott
Every time I watch this bodacious Brit playing EJ DiMera on Days of Our Lives, I think the same thing: Why isn’t he the biggest movie star on the planet? Or at least on Starz playing Spartacus? Scott had a dynamite year — but, then, he always does — as EJ made a ruthless run for mayor of Salem, flip-flopped disastrously between Nicole and Sami, and blackmailed gay teen Will into a skeevy master-slave relationship. How long can Days hang on to him?
Best Actress: Jane Elliot
It’s about damn time! Too long relegated to supporting others, this multisoap survivor finally achieved leading-lady status as General Hospital‘s megarich überbitch Tracy Quartermaine and left us breathless with her hilarious, ferocious, utterly brilliant work. There’s no reason we should’ve given a fig about toxic Tracy — not even when her beloved daddy, Edward, died and stiffed her in his will — but we just couldn’t help ourselves. That’s the magic of Elliot.
Best Supporting Actor: Doug Davidson
They say nice guys finish last, which may explain why this quiet powerhouse — who plays one of the few true heroes in soaps — has yet to get that much-deserved Emmy. What’s it gonna take? Now in his 34th year as The Young and the Restless‘ Paul Williams, the actor tackled his toughest story yet when his character unintentionally killed his own son and nearly went to the slammer. Davidson’s performance was so beautiful and poignant it made our souls ache.
Best Supporting Actress: Robin Mattson
Like her costar Elliot, this General Hospital great gets away with murder, only in this case literally. Mattson returned in all her high-camp madness last spring when her character, Heather Webber — whose rap sheet includes baby-napping, baby-selling and baby-switching, plus a few homicides — was somehow declared sane and released from the Ferncliff asylum. Lucky us! She’s so fab, we don’t care if she bumps off half the peeps in Port Charles.December 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm #423417
I feel ashame to say this but I forgot about Finola and Jason! Yeah, they should’ve been in place of Jane and James. Shocked that Guza loving Logan picked GH.