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    I thought it would be fun to have a thread in which we can share some random observations and thoughts from all soaps individually and in general.

    Here’s some…

    I wish Y&R had kept Neil and Victoria (as played by Heather Tom) together. They had great chemistry.

    It angers me to no end that General Hospital basically forgot about Audrey Hardy. Rachel Ames is still alive. Can’t Liz mention her or the hospital organize some tribute or something? She’s an icon!

    Unpopular opinion: I absolutely loved Guiding Light’s Reva Clone storyline. Robert Newman was excellent (I would have given him an Emmy for this year), as was Joy Lenz as the young Reva. And of course… the wonderful Kim Zimmer.

    I absolutely hated how Guiding Light ruined the character of Philip Spaulding. Philip and Harley circa 1996 will always be one of my favorite soap couples.

    Melody Thomas Scott is one of the finest actresses on daytime and yet only has one Emmy nomination.

    As much as I love Kristian Alfonso, I think it was a good time to give the character a break when she decided to leave. Not sure what storyline I would have given her.

    My least favorite character on all of daytime is Sonny Corinthos.

    I wasn’t too sad about All My Children being cancelled. I felt like the show had lost its footing a long time ago and I wasn’t really invested in almost any of the characters except Adam, Brooke, Erica and Jack. One Life to Live, on the other hand, its cancellation was a real shame, because the show had been on a roll under Ron Carlivati.

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    I wish most of the New York based soaps were still on the air or there would be some way to start new ones perhaps on a soaps only channel. I miss the New York soap vibe, which was very different than the West Coast soap vibe.

    I thought the AMC reboot was fantastic! I hadn’t enjoyed the later years of AMC, especially after Julia Barr was fired from the show. Some good storylines here and there but way too inconsistent. The reboot was great and it was so sad that they didn’t continue with it. I also loved the OLTL reboot but I expected to love it.

    I wish there was some way of accurately reporting how many people actually watch today’s soaps. The ratings are so incredibly low for all four shows but is that only reflective that fewer people are watching the shows on the broadcast network broadcasts? Also: how many countries in the world do each of the soaps air in around the world?

    We need a new soapnet channel. Getting to see the first seven years of Ryan’s Hope in it’s entirety and the 1987-91 episodes of Another World was such a treat! Why of why did so many shows “wipe” their episodes? It’s a tragedy!

    Alan Locher’s soap reunions have provided me with so much happiness! So many great ones but my all-time favorite was the Kathryn Hays and Don Hastings reunion with special guest Scott DeFreitas! (It was a crime that Kathryn Hays was never ever nominated for a Daytime Emmy and they really need to give her a lifetime achievement Emmy – she’s 87 or 88 years old now).

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    For the umpteenth time every time we go through this: Rachel Ames is RETIRED.  The show has elected to honor that even though I’m not clear if she’s a no if she’s able to be part of the 60th anniversary in 2023. Yes she’s still alive but she has made it very clear she is done. She is mentioned from time to time but since the kids got older it makes no sense to say that Gram is watching the kids.

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    Wow, sorry about that. I didn’t know it was the “umpteenth time” you talked about this. Her being retired doesn’t necessarily mean the show should forget about her and her character (maybe I missed it but I really haven’t heard anyone mention her in forever). I’m not saying she should come back or anything like that; of course the show needs to honor that. I just thought it would be nice to acknowledge her or something.

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    They did on the 50th anniversary episode.

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    I started watching Y&R in 1996 and Doug Davidson (Paul) quickly became my favorite actor on the show. He’s a great crier and does the emotional scenes so well. He also has great chemistry with the entire cast. I never understood why it took until 2003 for him to earn a Daytime Emmy Nomination, while Peter Bergman and Eric Braeden were both nominated from 1997-2000 (1997 Emmys were the first ones I watched). I certainly don’t want to take anything from PB or EB, I just thought Doug was a better actor.

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    GH being The Carly Show is wrong on so many levels. Maura West should never be relegated to second diva status.

    Days’ Ben and Ciara are one of daytime’s most boring couples. All they do is eat and have sex.

    B&B’s Brooke deserves a better storyline than worrying about Eric’s sex life. They have turned her into Stephanie.

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    During the pandemic, I’ve been re-watching a lot of classic Guiding Light moments and episodes. On the whole, I think the show can lay claim to being in the very top echelon of all the soaps from 1980-1994 (with a couple of hiccups in late 1982-early 1983 and 1986-mid 1987).

    I didn’t recall exactly how quickly Pam Long (then credited as Pamela Long Hammer) and Gail Kobe rebuilt the show after the train wreck it became following Douglas Marland’s departure. Long tore through wrapping up the existing stories and launching her own in a hurry. For example, the legendary prom episode (available on YouTube and just as special as I remembered) and the Nola/Quint wedding were in the same week in June 1983!

    And it’s no wonder the show went to #1 in the ratings in the summer of 1984. Simultaneously, we had the Reva/Josh/HB barnburner (including the famous fountain scene), the introduction of India von Halkein, Alexandra discovering Lujack was her son, the Lujack/Beth/Phillip triangle, and the beginnings of the cottage mystery with Tony, Annabelle, and the delightfully campy Miss Piper.

    A lot of people lamented the loss of some beloved characters during this period and the introduction of a slew of new front-burner characters. But obviously they caught on, because several of them were still part of the show when it ended 25 years later.

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    Days: The Brady/Chloe/Philip triangle is the pits and poorly written!

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    Agree on the above. I also DESPISE the character of Gwen and literally switch off whenever she’s on screen. I don’t understand the appeal of Ava either.

    Other random thoughts:

    – I loved Todd’s parrot on OLTL during Claire Labine’s stint there. In fact, I loved the Labine period as a whole, especially the introduction of Mel Hayes and Tea.

    – The whole Liam/Hope/Steffy/Wyatt mess turned me off almost completely from B&B over the last few years. I also hate how that show destroyed the character of Dr. Taylor Hayes.

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