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    Hey everyone. I was on a long plane ride and started thinking about my approximately 24 years watching soaps and just felt like sharing some thoughts:

    – I’m so sad about Peggy McCay’s death (Caroline, DOOL). I can’t believe that all the soap matriarchs who felt like grandmothers to me have passed away (Alice, DOOL; Nancy, ATWT; Lila, GH; Katherine, Y&R). I guess the closest we have now is Suzanne Roger’s Maggie on DOOL. I can’t believe GH ‘disappeared’ Rachel Ames’s Audrey Hardy. 🙁

    – I miss the old Newman Ranch set and the Gina’s set on Y&R. And I miss Gina. I remember many years ago there was a hint of romance between Gina and John Abbott. It doesn’t stop angering me that Lynn Marie Latham killed off John Abbott. What a stupid move!

    – I have such strange feelings about General Hospital. I love so many members of the cast and I have such strong memories of many years ago, but I despise the character of Sonny Corinthos. As long as so much of the show revolves around him, I can’t stand it.

    – I remember how much I loved Phillip and Harley on Guiding Light in the mid-90s. I hate the way they later ruined the character of Phillip.

    – I can’t believe Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) has never won a Lead Actress Emmy. Even more outrageous… I think she’s only been nominated once!

    – Y&R used to be my favorite show until they had Sharon sleep with everyone (partnering her and Victor was disgusting) and when they turned Victor into a one-note a**hole. It didn’t help that Michelle Stafford and then Billy Miller left. I find much of the show unrecognizable now. The Summer-Billy thing is disgusting. I miss the Victor Newman of the late 90s and 2000s, especially when Signy Coleman’s Hope was around.

    Days of Our Lives has been my favorite show for several years because they have remained focused on core families and core characters and they respect the show’s history. Of the four remaining soaps, only Salem feels to me like a classic soap town where everyone is connected and interacts and there are friendships and relationships and not just storyline bubbles.

    – I still can’t believe they had Dixie die from poisoned pancakes on All My Children. I know she came back but still, that plot point was horrible. I think AMC was mostly unwatchable for about ten years before it got cancelled.

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    (sorry, I’m on a roll)

    – I am very likely in the minority here but I LOVED the Reva clone story on Guiding Light. Basically for three reasons: Joie Lenz (now Bethany Joy Lenz) who was perfect as Teenage Reva, Kim Zimmer and –most especially– Robert Newman, who has incredible as Josh. I remember being so riveted and moved by his performance during this storyline. I would set the VHS to tape it so I could watch the show as soon as I came back from school. I’m not ashamed at all to say that this was one my favorite storylines of that decade.

    – Of all the soap cancellations, One Life to Live was BY FAR the least deserved. The show still felt fresh and humorous and well-written and had an amazing cast. Though I did not like it’s last episode. I miss Robert S. Wood’s Bo Buchanan, Florencia Lozano’s Tea, and Robin Strasser’s Dorian most of all. I loved Strasser and Stephen Markle’s Mel Hayes, one of my all-time favorite soap couples.

    – I know “mourning” scenes and stories are supposed to be tear-jerkers, but there’s been too many back-from-the-deads now for me to really care. Except when the actor/actress has died, I can’t really feel it anymore.

    – Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia, Y&R) should have won a Supporting Actress Emmy for the storyline when Nathan cheated on her and the subsequent HIV scare. This was an amazing storyline.

    – Robert Newman’s Josh on GL and Jon Hensley’s Holden on ATWT — two vastly underrated actors who were consistently amazing without being showy.

    – Coupling that made and still makes me gag: Josh and Cassie (GL).

    – I loved Lisa Peluso’s Lila, Stephen Schnetzer’s Cass (and the two of them together!), Kim Rhodes’s Cindy and Rhonda Ross Kendrick’s Toni on Another World.

    – Amelie Heinle has definitely made Victoria her own on Y&R, but Heather Tom’s Victoria was one of my favorite soap characters ever. Whenever she was on the screen with Eric Braeden, I felt like my screen would explode.

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    Sean Phillips
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    GH didn’t “disappear” Audrey so much as the actress retired. She has popped up at random times but it was her choice to leave.

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    EmmyLoser
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    I love reading all of these thoughts, soapsarecool!

    After reading all of these the one thought ringing strongest in my head is:

    There have been many ill-advised and gross soap pairings over time (some mentioned above), but nothing was more disgusting than the Bridget/Ridge flirtation. Even though it didn’t progress very far, just the idea of this couple who, were at points father/daughter and siblings, was enough to keep me from watching the show for years.

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    Soapsarecool, I really enjoyed your post and I agree with almost everything in it!

    Let’s start with Y&R. I too miss the Newman ranch house! I agree that Melody Thomas Scott should have won an Emmy by now. And Tonya Lee Williams was great in that storyline. For me, the character of Victor Newman is played out; the writing for his character has been over-the-top for years and the writers have really lost the essence of the character. The one I miss the most is Jeanne Cooper. She was truly one of a kind. I feel that Y&R went off track around 2009 or so and I haven’t consistently enjoyed it ever since.

    I really miss GL. My favorite era for that show was the 80s and early 90s. I have to admit, the clone story wasn’t my favorite, but Robert Newman, Kim Zimmer, and Bethany Joy Lenz were great. I loved Phillip and Harley, both together and apart. I was a big fan of both Robert Newman and Jon Hensley.

    OLTL was good right up until the end. It was pretty much my favorite from 2007 to 2012. It was fun to watch.

    We have the same exact issue with GH. I think there are a lot of us that feel this way.

    I didn’t watch AW, but I remember Lisa Peluso from Search for Tomorrow. Loved her!

    I agree that Days is currently the best soap and the one that most gives me that old-time soap feeling. Despite the sometimes outrageous storytelling, they have remained the most true to their core families. The show is very focused on friendship, romance, and family. The characters on Days have more rooting value in comparison to the characters on other shows.

    Not sure I should admit this, but I started watching soaps in 1973! I remember watching “Where the Heart Is” and loving it, but then it was cancelled and replaced with Y&R. I was always fascinated by the genre, even as a child.

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    I watch The Doctors, which is now circa 1977 on RetroTV (and Douglas Marland is the current headwriter in the storylines) and I am noticing the much slower pace of soaps back then – storylines took much longer to play out. I have watched pretty much every episode from December 1967 through now they are airing January 1977; the show has had its ups and downs but mostly it has been great! Soaps had a different energy then, this particular show was unusual in that it was equally about the male and female characters. Females were Doctors and there was no big deal made about it, totally matter-of-fact. In the current story Althea is co-chief of staff (with the major villain Paul Summers). Villains would get their comeuppance eventually and were not protected the way they are now, and they definitely were not positioned as the heroes (or anti-heroes) on the show. The longest a villain has lasted was 3 1/2 years (Dr. John Morrison, a psychiatrist). One of the other things I have noticed is that characters are shown working and doing so diligently on the show. The show is much more character driven. The acting is amazing! I hope we get to see all the way to the end in 1982 – i know the show gets really bad towards the end of its run but I am along for the whole ride! (:

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