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December 7, 2018 at 5:44 pm #1202693780
It’s still weird to me not having Alan Arkin as Grace’s father. Robert Klein is fine and all, but it’s not quite the same.
I agree that is weird, but for me what has been more weird/off-putting is having Mary McCormack as Grace’s sister instead of Geena Davis. I really don’t know why they couldn’t just ask Geena Davis to reprise the role. Mary is a completely different type of actress.December 7, 2018 at 5:40 pm #1202693773
Blythe Danner was the easy highlight of this episode. Her scenes with Megan Mullally were excellent. I doubt that she’ll be nominated for this guest role again, but I’d be fine with her getting back in there. Not as interested in Grace meeting Katie in the cutesy way that she did, or Jack arguing with his boss over who’s more oppressed. I guess it was a funny running joke though of how no one could see the elderly woman lol.
Now, I thought that Jack and his boss arguing over the most oppressed group was a highlight of the episode; and the punchline with the white guy saying he’s the most oppressed and them slamming the door in his face was hilarious. It was imho actually a rather brilliantly written scene; the kind of stuff W&G was always known for.
I would totally give W&G a nomination for writing, because they have been on-fire this season.December 7, 2018 at 5:36 pm #1202693768
Excellent episode all around, I just wish they had made better use of Minnie Driver. Lorraine is too funny a character to only pop in for brief scenes from time to time. Matt Boomer was terrific and knowing that he’s going to be around for a few more episodes is a good thing.
That said, I really missed David Schwimmer this episode. He’s terrific as Noah. Also, I’d like to see more episodes with the four main characters all in the same storyline/scene.December 6, 2018 at 5:28 pm #1202691955
Well, I think Betty White is a fantastic choice and it is long overdue to have a Life Achievement award for TV!December 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm #1202691943
I voted for OLTL mostly because it just means the most to me of all the cancelled soaps; with AMC being a very close second.
Port Charles had so much potential and it seems was just a few years too early to cash in on the vampire/Twilight craze. So ahead of it’s time.December 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm #1202690359
I’ll share some of my memories:
—Soap opera watching was a massive generational thing for me. It started with my maternal grandmother (and her sisters) who were BIG soap fans. She was hugely devoted to “Days of Our Lives”, it was “her story” and you simply could not speak to her between 1pm and 2pm when it was on. This is the only soap I ever recall seeing her watch; but my mother tells me she also watched “ATWT” and “Another World” in the 1960’s. My mother got her love of soaps from my grandmother and by the time I came around she was solely an ABC girl; and was IN LOVE with “Ryan’s Hope”; that was her favorite show but I don’t really recall ever seeing it when it was on ABC. Due to my mother watching ABC I inherited a love of those shows; and don’t really recall a time in my youth when they weren’t on.
For me personally the summers of 1991, 1992 and 1993 were when I really started getting into soaps on my own. The first soap story I remember really watching was on “All My Children” and it was when Natalie was stuck in the well and Janet was taking over her life. I remember being totally enthralled in Kate Collins work. I believe this is why I started watching “AMC” intently; but it was Erica Kane that got me to keep watching. My fate was sealed pretty much the moment I saw Erica on-screen; she was just so totally glamarous and something about Susan Lucci totally captivated me.
“GH” was the soap I picked up watching next; and kept up with the most intently mostly because it was on after school and was the only ABC soap I could watch all the way through w/out missing any of it. The first story I recall watching was when Felicia was being held captive by Ryan Chamberlain; and I also recall some sort of murder mystery about a lawyer named Jessica (who I believe Ryan killed). I remember being totally obsessed with Felicia and finding Kristina Wagner to be absolutely gorgeous. I remember also thinking Jackie Zeman was a goddess.
I think I picked up “OLTL” last for some reason, but I remember really being obsessed with Marty Saybrooke “spring fling” storyline. Everything about that story was so well done and Susan Haskell was the perfect heroine for the show. I’ll never forget when Nora turned on her clients in court and begged the jury to convict her clients causing a mistrial. Hillary Smith’s work was amazing. I was also obsessed with Luna at the time, and wish Susan Batten had gone onto a bigger career. Even though “OLTL” was the soap I picked up last it became the one that I was most loyal too and felt the deepest connection to. The characters felt like family to me and had this spiritual thing for me. Over the years my favorite characters were Viki, Dorian, Marty, Blair, Gabrielle, Nora, Christian, Jessica, Tea, Todd (under Trevor St. John), Roxy and crazy Allison Perkins.
I occasionally watched “Loving” and “The City” as well and enjoyed portions of “Port Charles” but never got into that one as deeply as I did the other soaps. I was totally devastated when ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL.
Over the years I would sporadically tune into some of the CBS and NBC soaps; with “Sunset Beach” being a fun diversion and “GL”, “ATWT” and “B&B” being one’s i’d check out on a semi-regular basis; in particular between 2000 and 2004. Some memories I have of those shows are the Clone Reva storyline; Hart Jessup being shot, Cady McClain’s first stint as Rosanna Cabot, Jennifer Finnegan’s reign as Bridget and Deacon Sharpe’s introduction to B&B. I tried but could never really get into “DOOL” or “Y&R”, they always just seemed a bit too stiff to me and seemed to feature characters that just didn’t seem particularly relatable to me.
Soaps were my safe haven for the longest time; the place I could go to escape and were my biggest passion for many years. They got me through college as I studied broadcasting and wrote numerous essays on soap operas and it’s cultural impact on broadcasting. My proudest moments were my biographical essay on Irna Phillips for my Intro to Broadcasting class; and my Erica Kane psychoanalysis for my Philosophy of Popular Culture class both of which I got A’s on.
A funny memory I have is that for one class I was supposed do a 5-minute oral presentation for one class and chose to talk about the soap opera genre and ended up giving a nearly one-hour presentation. I should have failed due to the time limit but ended up getting an A for all the effort I put into it.December 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm #1202689513
Yes it is true Melody Thomas Scott was nominated only one time, and had the unfortunate timing of being nominated in 1999 when Susan Lucci won. She was nominated against Elizabeth Hubbard, Kim Zimmer, Jeanne Cooper and Susan Lucci.
I also miss OLTL; it’s cancellation was truly undeserved. Especially considering the fact that when it was axed it was out-rating “GH” and was ABC’s highest rated soap in demos. It was the most popular soap on ABC when it was cancelled.
As for All My Children; I never liked Dixie and was always pissed at her for stealing Tad from Brooke. Also on an unrelated note; anytime I watch Kelli Giddish on “Law & Order: SVU” part of me screams “that is Di Henry from All My Children!”December 4, 2018 at 6:41 pm #1202689507
My vote would go to Greg Vaughan. He took over the role of Eric Brady from Jensen Ackles who was great in the role, even garnering a daytime emmy nomination. Greg vaughan has been wonderful in this role, and even took home a daytime emmy.
Good choice. Very good choice.
and Greg was also a fantastic recast on GH; certainly an improvement over Jacob Young whose work on GH was nothing special.December 4, 2018 at 6:39 pm #1202689506
Many of my top choices were already mentioned so here are some others that come to mind:
This one may be somewhat controversial but I gotta go with Tamara Braun as Carly on GH. What she did with that role was make it her own; and thought I didn’t like her at the time, I’ve come to realize she did a really fantastic job in that role.
Some others I’d also mention:
Lisa Peluso as Ava on “Loving”: She was like the third or fourth actress to play that role and has become the one that most people remember.
Jacob Young as JR Chandler on “All My Children”: A number of actors had played the role over the years; and a few were even of note in this role (Jonathan Bennett, Jesse McCartney) but Jacob really made this character someone worth watching and made him a villian that you sometimes even rooted for.
Trevor St. John as Todd Manning/Victor Manning on “One Life To Live”: It was a nearly herculean task to replace Roger Howarth but man TSJ did an admirable job of making this role his own. Even to the point of many being upset when Howarth returned to the role years later. TSJ delivered some of the finest performances on soap operas in the 2000’s and 2010’s.
Bree Williamson as Jessica Buchanan on “One Life To Live”: I was a huge Erin Torpey fan but I have to say Bree really ended up delivering in this role and made Jessica a mature, layered character and I’m not sure Torpey would have been able to pull off playing all those alternative personalities.
David Fumero as Christian Vega on “One Life To Live”: Certainly Fumero will never be confused as one of the great actors of our time and Christian will never be considered one of the best OLTL characters; but Fumero took over this role from a very popular actor and in time proved himself to be an actor worth his salt on OLTL and had tremendous longevity on the show.
and lastly, Cady McClain as Rosanna Cabot on “As The World Turns”: Let me as you this who even remembers Yvonne Perry as Rosanna at all?November 22, 2018 at 7:21 am #1202680260
Going to add something to this: Toni Braxton plays the mother
That is a fantastic casting idea; although I see her playing the grandmotherly role and having somebody younger play the mother role.
My first thought was Kimberly Elise but it turns out she’s almost exactly the same age as Toni Braxton.November 21, 2018 at 5:51 pm #1202680048
I figured this one was inevitable at some point. But I think what the producers are missing here is that since Northern Exposure hasn’t been on the air in decades; has rarely been in syndication or streaming there will be little to no interest from millennial viewers for this one. Heck, the last DVD release of the show was way back in 2007.
I can’t see this being a big attention getter or ratings grabber.
November 18, 2018 at 10:17 am #1202677486
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I have to say this reboot is kind of a dud. They made a few mistakes; first off by not having a B-Story or secondary story it doesn’t allow the supporting actors any chance to shine. These are the stories that used to allow Faith Ford to rack up Emmy nominations. Secondly, they haven’t mined the years of history these characters have; and by ignoring past relationships like Corky and Miles marriage it just seems like a missed oppurtunity. And lastly, the biggest problem is that they haven’t given Murphy anybody to spar with on a regular basis. One of the main appeals of the original series was Murphy having somebody to argue with; oftentimes it was Miles or sometimes she’d rag on Corky. This time around she kind of just yells into the void. It doesn’t make for good comedy.
I think the saving grace of this reboot so far is Jake McDormand who deserves to be a bigger star than he is. I also kind of wish they’d get more into detail with the backstories of where each of these characters has been since 1998.November 18, 2018 at 9:57 am #1202677481
Holy crap have you guys seen the reviews for this album? Metacritic has this album at 83% indicating “universal acclaim” and each review I read is glowing, if not raving. They are saying this is her best album in years, her freshet in decades and the album that she should have been making all along!