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December 11, 2018 at 8:08 am #1202697714
Immunities have been really unpredictable this season, I guess partly because of the kinds of challenges they’re doing and partly because they quickly got rid of the strongest physical players.December 11, 2018 at 8:04 am #1202697709
Yeah, I see Leslie Charleson, Jackie Zeman, Kristina Wagner, and Lynn Herring as actors who play supporting characters who just don’t have a storyline. (Obrecht comes and goes a little more, so Kathleen Gati doesn’t seem quite as in the same boat.) Same for people like Judi Evans, Wally Kurth, Bill Hayes, and Susan Seaforth Hayes (who by the way was nominated last year despite very limited appearances) on DAYS.
A friend of mine asked if Judi Evans could submit in the guest category if she submitted only for playing Bonnie and didn’t mention Adrienne, which was kind of an hilarious thought. I don’t think it works that way, but it’s funny to think about.December 10, 2018 at 10:21 am #1202696741
Nick seems like the likeliest winner to me right now, too. I agree, even though trying to take out Christian has gotten so many people voted out, they would be fools to take him to the end. There are a bunch of players that people just don’t seem to care about right now (Kara, Mike, Angelina), and then Alison and Christian, the two people have been trying to vote out for weeks now. Christian’s number is probably up this week, possibly followed by Alison? I can’t imagine either Alison or Kara getting to the end. They just haven’t been given enough personality to seem to matter enough.December 10, 2018 at 10:14 am #1202696728
I don’t think the guidelines are defined all that well. Actors who think they fit the bill will get their show’s stamp of approval and then submit for consideration, and the Emmy folks will either allow it or tell them they have to compete in supporting, I suppose. I think at this point the category will look much more similar to our guest/limited performer category. No actor would be allowed to compete in more than one category for the same role, so Nicholas Bechtel, for example, would have to be either guest or younger. It actually seemed like the Emmys wanted to funnel anyone they could into younger, and reserve guests for performers who would otherwise have to compete in supporting.
It is my feeling that any character who was once a prominent character and still lives in the town where the show is set, played by an actor who is on recurring with the possibility of showing up in literally any episode, should not be eligible as a guest, but that’s just me.December 10, 2018 at 10:03 am #1202696715
Even though I’ve gotten a little frustrated with a few of the characters, I’m still loving the show, even though I do think there are a few things that aren’t making too much sense.
I get the feeling there are a good number of fans who don’t really want Will and Sonny back together, myself included, so it’s good that they’re going through some stuff before having a reunion. I’m not sure why Leo’s plot doesn’t make sense to some? Blackmailing a rich person into marrying you is a fairly classic soap opera move. Leo’s been after money all along, and he came up with a means of getting access to a whole lot of it, plus the prestige of being part of the respected family. I’m actually looking forward to that wedding.
The Ben/Ted could have been more exciting, and I was surprised it all went down as quickly as it did. It’s also disappointing that Hope continues not to have any nuance whatsoever in her opinion of Ben. She very clearly conspired with his lawyer to try to entrap him, and he’s not even trying to cause trouble for her. If she could just focus her attention on trying to discourage Ciara from dating him (which feels reasonable) and stop trying to put him in jail for a crime she has no logical reason to believe he committed, I could be a lot more understanding.
It was good to see Brady calling Eric out on his constant judgment and blaming where Nicole is concerned. I love Eric, and I get he’s upset over Nicole’s supposed death, but acting like it’s all Brady’s fault, when Brady actually saved him from that explosion, is just very annoying. Nicole made so many bad choices, and Eric wants to blame Brady for all of them. I’m also glad Maggie is standing firm for the moment on not having Holly live with Eric. For starters, Nicole saying to Eric, the only person who was present at the time she was about to perish in that fiery warehouse, to look after Holly really doesn’t carry much weight with me. Eric is a random person who really barely knew Holly before that happened, and Sarah pushing the idea that Eric now has some right to raise Holly, for his sake to help him get over Nicole, seems preposterous. It would make more sense for Brady to raise her even.
JJ’s supposed to get a new love interest before the end of the year, so hopefully that’ll give him some more story, in addition to Jack’s return.
Gabi’s driving me up a wall with her antics, but there’s a list of people on the show who have done worse things than she has and continue to be just fine, including her unwilling co-conspirator Kate. The story feels really exciting right now to me, and I can’t wait to pick up on that scene with Abigail running into Gabi at the mansion.December 7, 2018 at 9:30 am #1202693198
Congrats to both shows!December 6, 2018 at 9:02 am #1202691391
Sad that Gabby got the boot, but she really took it well. The jury now has three people who were voted out specifically because they tried to get rid of Christian, which makes him look pretty good.
I find this group of survivors really likable. Of all the people still in the game and on the jury, the only one I really didn’t care for was Carl.December 6, 2018 at 8:59 am #1202691386
I’m still questioning Chandler Massey as the fourth lead actor for DAYS. I think right now I’m favoring Galen Gering for the spot, but Chandler also seems on par with Greg Vaughan and Freddie Smith in terms of placement. What do others think?December 6, 2018 at 8:51 am #1202691379
I’m happy I was able to see the episode on demand, though that meant watching all the commercials, which I usually don’t. It was nice seeing Marlena, John, Brady and Chloe, all of whom have been off screen for a while. I also loved Ben and Ciara’s date, and of course Hope was losing her mind when she found out about it. I saw on Twitter that yesterday was something like the 35th anniversary of Hope asking Bo on their first date, and how Julie, Doug and Tom all showed up to tell Bo to stay away from Hope. Ah, tradition. I’m really excited for this meeting between Ben and Ted, so I was disappointed that they had to postpone it. I blame Julie for not telling Ben have a table at Doug’s Place.
Julie suggesting to Rafe that maybe Hope was cheating on him as payback was kind of funny. It’s so not the kind of thing Hope would do.
Tripp hairstyle does look great, and his facial scruff looks better as well.December 6, 2018 at 8:36 am #1202691360
Tough choice! I (also) chose Passions, not because it was the greatest, by any stretch, but it had a ton of potential to be fun and spoofy and ridiculous, and I loved that. I don’t know that I’ll ever forget that prom on the boat that lasted two months, or how Whitney went from not showing to giving birth in the span of a single soap day (which was of course months in real life). Plus, going for something different with Passions was easier than deciding between Another World and One Life to Live.December 5, 2018 at 10:23 am #1202689998
I have to say that the behavior of some of the characters is starting to drive me a little crazy, but that’s generally par for the course with any soap. Yesterday, I was kind of yelling at the TV when Sonny was going on and on railing against Kate. Obviously, what Kate did to Sonny was terrible, but his response has no nuance to it whatsoever. Sonny is no longer taking any responsibility for the poor decisions he made regarding Leo — where having sex with Leo in the desk in his office, even after Leo verbally said he was going to resign as his assistant, was very clearly a bad idea. Kate has been remorseful about and trying to make up for that since before Leo disappeared. Also, I don’t think Sonny (unlike Will) showed Kate even a morsel of gratitude for dealing with the Ted blackmail situation, which he’s now blaming on her but again was the result of him thinking he killed Leo and refusing to call the authorities about it rather than try to cover it up. These were choices he made. I also can’t help but have some feeling for the fact that Kate has always had to look out for herself, and while taking over Vivian’s scheme was absolutely the wrong thing to do, it was motivated by an instinct for self-preservation. Sonny, meanwhile, is whining that his life was ruined, but how ruined is it? He hasn’t worked since being ousted as CEO of Titan, but he’s still rich and living in a mansion with his daughter, able to fly off to whatever international destination he’d like at a moment’s notice, with a zillion options for what he could be doing. At this point, I kind of want him to have to marry Leo. Kate offered to help, and rather than being smart and saying, “Okay Kate, you can make this up to me by helping us make this Leo thing go away,” he got on his high horse and threw her out. He’s dragged poor Will into this really thorny situation, is handling it very poorly, and just wants to blame Kate and Chad without giving any blame to himself or even to Vivian, who started this whole thing. There’s my rant for the week.
But man, I can’t wait to see what happens when Bed and Ted (eventually) have their face-to-face meeting. Ben working for Stefan and trying to get Ted brings like three different stories to a crossroads, which I love. I also love that Hope’s single-minded determination to get Ben back in jail is causing friction between her and Rafe. Maybe Rafe will get on his high horse and want to take a break or something.
As far as Abigail goes, I think it helped me to know so far in advance that they’d be swapping out Marci Miller for Kate Mansi. Even though Kate’s way from playing the character and her look are quite different than Marci’s, I was expecting it, and so it didn’t really feel so jarring. But it’s a pretty huge contrast. I think the show did a good job with Kate in yesterday’s episode in having her appear to Stefan as Gabby. And Kate played it with enough difference from the way she played Abigail pretending to be Gabby the day before that it worked for me.December 5, 2018 at 10:00 am #1202689980
I went to check out Maura West’s performances, and started the other day with the episode where Griffin comes to tell Ava that Kiki has been murdered. Then last night I watched the next three/most recent three episodes on Hulu. Firstly, I have to say, watching the show on Hulu is incredibly easy, which is how I ended up watching three episodes when I’d only meant to watch one. Without commercials or the need to fast-forward them, the show is barely any longer than an episode of any streaming half-hour comedy (36 minutes or so).
As for the show itself, I am enjoying the story surrounding the murder, and find the way it’s being written interesting. Probably because of hearing about it beforehand and what my expectations were, I was surprised that there wasn’t really an episode where it felt like Ava’s grief was the main focus and Maura’s force was on full display. From a storytelling perspective, I like the approach, though I think I’d also enjoy it if Ava had more scenes that ruminate a bit more on Ava’s grief in the situation, something a little more pensive than what we’ve seen so far (like, more time to grieve without being questioned by the cops or going to try to shoot Griffin or playing into Ryan’s making the audience think he’s going to confess to the murder). Maybe that’s just my expectation with soap grief story beats, and I should be more interested in seeing those expectations challenged and subverted. Maura and Jon Lindstrom have been excellent, though.
The other stuff, at this point, I’m only caring about to varying degrees. I would be happy not to see anything dealing with Sonny, Carly, Margaux, Jason, Sam, etc. And I have little investment in the Oscar story, Julian’s relationship with Kim, or Maxie’s relationship with Peter. I’m slightly appalled that they had Michael find out about Kiki’s murder over the phone and Chad Duell hasn’t even been on screen to show any grief. On the other hand, it’s great seeing Britt and Obrecht, and I liked the more fun stuff involving them, Anna, Finn and Epiphany. Also, I think I’m in love with Detective Chase.December 5, 2018 at 9:33 am #1202689955
It is so weird to think of three actors who seem as different as Greg Vaughan, Jacob Young and Jonathan Jackson all playing the same role.
Greg Vaughan is a great Eric Brady, but he came into the role so long after Jensen Ackles had been not only gone from DAYS but deeply established as Dean Winchester on Supernatural that it doesn’t feel like a fair comparison with others who stepped in a role that was recently vacated. But Vaughan’s first year as Eric was incredible.
And I’d say that JR Chandler is easily Jacob Young’s signature role.December 5, 2018 at 9:27 am #1202689949
My family was an NBC soap family, and my grandmother would watch all of those. She watched us kids all the time when we were too young for school, after school, and when there was no school, so we’d be watching whatever NBC soaps were on: Days of our Lives, Another World, Santa Barbara, Generations, though I don’t think we ever got into that one so much. Occasionally, some of my cousins would be over and would want to watch General Hospital, and we’d split time between GH and some cartoon, but I didn’t pay any attention to GH. My earliest soap memory (and at this point I’m sure it’s been supplemented with having seen clips since then, since I was probably three or so at the time) is Bo kidnapping Hope from her wedding to Larry Welch, which stands out as cooler than anything I ever saw on any cartoon or action show, so I was totally hooked on the show and on them. (What a pale, pale comparison Hope and Rafe are now.) Another World and Santa Barbara always took a back seat to DAYS for me, but I liked them, too. My strongest memory of Santa Barbara now is that it’s where I first saw Eileen Davidson, as a late-stage Kelly Capwell shortly before she’d some to DAYS as sweet snowflake Kristen Blake.
I watched both Sunset Beach and Passions from their beginnings. I liked both shows, and I thought Sunset Beach was going to be the next big thing. It’s amazing that NBC was still making new soaps in the late 90s when they’d be down to only two by the very early 2000s and have only had one for a decade now.
When I started watching other networks, I was drawn to Y&R and B&B. I knew Y&R was the highest rated of the soaps and so assumed that it was really good. While some of it clicked with me, I found it too serious for my taste (this is from a teenager who was deep in the throes of Jim Reilly’s most effective version of DAYS), but I loved B&B with it’s glitz and glamour. I especially loved Taylor and Lauren. Tracey Bregman and Eileen Davidson were probably the biggest reasons I really gave Y&R a serious shot later. I also always remembered seeing a cover of Soap Opera Weekly from the mid-90s that had Shemar Moore, Scott Reeves, and Joshua Morrow looking hunky and not wearing shirts, and thinking maybe this should be a show for me.
Anywho, it’s fun thinking back on our soap watching histories.