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May 21, 2020 at 11:40 am #1203493751
Best Drama Series
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives”
“The Young and the Restless”
Steve Burton, “General Hospital”
Thorsten Kaye, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Jon Lindstrom, “General Hospital”
Thaao Penghlis, “Days of Our Lives”
Jason Thompson, “The Young and the Restless”
Finola Hughes, “General Hospital”
Katherine Kelly Lang, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Heather Tom, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Maura West, “General Hospital”
Arianne Zucker, “Days of Our Lives”
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Grossman, “The Young and the Restless”
Bryton James, “The Young and the Restless”
Wally Kurth, “Days of Our Lives’”
Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives”
James Patrick Stewart, “General Hospital”
Paul Telfer, “Days of Our Lives”
Best Supporting Actress
Tamara Braun, “General Hospital”
Rebecca Budig, “General Hospital”
Susan Seaforth Hayes, “Days of Our Lives”
Christel Khalil, “The Young and the Restless”
Annika Noelle, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Best Younger Performer
Sasha Calley, “The Young and the Restless”
Olivia Rose Keegan, “Days of Our Lives”
Katelyn MacMullen, “General Hospital”
Eden McCoy, “General Hospital”
Thia Megia, “Days of Our Lives”May 12, 2020 at 9:04 am #1203477872
I agree that yesterday’s classic episode of Y&R was excellent. The fight between Katherine and Jill was more than 20 years in the making and was so true to the show’s history. I was watching the day Katherine drove the car off the road in (I think) 1975; the recursive bitterness expressed by Jill rang so true. In addition to the excellent scenes between Jeanne Cooper and Jess Walton, the rest of the episode was strong as well and featured long-running characters such as Victor, Nikki, Nick, Sharon, and Michael. The writing was so deliberate and thoughtful. The relationships and motivations were consistent yet complex.May 6, 2020 at 8:12 am #1203466657
Looking back, that 1994 Daytime Emmy Awards included a great list of nominees! After all this time, it is difficult for me to recall whom I was rooting for, but I do remember that “One Life to Live” had a great year and that their wins for writing and acting were well-deserved. That said, I was always looking for under-recognized performers such as Scott DeFrietas, Maureen Garrett, and Peter Simon to take home the gold. And I loved Monti Sharp and Melissa Hadyn.
DS0816, I agree that OLTL should have been nominated for Outstanding Series, at the very least. However, from my perspective, the Daytime Emmys have often awarded unfairly, and that continues to be the case today. So the disparity between winning for Writing and not even getting nominated for Drama Series is not all that surprising (although I thought it was at the time).
Thank you for sharing, Freeman. This list evokes a pleasing sense of nostalgia.May 6, 2020 at 7:59 am #1203466597
I loved Y&R in the 70s and 80s, so I really enjoyed Monday’s episode of Y&R. It was so great to see an episode featuring Lori Brooks as a central character. I wish the current team would re-introduce some of the characters from the Brooks, Prentiss, and Foster families, or perhaps some of their children or grandchildren.
By the 1990s, I was not a huge Y&R fan, but it is fun revisiting the characters from that era. Y&R has done a much better job selecting encore episodes than either B&B or GH.
I especially appreciate that they aired episodes pertaining to Katherine, although the selection of episodes was not that strong. It would have been interesting to agglomerate episodes in a way that really told a story, but I suppose that would be a rather complex undertaking.
The one downside to airing vintage episodes is that it draws attention to the dismal state of Y&R in 2020. The episodes from the 90s are masterpieces when compared to recent episodes. Today, most Y&R characters have little complexity and little rooting value. They just come off as rude and entitled.
At this point, I would be content if CBS just started re-airing the show from the beginning (1973) and continued to do so for years rather than subject their audience to the drivel they have been churning out for the last year.March 10, 2020 at 9:14 am #1203376985
The show that I most enjoy right now is General Hospital. Over the years, I have often been critical of the show, so I find myself trying to figure out what I like about it these days.
For starters, I am engaged. The show holds my interest. I start watching and the time passes quickly. This is in stark contrast to The Young and the Restless, which I find painfully boring.
So this observation of mine regarding engagement begs the question, what about General Hospital makes it engaging? I think it begins with characters who have rooting value. Ok, maybe not all the characters, but enough of them. I am quite taken with the teen set: Trina, Cameron, Joss, and Dev are all enjoyable to watch. The stories over the last year or two have allowed for enormous character development. I love that all these characters are fundamentally nice people with a lot of rooting value and that the writers do not resort to the stereotypical bratty teen clichés.
Another character with rooting value is Nina. It really surprises me to say this, but the character has finally become grounded. I am enjoying the improved writing for the character and Cynthia Watros shows us on the regular why she won the Emmy back in the day.
There are plenty of other characters with rooting value. Michael, Elizabeth, Lucas, and Laura are a few that come to mind, and I’m sure that there are others.
Another aspect of GH that is working for me: the show feels nicely balanced: comedy, drama, romance, and adventure are given, more or less, equal airtime. There is also a nice balance between character-developing scenes and high-stakes action.
That’s not to say that the show is perfect. The show still has the same infrastructural problems that it has had for years.
First and foremost, the show needs to focus more on the hospital. If you look back to 1980, the heyday of Luke and Laura, the show was still grounded by a major storyline involving four doctors: Lesley, Rick, Monica, and Alan. The show needs an equivalent quad of younger doctors, preferably ones with the last name of Hardy or Quartermaine.
Secondly, the show has too many characters. Shows can only brand themselves with the consistent playing of core characters rather than a cast of thousands, many whom air only once or twice a month. It’s time to let go of some characters, though I am hesitant to make such a statement because it would probably encourage writers to let go of the characters I like and focus on the ones whom I feel have little to no rooting value.
Thirdly, the show still needs to improve in terms of diversity. One easy fix (well, partial fix) would be to revive the character of Tom Hardy and perhaps give him a family. But while the show needs to improve in terms of writing for racial and ethnic minorities, I acknowledge the conundrum that the cast is already too large.
Lastly, GH needs to do a better job with long-term planning. More than any other soap, GH has been one missed opportunity after another. Younger characters should be taking an interest in medicine so that they can eventually become the next set of doctors and other GH staff. Enough with the criminals, con artists, and the like who lack long-term viability.
Oh yeah, one other thing. The fact that Michael would even entertain using anything other than Quartermaine as a last name for himself or his son is nothing short of cringeworthy. Please just stop with the lunacy regarding the name. It’s just an embarrassment at this point.
I enjoy GH every day. It’s entertaining, as a daytime serial should be. It has a lot of room for growth, but I appreciate its evolution given its nearly unwatchable state from 2015 to 2018.January 16, 2020 at 12:08 pm #1203288000
Thanks, Freeman! It’s a great list… and probably a lot better than the upcoming Emmy noms.January 16, 2020 at 8:09 am #1203287660
EmmyLoser: “I would have preferred them to wait until April or May and really get their lead time down to something reasonable.”
I completely agree with EmmyLoser. In fact, I would take it a step further and schedule the return for August. As producer, I would start a new model where episodes were filmed just a week in advance. I would facilitate venues for fans to respond to online surveys and give plenty of feedback so that the writers could consider the data in their planning. At this point, distinguishing themselves as uniquely responsive to the fans seems like a really smart course of action.December 14, 2019 at 3:53 pm #1203236357
Y&R has become unwatchable. It is so boring. There is not one story that I am enjoying. The worst is the story of Adam, Chelsea, and Connor. In a close tie is the story of Billy’s alternative personality. I have become so disengaged. This is the worst the show has been in years.December 14, 2019 at 3:49 pm #1203236355
Days took a gamble with the Time Jump, and I think it was a good move. I am enjoying the show and the many of the stories since the fateful November 8 episode.
The only story about which I have major reservations is the Stefano/Princess Gina insanity. It reminds me a bit of the Franco/Drew story on GH. But in GH’s story, the circumstances, although stretching the bounds of reality, were more clearly defined. I’m not really sure what we are witnessing on Days. Stefano is inside Steve Johnson’s body? I’m really hoping that this is not the case. If Steve were programmed to believe he is Stefano, I would find that solution much more acceptable. I never saw the original Princess Gina story, but I do not really feel invested. Overall, these overlapping stories fall in the zone of outlandishness that I know some enjoy, but I really do not, except in small doses. I did love the Hattie/Bonnie story in 2017, because it was humorously written. But overall, I prefer more down-to-earth storytelling.
One aspect of the show that intrigues me is the fact that Will is in prison. I am eager to find out what happened and where this story will go. I love Ben and Ciara and the way their story is unfolding. I also like Justin and Kayla together. The Stefano story will undoubtedly become more interesting when he and Kayla come face to face. The scene with Kristen and Lani the other day was quite humorous. And of course I love the way that Xander has evolved, but I hate that Mickey has cancer.
Freeman: “Chandler Massey and Wally Kurth did a great job in their poignant scene on yesterday’s episode. Justin saying he regards Will as his son was quite well done.” Agreed… loved those scenes!
EmmyLoser: “Dropping Sarah like a radioactive potato as soon as he thought he could get Nicole back.” That made me laugh! Thank you, EmmyLoser!September 25, 2019 at 9:57 am #1203101791
Y&R, for me, is somewhere around the intersection of boring and implausible. Not one story has me engaged right now, and few of the characters have rooting value. The show is being written (or so it seems) with the expectation that we will somehow care about characters who are, for the most part, self-absorbed, shallow, and unkind. Days and GH have their flaws, but overall I feel like those shows have a lot more heart than Y&R.
I am struggling with Mishael Morgan’s return. Although I loved her first run, it takes a long time to develop a character to that sweet spot where they truly belong. Y&R invested five years in making Hilary first a viable and then nearly indispensable character. Now we have to start over with a new character, Amanda. Perhaps the character will eventually click… a year or two down the road.
The storyline with Adam vs. the Newmans just does not feel authentic. I could cite the numerous plot holes, but that’s not the biggest problem. The bottom line is that I am just not buying it. I had reservations about bringing back Adam, and this current treatment of the characters has only served to confirm my initial concerns. Grossman is doing a great job holding his own with all the veterans; it’s the writing that is just not working for me.
Billy’s rapid split personality and subsequent insta-cure came off as inane. Again, Thompson did a good job with his acting, but the material was weak at best.September 25, 2019 at 8:17 am #1203101662
Sean, Liz is legally right if you accept the notion that Franco is mentally unfit. However, I do not agree with that assessment.
It’s great that we disagree! That’s what makes this story so interesting.September 25, 2019 at 4:11 am #1203101328
I may be in the minority, but I am enjoying the story where Franco now has Drew’s memories. It has provided compelling, complex drama. Friends Liz and Kim are now pitted against one another. And Roger Howarth is doing a great job in that his Drew feels like a totally different person than Franco.
Another interesting aspect for me personally is that my mom and I have taken opposing stands on the story. I feel that Franco is gone, and that Liz must accept that a new person now inhabits his body. I think that Kim is the only one who understands that, and that Liz is heinous for having Franco committed and for wanting him to get a risky procedure against his will. My mother, on the other hand, sides with Liz and thinks that Kim has it all wrong.
There really is no legal precedent for this since, as far as I know, no one in real life has ever had their memories erased and replaced with someone else’s. This does, however, remind me of 23 years ago when Jason lost his memory. It was very difficult for his family to accept the new Jason, but eventually they did.
Franco’s story is part of a bigger, convoluted story that has been playing out for years. I am very frustrated with the bigger story in that it never reaches any resolution or payoff. There is one huge payoff they have yet to play: let Jason get back his Jason Quartermaine memories (and it’s fine with me if he completely forgets his life as Jason Morgan).
So overall, I want Jason to get back his Jason Q. memories, but I do not care at all if Franco gets back his Franco memories. I never liked Franco. I think he should keep the Drew memories and change his name to Drew Quartermaine. But the writers will probably let Jason keep his Morgan persona and return Franco to being Franco, because they almost always do the opposite of what this fan wants.September 24, 2019 at 4:03 am #1203099400
I feel like Days has really gone off the rails. We have not one but three criminally insane women – Kristen, Vivien, and Jordan – running wild in Salem. Additionally, we have Dr. Henry, who has suddenly undergone an inexplicable character transformation, kidnapping Jennifer.
Aside from that, Brady’s draw to Kristen is absurd. Eric is too angsty and needs to go in a different direction. The character of Jack was destroyed and now I no longer care about his reunion with Jennifer.
To be fair, the show has its moments. The other day, we had great scenes with John Aniston, Suzanne Rogers, Doug Hayes, and Susan Seaforth Hayes. No one writes for the vets as well as Days.
But looking at the overall breadth of storylines, the show is too plot-driven. For the most part, I am not engaged.August 10, 2019 at 9:16 pm #1203019100
When Mal Young was writing Y&R, my biggest complaint was the lack of veracity when writing for certain longterm characters. Unfortunately, I still have that issue with Josh Griffith’s writing. His character misses are a bit more subtle than Young’s, but he definitely focuses too much on negative behaviors and unpleasant relationships. Rooting value is absolutely critical to the success of a soap, and that appears to be lost on the current set of writers.
Since Adam’s story is dominating the show’s air time, I will start there. Mark Grossman is doing an excellent job mixing it up with many long-term veterans. I have read a good bit of criticism because the Justin Hartley years seem to have been erased, evoking the image of Bobby Ewing stepping out of the shower and telling Pam he had the strangest dream. It is very jarring stepping back in time five or six years for no apparent reason. But even more important is that the story is incredibly boring. I have railed against the idea of bringing back Adam, and this is exactly why. It’s all so unpleasant, and not in an entertaining way.
I am thrilled to have Michelle Stafford back. Her acting choices are so uniquely hers. It’s like she never left. Phyllis is a role that should never be recast.
I like Nate and Abby together. I would like to see more of them.
I hope Kevin comes back if for no other reason than i love to watch any scene with Kevin and Michael. Leblanc and Rikaart work so well together.
Michael Mealor continues to do a great job as Kyle. However, I could not care less what Kyle did in New York. Boring.
I am very puzzled by Jason Thompson’s current story. What is the point? I didn’t enjoy the story of Delia’s death, and I am not enjoying this retrogressive revisitation.
When Young left, he had finally upped the diversity quotient and brought the “young” back to the show. We seem to now be focusing mainly on older rich white folks.
Freeman, I know you want to see more of Dina, but I don’t. The Abbotts are rich and can hire others to do all the grunt work. What about people of limited means who can’t afford to hire help? I pretty much hate the Dina story at this point.
I am glad that Traci is back on the canvas. I always loved the friendship between Katherine and Nikki. I think it would be great if Traci and Mariah developed a similar friendship. Traci needs to becomes the grand dame of Y&R, and Mariah needs a bigger storyline.
I do enjoy the resurrection of the old music themes. I actually remember quite a few of them. However, I wish they would use them more often.
Overall, Y&R has turned most of their characters into a bunch of rich, spoiled, nasty brats with no rooting value. On top of that, the show is extremely boring.August 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm #1203018036
Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th, 2019
Outstanding Younger Actor: William Lipton
Summary: Cameron is kidnapped by Shiloh. In a warehouse room, he is restrained and prepped by Dr. Cabot to receive Drew’s memories. Franco intercedes and eventually convinces Shiloh and Cabot to use him instead. Cameron is horrified by the turn of events.
Analysis: This is Lipton’s best work to date. The level of emotion he demonstrated throughout these episodes was very genuine and even exceeded his work during Oscar’s final days. These episodes would make a strong reel.