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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.August 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm #1203018023
A while back, EmmyLoser used the term “outlandish” in reference to “Days” and I would like to latch onto that. There has just been too much outlandishness on “Days” and the show is out of balance.
The most outlandish storyline is the return, once again, of Kristen, disguising herself as Nicole via a mask. Although the story has Shakespearean roots, it just doesn’t fly in 2019. To further complicate matters, we have Stacy Haiduk playing Kristen instead of Eileen Davidson. I am not a fan of endlessly resurrecting criminals, and this story just feels like overkill.
To be fair, this story has had its moments, my favorite being early-on when Maggie sees Kristen. Ari Zucker has had some humorous moments and Haiduk is great as Susan Banks. But enough is enough. I’m ready to move on.
I loved the story when Hattie and Bonnie took over Marlena and Adrienne’s identities, so what is the difference? I’m not sure, but I think it really comes down to balance. Outlandish plot threads need to be counterbalanced with stories that are more reality based. The shooting of Theo and Marlena on Life Support are past examples of very dramatic, non-campy stories that were really good. We need more of a mix.
I am very sorry to hear that Lucas Adams is leaving. He is a terrific actor and has great chemistry with, well, pretty much everyone.
Jack is such a complete jerk that Jennifer should not want him back anymore. He has no rooting value. Ditto with Eve. She was such a complex character a few years ago, but now she is so one-dimensional. DePaiva still delivers, but her material pales in comparison to the days of JJ and Paige.
Love, love, love Brandon Barash and Camila Banus. Also love Victoria Konefal and Robert Scott Wilson. These two couples should definitely be front and center.
The character of Sarah is not really working for me. I think it’s because her character has not really been fleshed out. Her story has been mostly plot-driven. Or maybe it’s just because I don’t like her hair.
Eric has become the most angsty, boring character on daytime. He needs something more fun. I loved him with Jennifer.
Xander is wonderful. Glad they have found a way to keep him around. Freeman, I agree, love his scenes with Maggie.
Freeman: “One of the problems with the show is that most of the stories aren’t on often enough to make us care in so many cases.” I agree with this assessment. I have bee trying to interest my mom in watching Days, but I think she is just overwhelmed by the vast scope of storytelling. While established fans might enjoy it, this approach has little chance of attracting new viewers.May 5, 2019 at 6:26 pm #1202881336
The story about Tripp and Haley’s marriage has not been very good, and yet I have enjoyed it, much like a guilty pleasure. I think Tripp and Haley make a great couple. The writers have made Jack and Eve look like complete tools. Why would Jennifer even want Jack back? Not much subtlety in the storytelling.
The story with Lani taking care of David is a bit odd. Do you think David will turn out to actually be Lani’s son? Nothing would surprise me at this point, given all the returns from the dead.
I am enjoying Brandon Barash. His interpretation is very different from Tyler Christopher, but I actually enjoy both of them.
Ciara and Ben continue to be fire. They are the best part of the show right now.
I am interested to see where they are going with the story of Will’s tumor. Will he lose his memory?
I haven’t really enjoyed the story with Eric and Sarah and Rex. I think it was just too much, too fast.
So far, Nicole’s return just seems very repetitive in terms of storytelling.
Overall, though, still enjoying the show.
Interesting that Chad and Abigail are returning.May 5, 2019 at 6:09 pm #1202881300
Cynthia Watros is very good, so I think it was a good move… except for the fact that I have no idea why they are continuing with the character of Nina.May 5, 2019 at 5:59 pm #1202881277
I remember that moment well. I can recall sitting in my den in my old apartment. I was so happy for Susan Lucci, and I loved everything about the moment… the way Shemar Moore announced it; when Susan Lucci said hello to Oprah… the way the cheering went on and on. That was a truly historical win and is perhaps my most memorable Daytime Emmy moment.May 5, 2019 at 2:42 pm #1202881022
My Final Predictions:
Outstanding Drama Series
Days of our Lives
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
The Young & the Restless
Maura West (General Hospital)
Peter Bergman (The Young & The Restless)
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Beth Maitland (The Young & the Restless)
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Eric Martsolf (Days Of Our Lives)
Outstanding Younger Actress
Victoria Konefal (Days Of Our Lives)
Outstanding Younger Actor
Lucas Adams (Days Of Our Lives)
Outstanding Guest/Limited Performer
Kate Mansi (Days Of Our Lives)January 24, 2019 at 8:49 am #1202746822
Tyler Christopher, Days
Eric Martsolf, Days
Scott Clifton, B&B
Don Diamont, B&B
Peter Bergman, Y&R
Josh Morrow, Y&R
Jason Thompson, Y&R
Maurice Benard, GH
Roger Howarth, GH
Billy Miller, GH
Kassie DePaiva, Days
Marci Miller, Days
Katherine Kelly Lang, B&B
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, B&B
Sharon Case, Y&R
Gina Tognoni, Y&R
Nancy Lee Grahn, GH
Finola Hughes, GH
Maura West, GH
Laura Wright, GH
Chandler Massey, Days
Greg Vaughan, Days
Robert Scott Wilson, Days
Bryton James, Y&R
Thad Luckinbill, Y&R
Michael Mealor, Y&R
Jordi Vilasuso, Y&R
Chad Duell, GH
Max Gail, GH
Jon Lindstrom, GH
Camila Banus, Days
Judi Evans, Days
Marla Adams, Y&R
Camryn Grimes, Y&R
Amelia Heinle, Y&R
Beth Maitland, Y&R
Mishael Morgan, Y&R
Michelle Stafford, GH
Kirsten Storms, GH
Vernee Watson-Johnson, GHNovember 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm #1202683703
The last two episodes of GH were very good. It’s been a while since I’ve said that, but I have to give credit when it is due.
The Monday Thanksgiving episode moved seamlessly from the Quartermaine’s to Carly’s house to Jordan and Curtis’s wedding. The movement in the story of Oscar’s illness unfolded beautifully and was well-acted. Brad’s nervousness reminded us that the story of baby Wiley is still brewing. Aunt Stella’s surprise appearance at the wedding was endearing. The appearance of Ryan at Kiki’s apartment added a macabre touch to the otherwise upbeat and sentimental episodes.
Though I still think there is much work to do in restructuring GH, these episodes provided a glimmer of hope for the unfolding of future storytelling. I will probably never get all the changes that are on my wish list, but I think the show is headed in the right direction. Now I just hope the ratings improve, lest TPTB misguidedly resort to the mob-centric model of storytelling.
Characters that I am enjoying the most right now: Laura, Ryan, Ava, Griffin, Kiki, Hamilton, Anna, Monica, Oscar, Joss, Spencer, Britt, Brad, Lucas. I would like to see Kelly Thiebaud return full-time, with the caveat that Britt resumes her work as a GH doctor.
At this point, I am neutral on the pairing of Peter and Maxie. I am also neutral on the character of Chase. But then I tend to be meh on characters who are not on the staff of GH. I would like to see a continuing and steady shift toward a greater percentage of contract actors portraying GH staffers. Laura and Anna are exempt, due to their combination of longevity and awesomeness.November 23, 2018 at 11:39 am #1202680755
Finally had time to watch Tuesday’s show. Great episode! An excellent send-off for Paul, with outstanding performances by Christopher Sean, Eric Martsolf, and Drake Hogestyn.
Over the last 10 years, Days has been very fortunate is bringing on characters portrayed by actors who click in their roles. Lucas Adams, Lamon Archey, Camila Banus, Victoria Konefal, Chandler Massey, Casey Moss, Christopher Sean, Freddie Smith, and Greg Vaughan, among others I am probably forgetting, all portray integral characters and never really felt like newbies. I think this is in part because their portrayers are all strong actors, but also because they all portray legacy characters.
I’m sorry to hear that Vanessa Williams is leaving as I love her take on Valerie. She was underused on Days, but did a great job when she was on. Hopefully she will return in the future or pop up on another show.November 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm #1202678439
Freeman, I second all the citations you made today. Great performances all around!
Regarding the Supporting Actress category… I have noticed for the last few years that this category is always the most difficult for me to narrow down when I am creating lists of the top performers. There are just so many good ones! It’s so hard to narrow it down to five. I try to consider whether the actress did something unique or new this year — that helps me to narrow the field. Still, it is never easy.November 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm #1202678433
Today’s episode was very entertaining!
I loved the confrontation between Jennifer and Chad. When Chad said, “Jennifer Horton, always optimistic,” I half-expected Chad to take off a mask and reveal that it was actually Eve.
The confrontation scenes between Gabi and Abigail were fire. Great work by Camila Banus (even though I dislike the direction her character has taken; now, Julie will be actually be right the next time she bashes Gabi). Also, a great exit for Marci Miller.
The scenes with Eli, Lani, and Sheila were great, but I especially loved the scene with Sheila and Abe.
Is Claire really Hattie’s granddaughter? Just kidding, but the way that Claire continually referenced Marlena, I was waiting for her to say that her grandmother is a “world-renowned psychiatrist.”
Looking forward to the next confrontation, between Ciara and Tripp.November 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm #1202678380
So I have to say, I am enjoying the Rosales family. The addition of Mia has added some much needed spice to the show. And I’m very fond of Lola, whose character is strong yet provides a contrast to Mia. Rey and Sharon share a lot of chemistry, and I’ve liked Arturo since the character debuted.
I also like the character of Nate, but he has no real story. I suspect that he was originally brought on to mix it up with Hilary. Now that she has been gone for months, it’s time for Plan B. Nate has no chemistry with Victoria, so hopefully the writers will move in a direction that does not involve her.
Part of the reason I am enjoying the new characters is that I have no preconceived notions about their personalities, motivations, or behavior. I am a stickler for character. That is why I did not enjoy Ashley’s exit story. It was well-written and I know a lot of fans liked it, but it just did not ring true for me.
Abby is so annoying. She has moments where she is really great, but she inevitably defaults to her annoying ways. She and Arturo are ok are for now, but I would eventually like to see him with someone else.
Now we know Tessa is the blackmailer, but we still do not know what has become of JT. I’m guessing he is still alive, as it is difficult to imagine that Tessa (or someone else) dug up the body and moved it. But, hey, this is a soap, so who knows?
Camryn Grimes has been wonderful during the last week and a half. Her performances are consistently stellar. It looks like Mariah’s relationship with Tessa has come to its inevitable end, aside from wrapping up this story. I am looking forward to better days for Mariah.
In response to EmmyLoser’s note on the Days thread, the SOD podcast with Peter Bergman was great! Very interesting hearing his stories dating back to his AMC debut.November 18, 2018 at 4:39 pm #1202677660
GH has been getting better, but it still lacks that snap, crackle, and pop that makes Days so much fun. With all of its loose story threads, GH is the least coherent of the four soaps and, honestly, I find a good bit of it boring. But I won’t complain because anything is better than returning to the early 2000s Guza model of storytelling.
The one really intriguing story is the return of Ryan. Jon Lindstrom is doing an outstanding job and his scenes with Maura West are especially compelling.
It’s great having Genie Francis and Finola Hughes back on the screen. Now they just need good stories.November 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm #1202677648
Neat twist with Chad and Stefan joining forces to have Abigail committed. Chad has become a complete jerk, and I can understand if Billy Flynn is struggling to play it. I don’t see Chad and Abigail getting back together any time soon, but eventually perhaps.
I think if Christopher Sean were staying that perhaps the story would have evolved differently, but, given that he is leaving, I am satisfied with his exit story. I don’t think it will be smooth sailing for Will and Sonny, however. I sense another obstacle on the horizon.
I’m sorry to see Lucas go; I like him and, as the son of Bill Horton, he is a legacy character. Hopefully he will be back down the line.
I was under the impression that Kyle Lowder’s return is long-term, but I’m not sure where I developed that impression. Was it perhaps the SOD podcast?
Speaking of the SOD podcast, I enjoyed the recent interview with Ron Carlivati. He talked a lot about getting into soaps and his time on OLTL and GH. The end of his time at GH was just skipped over, I suppose because he is too much of a gentleman to tell tales. He ended the interview talking about Days, but did not give even a hint as to what’s coming (well he did mention Jack’s return would be complicated, but we already knew that). Nevertheless, I found it very interesting and engaging.
It looks like Tripp’s misdeeds are about to blow up in his face. Looking forward to seeing more on Tripp, Ciara, and Ben.
The Friday cliffhanger was great. Will Gabi finally come clean to Abigail?