AMC is HOT!

A rebirth in AMC’s history?  I don’t even know where to begin.  All My Children is making a quiet, spectacular comeback seen in any soap in a while.  Most soaps are busy trashing female characters and symbolically castrating its men (BnB’s Eric and Rick, long worthless Nick;  ATWT’s Jack, OLTL’s Todd and Jared – who has never been a fave of mine to begin with; and GL’s Jeffrey O’Neill – hanging on to Reva at all costs).

AMC has given us:

  • Babe’s dramatic death coupled with David’s tragic return.  How anyone expects a man with David’s pathological self serving history would walk away from this mess is a mystery.  The writers are dead true to David’s character by having him seek revenge on the Chandlers.  I would have expect no less.  Happy hunting, pal!
  • Jesse the hero becoming the target of Frankie’s unyielding anger and hatred.  Heaven help the Jesse and Angie devotee in me, but I love Jesse’s new family!  I LOVE THEM.  I love them even feeling sorry for Angie and Frankie.  There’s a part of me that wishes the hot bastard could be split in two so that NEITHER family had to live without him.   This is exactly how a triangle should be written.  Fans should be conflicted about who to root for, conflicted to the point of easily changing alliances and walking away satisfied no matter what the ultimate choice is.  I’m sure that Angie will be Jesse’s choice in the end, but if she’s not I don’t think it will be a deal breaker if the storyline keeps moving in this vein.  We know that they’ll be reunited some day.  They always are.  Laura Koffman’s Rebecca has to be the most sympathetic ‘other woman’ in daytime history.
  • Bianca’s surprise pregnancy and upcoming nuptials, while ATWT’s is still fearful of letting Nuke cop a feel or two.  I get it, I get it.  It’s  easier for TPTB to sell the male fantasy of two women rather than the ‘big scary’ of two males being together.  Sad.  The ATWT’s writers may feel that they need more time to bring Nuke together as a ‘real’ couple, but the longer they delay it, the more the audience will expect them to delay it.   Watching Reese and Bianca?  Sweet.  It was like any other marriage proposal between two people who obviously love one another.  KUDOS to the AMC writers for showing the Zendall proposal and showing how normal BOTH proposals were.  Subtle, well done.
  • Adam’s impending legal troubles and possible blackmail at Erica Kane’s hands.  So, does Erica fall for Adam before she can have him arrested and tried for his actions?  Will she become Mrs. Adam Chandler, again?  Will she take every dime he has as a way of punishing him?  Will she give his wealth to David as a way of rubbing salt in Adam’s wound?  Oh what fresh hell has Adam’s confessions opened the door to?
  • Zendall dealing with yet another of Zach’s big lies.  The writers promise that Kendall will wake up a different person.  Dare we make the ‘Pet Cemetary’ comparison in this case?  Kendall has a propensity to feed her dark side.  Fans have no reason to assume that this time won’t be any different.  I can’t help but wonder where the writers are taking this – but I can’t wait to find out.

I haven’t cared to watch AMC in so long (the fusion gang makes me want to drink bleach folks.  I’m sorry, but the longer the ‘lust for Ryan’ scenes went on, the farther away I had to stay.  Kendall has great love and respect for him, though he only ever treated her like garbage.  Greenlee decided she needed to ‘get over’ him and couldn’t.  –really, she could have just called me, I would have told her how to get rid of any feelings she had for him… you know, if she was real, and all.  Annie’s lunatic obsession was more than any mere mortal could  bear.)

Away from the freaky fusion gang, AMC is picking up steam an heading forward.  If you’re not watching?  You should be!

Hookers, Porn Queens, and Chippies, oh my!

Dear As The World Turns writers.

You don’t know me, but I’ve been a soap fan for nearly four decades.  I was a fan during the  glory days of daytime and I’m still around for what have turned out to be the dark ages of daytime.  I keep waiting for a period of enlightenment, but I’ve quickly come to the conclusion that it just ain’t gonna happen.  Any hope I had of a daytime finally getting things right (at least in your part of the soap universe) pretty much died with the current Alison Stewart storyline.

Happy Halloween!  A group of thuggish pinheads dressed in ridiculous Halloween costumes kidnap Alison, strip her down to her bra and panties, begin playing one of the porn films she made a lifetime ago, and then threaten to force her to act out her ‘greatest hits’ from her days as a porn star.  Great.  She gets to be humiliated with standing in a room full of pervs who taunt her while her porn film plays in the background.  All of this for a college student union election?  REALLY?  You REALLY thought this storyline was worth it? Which was this storyline the ‘trick’ or the ‘treat’?

You’ve officially fallen into GH-Bobbie Spencer territory.  Whenever GH needed a way to drum up a little “excitement” for the character, someone had to remind Bobbie that she was once a hooker.  Because, you know, Bobbie might have forgotten that she was just a teenager (15?) when she was hooking for her Aunt Ruby, while her brother was the ‘bodyguard’ making sure she wasn’t beaten up by a john.  Yes, she needed the reminder and so did the audience, right?  Bobbie had to be dragged through the mud for the sake of another character getting through an occasional cheap shot.

What you’ve done to Alison falls far BELOW the Bobbie Spencer threshold.  You presented an image of a young woman who was sexually intimidated and physically harassed and threatened.  Oh that’s right, because of her involvement in a school election calls for it.  Nothing’s too extreme a response for this storyline.  Brilliant! … only not anything close to brilliant.

I haven’t been big on the ‘school election’ storyline for Nuke.  It’s felt every bit as juvenile and yawn producing as anything I’ve seen in daytime.  I’ve waited for you, dear writers, to get a clue and make Nuke a front burner couple with a steaming hot romance.   You, instead, they’re getting less nooky than the 90120 crowd and you’ve decided to add the ‘adult’ content to the school election storyline in a way that bastardizes the notion of ‘adult’ content and horrifies viewers like me.  Alison’s assault and intimidation set to the porn film soundtrack?  Not cool.

Even more?  The focus of this storyline is more clearly centered around Alison and Casey and the Nuke storyline has become secondary to it.  I’m not upset to see Alison in another major storyline, the actress in the role deserves all the airtime you can give her.  I just hate that it’s one more distraction from the Nuke storyline and it’s one more storyline that makes a mockery of Alison.

Alison has been the butt of writers’ jokes (sometimes subtle jokes) for some time now (including her wedding night when Aaron was so ‘shocked’ that Alison was so experienced in bed).  Give it up, writers, give it up.
Here’s what I propose.  Grab a calender.  Check the date.  Watch something other than the show’s dailies.  Take a look at women in the news.  Take a lookat this election cycle for the past 2 years.  Figure out where women are in society and how they live and then STOP WRITING for viewers, most especially female viewers, as if we’re time has stood still.  Even General Hospital had to give up the tendency to drag out Bobbie Spencer’s past as a hooker whenever they were short on storylines.

If I want to see women treated in demeaning and misogynistic ways, I’ll tune in to Mad Men (a more wildly entertaining show, which somehow, while set in the early 60s, still manages to show women with more power and dignity than most women in daytime in 2008).  Shame on you!

Signed,

Viewer checking out the available cable options more and more these days.

Souped Up!

It’s probably NOT a good thing when your show is the target of “The Soup”.  For the uninitiated, The Soup is an E! Channel show that mocks all the worst in television

Donna being smeared with honey, by Pam.  This is the second Donna clip in the series.  There was a clip of Donna and ‘Honeybear’ with was met with the host’s comment about Donna and some creepy old dude.  Nice going there, PTB!

Ridge and Rick’s fight

Other clips?  Taylor and her gin/vodka swilling scenes, Constantine’s intro

and others.  The B&B is a favorite target of ‘The Soup’.  So is the old adage true that even bad publicity is better than no publicity at all?

The Odd Coupling – Bold and Beautiful

Eric wants Stephanie AND Donna to live with him? PLEASE, say it ain’t so  – let’s hope it’s just an ugly rumor.  Just a reminder writers, you’ve done this to us before.  Thorne asked Macy and Karen to live with him until he could decide which woman he wanted to spend his life with – ultimately choosing Macy.
I’m glad to know that the writers won’t let pesky little things like the changing times, or advances in women’s rights, hold them back.  It’s not bad enough that Stephanie has been written as the ‘older woman’ (i.e. woman his age) that Eric goes back to when he can’t have the young chippie he wants, it’s not bad enough that there was the ‘lose weight if you want him to love you’ storyline… no… the writers compound the sin of dragging Stephanie into the depths of soap hell by having her live in the same house as her ex-husband and the woman who crawled into her bed days after she left home to clear her head.

In the immortal words of Hall and Oates, “I can’t go for that, no-o–o, no can do”!

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ABC: doing what it does best!

No one pulls a storyline out of their…. er… out of left field like ABC soaps!

All My Children – Betrayals come in threes!

I’ve never been in this situation before, so you’ll have to forgive me if this is no big deal and it’s all much ado about nothing, but is it common for a woman’s husband to donate sperm to impregnate her sister for the sake of allowing said sister and her partner to become parents?  What — the— ****?  My brother-in-law has helped me move before.  I forced him to take a gas card as compensation. That’s the ONLY exchange we’ve ever had.  It’s the ONLY exchange we’ll EVER have.  Soapgod love crazy soap characters!

I’m sure we’re supposed to think of Zach as having a HUGE heart and as being kind and loving toward Bianca.  The trouble is that his actions weren’t exactly kind and loving toward his wife.  Where, and at what point, was he going to tell Kendall?  As I understand it, the backstory is that he donated his DNA on an off screen European visit to his sister-in-law and her girlfriend, Reese, this past summer.   Neither Binks, nor Zach, thought it was important to share that bit of news?  What happens with Miranda and the new kid? Their fathers are/were brothers.  Does anyone plan to share that news with the kids?  Will Zach allow Miranda to believe that she is his father, too?  His children are double related all the way around.  New baby is the 1/2 sibling of Miranda, and a 1/2 sibling to his child with Kendall.  Kendall is Bianca’s 1/2 sibling.  Kendall is taking care of Ryan’s child Emma, and is the mother of his son, Spike (making Emma and Spike 1/2 sibs)

Clearly, I’m speaking only in terms on DNA.  Emotionally, they’re all connected and bonded as family, regardless of the DNA contributions. Maybe that answers my “what happens” question.  They’ll just all be one big happy family… but C’MON.  At least half of those kids are going to have to disappear, at some point, while new characters are brought to screen.  They won’t be able to date, otherwise.  The Lavery-Montgomery-Hart/Slater children are more than half of the child population of Pine Valley, now.  Methinks Zach will soon be wishing that the only thing he gave Bianca in Europe was a bouquet of flowers.  MEN!

Why wouldn’t Bianca and Reese find a donor in Europe?  Why not find a donor, and preferably not an in-law, from Reese’s family?  What kind of man are we to believe Zach to be, after this?  What kind of sister is Bianca?  In terms of sheer soap drama, this is DELICIOUS (oh yeah, ALL CAPS).  The question remains, who’s left standing at the end of this circle of betrayal?  Betrayed by her sister AND her husband, who had to know that she would have wanted to be in on this decision?  I don’t know what sort of woman comes back when Kendall wakes up, but I sure hope she’s the ass kicking kind, because this storyline makes it clear that there are a couple of asses in need of kicking, folks!

Speaking of betrayals, what would make Jesse believe that it was ok to marry Angie again, letting her believe he’d lived a solitary life without her, and only NOW tell her about his other “wife”and child?  Hey there writers, again, DELICIOUS, but our Jesse Hubbard was never a coward.  He would have told her right away.  Knowing that Laura Koffman is the role of “Rebecca” and that there will be fire works between the two women has me on the edge of my seat.  (Shame on you, OLTL, for not bringing LK back, yourselves!).  I’m planning to not miss a single moment of the Oct. 28th meeting.  NO!  I’m not anxious to see two women battle.  I’m hoping the fireworks sparked will include a fight about who gets first dibs joining Kendall in kicking boo-tay!  I’ve loved Jesse from the day the character aired, but he’s got it coming.  He not only left Angie and Frankie, but when he returned, he returned full of lies, deserting yet another family in the process.  Who does he think he is?  Adam Chandler?

Outside of AMC’s onscreen shenanigans, what do YOU think about the off screen news of Rebecca Budig leaving AMC?  After a much hyped return, it must be a huge blow to TPTB who heralded the return of the “REAL” Greenlee.  Since I enjoyed the recast and the depth Sabine Singh gave the character, I’m not exactly upset by the embarrassment TPTB must be feeling at this point.  I have only one request.   When Greenlee goes, have her take Annie and Ryan with her.  I would have asked that Babe, Krystal, and Kendall hit the bricks, too, but NOW?  Hell, I can’t wait for Kendall to wake up and find out what her husband and sister have done with her.  Babe is already gone and we got David back in her place (uh -YAY!), and Krystal and Erica going at it over Adam?  Ok, I’m intrigued!

General Hospital

Not for nuthin’ because I’ve already mentioned it, just briefly, but what’s the freakin’ deal with Olivia and Connie/Kate?  Did Connie-Kate ever warn Olivia that she was going to get back together with her father’s child?  Did she tell her cousin only after the accepted proposal and impending wedding?  So many levels of betrayal.    Connie-Kate betrays Olivia (who seems to not be as shaken up by it as she should have been).  Connie-Kate betrays Sonny by keeping Olivia’s secret.  Olivia betrays Sonny by keeping him from his child.  Olivia betrays her son (who won’t turn out to be Spinelli after all) by keeping his paternity from him.  Sonny betrays us all, leaving viewers to scratch their heads.  Fans  thought Sonny had only recently become lax with birth control.  It’s been a life long habit for the guy.  Who knew?

Sonny’s punishment for his inability to keep his pants zipped, and for being unable to protect the women who are foolish enough to love and trust him?  Yes, that’s right, Claudia  Zacharra… fitting.  How long before Claudia bears the man a child, too?

Fans aren’t disgusted by characters betraying one another, we look forward to it.  It only upsets us when the writers treat it as ‘no big deal’.  These people have been gazing into one another’s eyes, whispering sweet nothings (alternated by times of condemning and judging one another) — and lying all the while.  Well played, bitches, well played.  Writers? DO SOMETHING, make it count!

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They dun gone and dun it…

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Oh no she didnt!

Anyone reading this blog knows that I LOVE Chloe (like Imelda loved shoes).  The writers, however, have finally come up with the one thing that would leave me disenchanted with Katie/Chloe, and that’s her ill treatment of her mom.  It’s not like Esther has had the chance to live a fabulously romantic and wild life.  Give her numerous options, she’s chosen to stay with Kay, and care for her, and has elected to take Jill’s abuse on top of it.  To have her ungrateful daughter show up and throw an entirely new level of disrespect at her would be too much.  The mother-daughter dynamic so far is touching, even if Chloe is a bit of a snot to Esther, and it’s real. I hope the writers choose to honor it rather than use that relationship to ruin Chloe.

Besides, Lily is back and C’MON, we need SOMEONE to make Lily’s life a living hell. Ruining Esther and Kate/Chloe’s relationship to make Lily look better just won’t do.  By the way, I wish I COULD say that I was happy to see Lily back, but I’m not.  I’m more happy to see Anna and Tyra than Lily.  Get ‘er, Chloe!

Is the third time the charm?

Just how many more chances does Gloria get to be a low life before the writers finally stick it to her?  Three?  Four?  Five?  Just how low does she get to go, taking the audience with her?   She’s not even ‘fun to hate’.  I just despise the character.

The very woman who cried and whined that she knew her husband loved her and would never leave her penniless, now preys on a woman who may have dementia?  Kevin is back to endorsing and supporting his mother’s most depraved acts?  Does Gloria give a damn that Kevin has spent years leaving behind the person he once was?  She’s done far worse to Kay than Jack could ever have imagined doing to his father.  Jack truly believed he was protecting his family and his family’s legacy. He was right in ways that even he STILL  doesn’t realize.  Between Gloria’s gold digging ways, the poisoned face cream incident she hid and let Ashley take the blame for, the various criminal activities with ‘her boys’ (and I gotta’ tell you, Michael Baldwin is becoming even less attractive as a character, in my book), the bombing incident she’s running from, and now the treatment of Kay, it’s time for this character to GO!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the bad guys/girls of daytime. I often root for them to continue making mischief (when they’re fun and have redeeming qualities).    That’s just not the case, for me, when it comes to Gloria.

The writers have made it clear that you can never do enough for her.  There’s no amount of friendship you can offer her.  There’s no amount of security you can provide for her.  Nothing stops Gloria from making a complete mockery of herself, and anyone who dares to care for her.

She is an unappealing character.  She’s not a bad girl.  She’s become and unrepentant psychotic and I’ve had my fill.  I will throw a cyber party when Gloria leaves.  You’re all invited.

BAD Mommy. BAD!

I love Lexie Carver, and mostly because she has a way of descending into the most awesomely wicked bat shit crazy sort of character a writer could imagine.  She’s part saint, part sinner.  Thankfully, the sinner wins out more than the saint.  Having said that?  What kind of mother dangles her child as bait to make her father dance to her tune? Confronting Stefano and telling him that he’d lose the right to see his grandson ever again if he didn’t help her was just awful.  Stefano’s pathological need to wrest away control of his grandchildren away from his own children is beginning to make sense.

Here’s a thought, just a teeny one… keep that kid away from Stefano because Stefano is freakin’ evil!!!  The dude practically carries a pitchfork with him wherever he goes.  Surely Ms. Lexie has noticed.

The other thing she must have also noticed, and has chosen to disregard is her husband’s hatred for her father (hatred Stefano’s earned – Apparently ‘searing white hot hatred’ translates to ‘opportunity to work together as a family’ for Lexie).  Does she REALLY believe that Abe wants help from Stefano in winning this election?  He’d rather lose the election in a humiliation soul-crushing landslide than owe Stefano as much as a penny.  Why, oh why, do I have the sinking feeling that this move will backfire on Lexie?  Of course it will, she’s a Dimera!  Let’s assume that Abe wins. How long before  Stefano makes his move to extract a pound of flesh from Abe?  That’s when the fireworks begin.

Poor Theo, between his mother and his grandfather, this kid’s going to need a team of therapists on call 24 hours a day.   Can’t wait!

Oh, and Nicole Walker?  You freakin’ rock!  Thank YOU Nicole (and DAYS writers) for finally stating what the rest of us have been waiting to hear.  Seriously, if EJ mentions Sami one more time, I’m going to spit fire.  Dude, man UP.  Stop with whining and the crying and the lamenting what ‘could’ have been.  It’s funny that EJ expresses guilt over not being able to give his child with Sami a home with two parents.  Seriously, you should have a LOT more regret over what you did to your son’s mother. (and btw, I’d like to say that it’s ridiculous that no one notices that Sami is pregnant.  Then again, this is the same town full of genuises who bought into John Black passing himself off as Roman Brady.  Hells bells, Sami will be pushing that kid in a stroller before anyone gets it… and even then, there may be confusion.)

Gotta’ love daytime.  Women who found out they were pregnant just mere weeks ago are doing the ‘belly rub’ and wearing what could pass for maternity wear while most of the town is still clueless about their conditions.

The way to a girl’s heart… OLTL/ATWT/GH

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The way to this girl’s heart  is through her favorite soap character… or at least through halfway decent writing!  I was THRILLED, today, to hear Clint and Nora mention something they rarely talk about – their familial past.   It was such an organic moment and so perfect, that I watched it twice.  Given the closeness of Bo and Nora, I’ve never been able to really root for Clint and Nora,  but today I ‘got it’.  I realized what made them special.  There’s a realism with Clint and Nora that most other couples lack.

Some couples have to be heavily in love – hot and steaming just to sell themselves (nice try DAYS’ Ej and Sami – no sale).  Others have to be angry and bitterly fighting to prove their passion (yes, I’m talking about YOU GL’s Bill and Lizzie).  Clint and Nora just have to ‘be’.  When Nora asked Clint if he ever thought about why they were together, if they belong, if they were meant to be – his response floored me.  He said that since she is his ex sister-in-law, some would say they didn’t belong together at all.  I love when soaps acknowledge the ookyness that so many of us are feeling when they have siblings (or mothers-daugthers, fathers-sons) swap partners.

Yeah, I cried a little… ok, I would have under other circumstances, but you get the point.  It was such a sweet ‘us against the world’ moment that no matter what happens with Clint and Nora, I’ll always have that one perfect day with them.

Listen carefully, ATWT’s writers.  THAT’S how you write a mature romance.  This whole thing with Blondie/Jack/Janet just makes me want to pluck my eyes out with Katie’s chopsticks, I tell ya’!  In essence, Jack has reduced his ‘special’ time with Carly  to a good roll in the hay, something he can’t get over or stop wanting.  They have a ‘chemical attraction’ says the mighty Jack(ass)   I thought I was being too harsh on Jack, yesterday.  NOW?  I realize that I’ve given him TOO much credit all along. Carly loves that pinhead with her whole heart.  She wants Jack even when she can’t be with him physically.  My entire gripe about Jack  has been that when he’s in pursuit of another woman, he reduces Carly and his time with her to almost nothing.  Today, he’s outdone himself.

Oh, and who didn’t see the mugging coming a mile away?  Guilt guilt guilt…Jack will work even harder to make Janet happy — while sneaking off for ‘chemistry lessons’ with Carly. Janet doesn’t want to be Jack’s consolation prize, but dear writers, I’m starting to feel as if Janet is OUR consolation prize.  I’d rather see more of a focus on CARLY’s happiness and having her finally have a place where she feels she belongs, with someone who finally and truly loves her.  Janet?  Not so much.  I still just don’t care.

You’ve at least made up for shoving Janet at fans by giving us Henry and Vienna, Katie and Brad.  We even got to see Bob and Kim (even if it was under pretty sad circumstances).  Letting Chris Hughes go?  What are you THINKING, PTB? That dude had ‘walking fantasy’ written all over him (at least, that’s what the sash he’s wearing says when he’s in MY dreams).

Speaking of dreams,  GH left me pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.  Lainey LIVES!  She’s so rarely seen that I’m always thrilled when there are any Lainey sightings on deck.  I still mourn for the loss of Justice Ward when I see her, and wonder why the writers no only ended his short life the way they did, but then treated his relationship with Lainey as ‘no big thing’.  It was so sad to hear her say that she wasn’t really close to Justice, but that she still felt bad about his death.  OUCH!

Oh, and excuse me, but was that REALLY Maxie showing genuine sympathy towards Lulu, and willing to taking on psychopathic papa Zacchara to help Lulu out?  Not only has Kirsten Storms made Maxie HER character with her interpretation of who Maxie Jones-Scorpio is and should be, she’s given the character such a wonderfully sharp edge.  I don’t mind seeing that edge occasionally softened.  Today, I didn’t know who to feel sorrier for, Lulu or Maxie.  Maxie stopped caring about anyone other than herself long ago.  She seemed almost as lost as Lulu.

To see her give a damn about Lulu’s condition, enough to take on old man Zacchara in order to make sure that Lulu could see Johnny, gave me hope for the character. It gave me hope that the writers would continue down the path of creating a multi-layered ingenue fans would come to appreciate for years to come.  Well done, Kirsten, well done!  Oh, and Maxie’s new look, the mini-Kate Howard look, is working for her.

Katie/Connie is going to need Maxie’s adoration by the time Sonny finds out that she lied about his child and has been keeping Olivia’s secret this entire time.  Someone set up the barware, it’s time for Sonny to start smashing things!

How interesting that Katie/Connie places such a high premium on honesty… and has been able to look Sonny in the eye this entire time, knowing the secret she’s kept from him.  I can’t wait! Should we place bets on whether Carly finds out before anyone else and torments Katie/Connie and Olivia?  Are we taking bets on whether the earlier rumors are true and Spinelli is Sonny’s long lost son, after all?

The better angels of our natures…ATWT/BnB

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If you haven’t read MarkH’s blog about applauding the experiments in daytime, you should!  It’s phenomenal and it truly makes me want to see soaps in the same light that he does.  I want to love most of what I’m watching.  As I’ve said before, like so many of you, I just feel burned out.  Every time I want to trust daytime writers, they do something so shockingly bad, that even when they are doing something right, I’m still recovering from the last crappy storyline.

It’s a nasty little carryover effect.
Case in point?  I WANTED to applaud the writers for giving Luke and Noah more airtime this week than they have in quite a while, even before Noah went to Rome.  It’s just that the writers spent so much time giving them a storyline they’ve already played out so many times before that it’s losing its effectiveness.  Luke has a loving, though highly dysfunctional family.  He has great friends.  He has more money than a freakin’ bank, and he’s still fighting the good fight over small (though not insignificant) issues.

Hey, even I thought of another storyline that had them facing a little bigotry, but one that I thought would tackle stereotypes about cultural notions of ‘family’.  My thought was that Puberty would probably end up parents.  (Puberty = Parker and Liberty, non WTers). I’m grateful to the writers that they didn’t go that route, but I thought it was the direction they were headed in, initially.   Cousin Luke and Noah could become parents/guardians/whatever, of the child, but not without Janet objecting for religious and personal reasons.   Janet would learn, over time, that she had little more than stereotypes about gay families and slowly come around.

Now?  Luke and Noah are stuck in ‘older teen hell’ in daytime.  Luke is running for class President (or some such) and the big issue is getting a film series going in what should be, or has traditionally been a safe environment for him. I realize that not all academic environments are open and accepting, but I wanted more for Luke .  I wish the writers had chosen a storyline that had a significant impact on social issues.  This kid is as rich as creases. He could fund his own gay film series and end up throwing enough cash around to have the university administration kissing his toes trying to get a small portion of his fortune.  Gimme more, writers, gimme more.

What would happen if Luke suddenly started behaving like the mogul he is?  What if his Lucinda gene (yeah, yeah, no biological tie) kicked in?  How would Noah react to the ‘new’ Luke?  What would happen if another young man from a powerful family came along and tried to woo Luke away from Noah?  Noah, the kind and loving, up against an rich and devious snot how has images of merged fortunes dancing in his head?  Ruh roh!

I WANT to applaud the Bold and The Beautiful for realizing that it’s the women of the show that really make the BnB world go round.  ARGH, the problem is that the writers are going back to the Brooke-Taylor, and Brooke vs the doubled headed hell hound Stephanie-Taylor.  We’ve been down that round a million times. It’s all the show had to offer for nearly 14 years.

Why can’t Stephanie lighten up?  Why can’t she smarten up?  I’d have love for the writers to follow the storyline that was rumored to take place.  Brooke and Ridge would start their own company.  Imagine Stephanie taking over FC (as she should have LONG ago rather than leaving it to Eric and cheesy Donna).  Imagine Stephanie talking herself into believing that if she ruined Ridge and Brooke’s company, it would bring her baby boy home to her –There’s a word for that!  You might have been thinking DELUSIONAL, and you’d be right.  I, however, was thinking about the word  ‘OEDIPAL” in explaining Stephanie’s constant need to dig her claws into Ridge, dragging him back home to her.

Imagine Stephanie and Brooke ripping  one another’s companies apart, leaving almost nothing standing when they’re done, and forced to join forces against an outside enemy — Jackie M’s!  While they were hell bent on one another’s destruction, Jackie Marone was hell bent on destroying them both to become the top of the fashion heap.

Instead, the writers give us the same old, same old.

I’m going to follow MarkH’s advice and try to appreciate what the writers are doing right.  At the same time, I hope the writers will begin to appreciate those of us who’ve hung in there, continuing to support daytime with our hearts when our heads tell us to RUN!  It’s ok if they want to repeat some of the storylines of the past, but repetitive storylines are always less noticable when the writers give us something else to go along with it.

She’s baaaaaack! ATWT-OLTL-BnB- YnR

Where to start, where to start!  OH!  I know!  I have news, folks!  You may miss the old boards from the now defunct, but much beloved, Total TV Online!  There is still a companion site (message board)  for the “Sound and Fury” blog.  You can access that site by clicking HERE.

As The World Turns

Carly is BACK, the Carly that so many fans have grown to love.  Carly is a cross between one of daytime’s greatest romantic heroines, and a walking disaster.  Today, we got to see a little of both, more of the former than the latter.  I believe that Carly has been sincere in her odd couple friendship with Janet.  There’s no malice between the two women and Carly wants to see Jack happy with Janet, for his sake, and that of their children.

The trouble is that despite her best efforts to do the ‘right’ thing, she finds herself in trouble every time.  I groaned a bit when she found herself getting hot and heavy with Jack.  Other than the family they share together (and yes, I’m including Parker and JJ as ‘theirs’), nothing good has come of Jack and Carly being together.  Each of those brief periods of time when they shared love and happiness were quickly replaced with some wild attack on Carly’s character, by Jack.  A little crying, a lot of clinging, and too much verbal abuse.

Even still, watching Jack and Carly fall back into bed wasn’t as shocking as I thought it would be.  They’re much too addicted to the self-inflicted pain not to keep going back for more.  It’s Carly’s guilt that was shocking.  That she pushed Jack to be upfront and let Janet know he was in the bedroom before he could stay her was brilliant.  That’s the girl, Carly.  Don’t let Jack pull his standard hit-and-run routine.  I’ll give the guy credit, he did score points by admitting that he’s been a judgmental jerk all these years, but he lost those points FAST by trying to sleep with Carly knowing he still had feelings for Janet.

To see him working on Carly, playing on the emotion she still had for him, and to then have him run back to Janet?  What a putz! Carly is much better off without the guy.  Jack thinks of himself, first.  He always has. If only the writers would hire an actor to play a credible love interest against MW’s Carly.   Brian, perhaps? I’m just not yet ‘digging’ this guy with Lucinda.  I think I’d rather seen John Dixon back, and paired with ‘Lucy Walsh’.  I miss John and Lucinda and their passion.  I have na ulterior motive for suggesting a Carly-Brian pairing.

Maybe Carly can distract Brian so that he STOPS telling Luke to avoid being ‘political’.  I find it hard to believe that Luke standing up for himself and supporting the Gay Film Festival would have a negative impact on his foundation.  (Uh, when did Oakadle U become ultra conservative?)  Brian needs a life… FAST!  Rather than telling Brian that she and Luke need him, it’s time for Lucy Walsh, cutthroat businesswoman that she is, to come back.  I miss her.  It’s time for the REAL Lucy Wlalsh to tell Brian to hit the bricks.   1 –  Lucinda has always had such a deep love for her grandson.  It’s hard for me to believe that she can’t see what’s going on with Brian, and what the potential impact is on Luke.  I just can’t see the writers as being true to her character if they continue to allow her to want Brian, in light of his treatment of Luke and Noah.  2 – Lawrence Lau is HOT, and I’d love to see his character out of such a creepy storyline where he’s trying to suppress Luke’s self-exploration.   Luke is finding his voice.  Brian is becoming increasingly less attractive trying to suppress it.

AND, since we’ve seen more of Kim this month than in the last several months (or so it seems), please make sure when you bring her back more frequently, writers, that you bring back the brilliant woman we’ve all loved for so long.  Kim was the victim of a mad stalker (Oh how I miss the days of the Douglas Cummings storyline). Hopefully she recognizes the signs soon, and works to help Katie with the Spencer incident.  Kim’s been there, done that.  I’d love to have her realize sooner, rather than later, that Katie has every right to be concerned.

Young and the Restless

Sharon, Sharon, Sharon, my friend.  You can’t make a good husband out of a man-whore.  Remember those words of advice.  I only regret that I forgot to include Nick Newman on my man-whore list, when I included his father.  (Read that HERE)  Nick hasn’t met a woman, throwing herself at him, that he doesn’t like.  Having said that?  I can’t help loving Nick and Sharon, despite the fact that he’s an unfaithful pig.  Nick and Sharon are their generation’s Nikki and Victor (er, without the pathology that has begun to pervade the Nikktor relationship).

Short of Nick’s cheating with slimey Grace Turner, and Phyllis (serving as Sharon’s ‘placeholder’), there was a genuine love and a sense of family that Nick and Sharon shared that neither has really had with their respective new spouses. For me, Phyllis will always be the woman who went to bed with a man while his wife was still grieving their dead daughter.  Nick and Phyllis’ relationship is at romantic as a zombie orgy (sorry, it’s close to Halloween and the commercials for haunted houses are getting to me).

What happens in Paris stays in Paris?  OH, let’s hope not.  Let’s hope that Nick does penance for being a complete idiot and cheating on Sharon, realizes what a horrible mistake he made, and goes home to his real family.   He needs to be with his true wife, Sharon.

Besides, the only time Phyllis was remotely interesting was when she was a freakin’ bad girl, and during her marriage to Jack.  Outside of that?  She hasn’t had much to offer.

One Life to Live

It’s been so good seeing Viki, so good in fact that I feel guilty having this small complaint:  Are fans to believe, that in a house the supposed size of Viki’s mansion, she wouldn’t notice that her basement had suddenly become MUCH smaller?  If there was enough space behind the sliding wall to build a ginormous room, complete with on suite bath, you’d think she’d notice SOMETHING was wrong.  EH! I don’t care, I’m just glad to have Viki back.  Now it’s time to reunite Viki and Clint… We’ve been so patient.

Viki must love the relationship between her sister, Tina, and “Jessica”/Tess getting along.  Oh, if only she knew! The most enjoyable part of One Life To Live (and dare I say the only watchable part of the show?) has been watching Tina and Jessica go at one another.  The only person tough enough, and devious enough, to handle Tess is Tina, and heaven help the show if/when Tina or Tess goes.

While Grand Dame Titans Tina and Tess are tearing each other apart, maybe the writers will let Viki serve up a little cold hard justice to brother, Todd.  You’d think that Todd would have learned his lesson from letting Blair think their son Jack was dead.  Now he’s planning to do the same to Starr, in order to take her child and raise it.  I get the saying that history repeats itself… I just don’t know why it’s always the LOUSY history that repeats itself in daytime.  Oh Viki, between Todd, Tina, and Tess, you have your work cut out for you.

Bold and Beautiful

Er, what? Taylor’s back to her lying, sneaky, and underhanded ways?  WELL!  No shock THERE folks!  I seem to remember THIS Taylor, the one scheming and plotting to get what she wants, and putting a ‘concerned’ face on it.  Let’s see, she advised Brooke to stay with Eric, for the children’s sake, even though Brooke was unhappily married to the man.  Then she (Taylor) pursued Ridge, the man Brooke loved – knowing Ridge loved Brooke and was waiting for her to leave Eric.
Taylor advised Eric to tell Stephanie their marriage was over and there was NO chance of him returning to her.. after she listened  to her ‘best friend’ cry about Eric not loving her… and then Taylor moved on Eric, herself.  Now she’s telling Ridge that the fates were probably keeping him and Brooke apart because they probably weren’t meant to be together.  Taylor, would those be the same fates that caused Ridge to walk out on YOU and not look back?  Funny how those fates only work against others, never against her.  Ah, hypocrisy.  The REAL Taylor is back… the “me first, me last, me always” Taylor.