I expect the prior week’s ratings to be TOUGH for the BnB when they’re released on Thursday/Friday of this week. DAYS has just ended a year long arc with Sami Brady finding out that Nicole Walker stole her child (Sydney) and replaced her with a child who ended up dying only months later (Grace). I fully expect DAYS to kick Bold’s fanny in the next set of ratings. If it doesn’t, shame on the viewers for missing one of daytime’s truly great moments! Sami put the smackdown on Nicole, literally and figuratively, after finding out that Nicole stole her child – and Nicole turned it around and made herself a sympathetic character, in the end.
4:35 into this clip (also posted below) shows you what DAYS has going on that Bold can’t touch, right now… but the whole clip is worth the watch! *Thanks MrBreaksoap for posting this vid… check out MrBreaksoap’s channel on Youtube
DAYS is amazing and Arianne Zuker is hitting it out the ballpark. I don’t know who to credit for the success of this storyline. Is it the writers who seemed to know how they wanted to tell this story from beginning to end? There were no weak moments (other than the uninteresting teens – and even then the writers seemed to know not to give them too big a role in this storyline). Does the credit go to Ari Z, whose every inflection, facial expression, and gesture seemed perfect? Is it a strong partnership between the two, one not working without the other?
The Bold and the Beautiful (only .2 of a ratings point ahead of DAYS) hasn’t offered a storyline that comes even close to anything as exciting as the Sami and Nicole exchange. While the BnB feels like the show you watch just before you go to sleep at night, DAYS is the show you rush home to watch because missing a single day means you’ll miss something good! If DAYS isn’t theEmmy winner for ‘Best Drama’ next year, I’ll be shocked. The carefully choreographed dance between the writers at DAYS, and Ari Z is the perfect example of what writers can do with a show when writers write to the strength of their actors, instead of faulting good actors for bad storylines and awful direction (see: Kyle Lowder).
What the BnB lacks in terms of the disciplined continuity shown by DAYS writers, it makes up for in sheer number of storylines directed at the audience. Stephanie’s childhood abuse storyline ended as quickly as it began and then morphed into a storyline about her facilitating the rape of Brooke Logan. Eric woke up out of his coma to find his wife in the arms of another man and all was forgiven mere weeks later. Owen was a schemer (or appeared to be) when he first arrived on canvas – only to be transformed into a ‘hero’ just months later and transformed again as a toyboy-to-true love shortly after. Brooke’s rape became a storyline about reclaiming the love of her life, only to have her nearly throw him away again with the birth of a child she never planned for (more on that later). BnB storylines are like the weather pattern in most places, wait ten minutes and they’ll change. The Bold and The Beautiful needs a storyline arc that draws fans in and one that lasts longer than a couple of months. The ‘baby drama’ centered on Nick, Bridget, and Sandy/Agnes is the perfect opportunity for the writers to tell a cohesive storyline. Right now the storyline is hit and run. Pieces of it show up, when the writers aren’t busy shoving less interesting storylines (like Steffy going psycho stalker and creating an affair from a weak kiss – all in her head).
I think that BOLD’s Ashley Jones’ appeal is severely underestimated – mainly by the BOLD writers since prime time writers, directors, and casting agents ‘get it’, given Ms. Jones’ string of successes in prime time appearances. Between Ashley Jones and Sarah Brown, the baby surrogacy storyline, added to the Logan/Forrester takeover, has the potential to give fans a reason to become excited about the show. SB’s Sandy is clearly playing the Nicole Walker role, but are her intentions are as pure as Nicole’s? It’s doubtful given Sandy’s fixation on the happy couple, the fact that they have everything, according to her, and that she has nothing. Could she have been targeting Nick and Bridget all along? Maybe it wasn’t her plan to become a surrogate, but that she’d planned to take advantage of Nick’s reputation as an unfaithful man. The guy slept with Bridget’s mother and her dying aunt, after all. How hard could it be to have him fall into bed with her? That the happy couple needed a surrogate might have been a happy coincidence for her. It would give her a chance to get closer to Nick, without Bridget needing to be around, and it set the stage for her making Bridget feel inadequate – or to at least try to.
Bridget has already suffered untold grief and misery and would be easily blindsided by someone like Sandy – but it shouldn’t take her long to see through Sandy and figure out what’s going on. It would require a paradigm shift from the writers who would have to let go of bad habits. By the time your husband humps your mother just months after your child dies, and jumps your dying aunt – being written as ‘naive’ only makes a character look stupid. I’d rather not see that happen this time. Why not have a cat and mouse storyline with the two women? Why not add a new angle? Sandy only THINKS she’s the cat. It turns out that she’s the mouse and that Bridget relies on Sandy’s knowledge of ‘poor, pitiful, naive, betrayed, Bridget’ and plays to it… while working with her mother and mother-in-law, to make sure that Sandy doesn’t get her child – even if she takes her husband. Maybe Bridget will prevail and win them both! Is it even possible for the writers to have Nick keep his pants up when presented with the opportunity to cheat? Let’s hope.
If you’re a BOLD viewer, I know what you’re most likely thinking? The last BnB ‘baby drama’ story (Brooke/Taylor surrogacy) didn’t work. Fans were bored silly and the ratings dropped. Why torture fans with another ‘baby drama’ storyline? Why pick up with another ‘two mommies’ storyline? The problem, in my opinion, wasn’t the type of storyline, but the players invovled!
The Brooke and taylor angle was wretched, because:
1 – taylor is a dud of a character and it would be easier cheering on a root canal than anything to do with her. There are times when the writers need to realize that some characters really are damaged beyond repair, and cut bait.
2 – of fan fatigue with the rivalry. It was tiresome watching Brooke dragged down into a storyline with taylor and Nick all over again. Taylor has been at Brooke’s throat for over two decades, soap time. They’ve battled over Ridge. Both have loved Eric. Both have bedded Thorne. Each has referred to herself as the mother of the other’s children. Both had bedded Nick and placed Bridget in the most uncomfortable of situations watching them move on with him while she still loved him. By the time ‘Jack’ came along, the only fan response left was ‘who cares?’
3 – the Brooke/nick link was DISGUSTING. Given the death of Bridget’s child with Nick and the writers added insult to injury by having Bridget implant Brooke’s fertilized egg into Taylor’s womb. That’s a move that sounds good in the echo chamber of the writers’ room, but EGADS, wasn’t there a focus group to float that one by? I can’t imagine anyone who wasn’t intimately connected with the show who loved it.
Moral of the story? KISS! (Keep it simple, silly!) The DAYS baby swap/two mommies storyline worked because it was interesting and because it wasn’t clogged with too many agendas. You didn’t get the feeling that the baby swap was just a prelude to something bigger, something worse – that the writers were committed to the storyline. The BnB storyline, by comparison, was a fiasco. The storyline appeared to be one more back door attempt to try to force fans to root for a Nick and Brooke pairing, a pairing that failed four times before.
In the appropriate writers’ hands, the Nicket storyline could help awaken this show. Speaking for viewers like myself: NO ONE gives a crap about taylor’s blind date. We’re SICK of Steffy’s desperation – and she is as equally damaged as Rick. The Douglas “drama” puts me to sleep. Give us more Nicket intrigue with Sandy and let us watch the Forresters fight their way back to the top, kicking Dollar Bill’s butt along the way! Let Ridge, Brooke, and Thorne take the lead on the big return. Explain Felicia’s absence as having her tracing back DB’s steps and digging up dirt on the guy. After helping her family successfully reclaim the company, she and Dominic/Dino can visit Dante in Europe (until LK finishes her stint on ATWT).
When the Bold and the Beautiful is on, it’s ON. When it’s not, it’s the most confusing show on daytime. The inconsistency and character/plot shifting isn’t serving the show well. I’m hoping there’s a time when the show will play to the strength of it’s actors and rich history, and do so consistently. If DAYS does surpass the BnB in the ratings, who knows it will last? DAYS has also had problems with past writing teams being inconsistent and confusing. It’s hard to know who will ultimately prevail in this battle, but given the richness of the BnB, it seems that the BnB has the edge. The writers just need to wake up and wake the rest of us up as well.
As an aside… DAYS writers?
When will you have Nicole wise up to the fact that the only real difference between EJ Dimera and Paul Walker is that one is the devil with whom she shares DNA, and the other is the devil with whom she was willing to share her life? Outside of that, the differences between the two men are minor.