Why the BnB remains my favorite soap

There are three things you can count on with The Bold and The Beautiful:

1.  Anyone close to death (their own or that of someone they care about)  will also be incredibly horny and will feel the ‘need’ to have sex before death occurs.  It’s post the death-that-never-happen sex that usually produces a child.  Fans are still waiting to find out where Taylor’s post-death-that-never-happened child is.  She seems to be the only person who has escaped the happening.  Or has she?

2.  If there’s a dying and/or vulnerable woman, Nick Marone is going to boink her for all he’s worth – which is not much.  It’s what he does. 

  • Felicia Forrester?  Cancer patient.
  • Brooke Logan?  Suicidal
  • Taylor Hayes?  Recovering from alcohol addiction
  • Bridget Forrester?  Broken heart
  • Katie Logan?  Dying heart transplant patient.

3.  This show manages to mangle and mash the concepts of God, character’s sexual behavior, and ‘heavenly blessings’ more than any other soap in the history of daytime.  I don’t know what guilt complexes the writers have about the show they bring to air, but I could probably own Trump towers if I had a dollar for each time a character referenced God or some blessed miracle event.  God, in the soap world,  blesses them with someone else’s husband/wife, supports their betrayals of spouses and children, kills off inconvenient babies in utero, and supports the creation of ‘love children’ with a spouse’s family member.  Daytime’s most salacious daytime show is also its most “religious”, and frankly, that creeps me out.

And still, for as much as I hate it, I love the soap too.

Overall, daytime writers and producers continue using the old soap titles, but produce shows that  have nothing to do with the shows we remember from the soap’s glory days. 

Daytime execs swap out beloved legacy characters in a heartbeat for younger, cheaper-to-pay, fashion models who are using the genre as a ‘stepping stone’.  Legacy characters, as the ultimate insult to fans, are sometimes used to introduce the newbies, before disappearing. Not The Bold and The Beautiful – for as much as BnB fans may hate the actions of some of their favorite legacy characters, at least they see them!

This show began with its core four (Susan Flannery’s Stephanie Douglas Forrester, Katherine Kelly Lang’s Brooke Logan (Forrester, Ronn Moss’s Ridge Forrester, John McCook’s Eric Forrester).  The core four continue to remain the show’s main attraction.

A for the rest of daytime, I barely recognize most of it.   Whatever happened to the old adage that you have to spend money to make it?  Fans are tired of stunt casting and stunt reappearances of beloved favorite legacy characters for short periods of time, often during sweeps (a la Genie Francis’ Laura Spencer, who’ll make another brief appearance soon). 

Spend the money on the sets – if one more person in Springfield/Peapack moves into Olivia’s hotel, I’m out of the GL fanbase.  I can’t take the dark walls and the ‘sameness’ of the rooms.  Learn a lesson from the YnR, which still has so many rich sets.  Why can’t soaps filmed in the same location share sets (remodeling them as needed whenever they’re used)?  Trade off?  Do SOMETHING people!

Spend the money on the actors and legacy characters we care about (Where the hell is Scott Bryce’s Craig Montgomery, ATWT?).

Spend the money and hire writers who aren’t bored, and stuck repeating their last best storylines, making daytime far too repetitve. 

Stop with the misogyny, the subtle racism, the homophobia. 

Stop killing off the characters we grew up loving, and giving us characters our children don’t want to watch.

Stop turning our favorite characters (even the remaining legacy characters) into morons when you want to introduce new characters — even the BnB is guilty of this problem, turning Brooke Logan into a fool for worthless men like Nick Marone, and Deacon Sharpe before him.

We don’t want stunts, explosions, possessions, and other storylines too hokey for even the Sci Fi channel to take seriously.  We want emotional investment and big payoffs, events that leave us talking long after the episode has aired.

Stop telling us how great your storylines are, either off screen through the soap mags, or onscreen by using the characters.  Write storylines we like and we’ll tell YOU that, by tuning in.  Every time you promise something great, and let us down, we stop believing you the next time you make an empty promise.

The Bold and The Beautiful doesn’t get it right, every time, but seeing familiar faces and having characters who are more often, than not, consistent,  is almost enough for me.

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Old Home Week – Soap Style – GL/BnB/OLTL/GH/YnR

With so many soaps looking back to their respective glory days this week, I had one overarching thought: “Today is a day when I wouldn’t be embarrassed to admit that I was a soap fan!”

Guiding Light

WTF, just happened?  I’m watching live today.  I thought Reva was daydreaming, she was, right?  Josh didn’t really admit that his marriage to Cassie was a sham (ok, it’s the word I chose, not Josh).  I waited for Reva to wake up on the dock and realize that it was all in her head, but then the scene kept moving.  Josh referring back to Reva’s post partum drive off that bridge YEARS ago, his fear that she’ll take off and be gone again, WTF?  Where am I?   Will we have to wait until tomorrow to find out that it wasn’t real?  Does it continue?  I typically don’t read GL spoilers. I’m always afraid that the spoilers will cause me to tune OUT, not tune in.  I’ll be there tomorrow.  I need to know. I’m stunned.  Just a day or so ago, I swore off Manwhore Josh Lewis and I still mean it, but that man still gets to me.  I know I’ll be sorry, later, for admitting this, but there’s a part of me that wanted Reva to fall into Josh’s arms.  I’m so easy. I’m so nostalgic. 

Bold and Beautiful

There are times when the writers do something so subtle or so clever that I remember why I’ve always loved this show – and the writers can even make me forget the days I hate the show, if the writing is good enough.  I figuratively stitched myself back together when Bridget gave her report on Eric’s condition (must have been tough for a daughter to say, but it was sheer hilarity from a fan’s perspective).   Viagra man and the child bride had a wild afternoon of hot sex.  Shortly after, he suffers an attack.  Bridget faces the family and says, “because there was a loss of blood to his brain”… and then she said some bull spit after that, but I was laughing too hard to hear it.  That’s the sort of moment people like me live for.  Ahhhh…

The funny part is that what I loved most about those scenes wasn’t the camp, or Eric’s humiliation, or even Donna’s embarrasment.  I loved seeing so many characters on screen together and watching the Forresters pull together as a family.  It reminded me of the old Bold and Beautiful.  I thought I’d hate another health crisis storyline.  This one is already paying off.

OLTL

I’ve had a theory for some time, now.  Those of you who post at Soap News and Scoops have read the theory before.  I think Rex is Bo’s kid.  I’m almost sure of it!  Roxy was going to confess something to Rex, not long ago.  She seemed to imply that she was not Rex’s mother.  Remember her warning him that she was his mother no matter what?   She was so desperate.

Is it possible that Mitch stole TWO children from the Buchanans and placed both with Roxy?  I do believe!  All this time we thought that he was just going after Viki, maybe not.  That Rex is now playing a young Bo  and Bo is playing his ‘pa’ in this trippy time travel makes me wonder if I’m not right.  Rex has been playing ‘older brother’ to Matthew for some time.  Something tells me he won’t be playing at it, for much longer.  They mystery will be, ‘WHO is Rex’s mother?”

Viki and Niki, Mel and Dorian (oh dear soapgod how I miss Mel), Asa, “Megan”… This has been one of the best shows in recent memory.  I love Mel for saying everything that needed to be said to Dorian – and then some.   It’s time for her to stop worrying about living in Viki’s shadow and having a life of her own. (The prized advice of the day, it seems!  Cassie received the same advice on GL.)

Writers, thank you for bringing us ‘Agnes’ the Great.  Let’s hope she’ll continue to look over Viki, and the rest of daytime for many more years to come.

General Hospital

What irony.  Lulu and Johnny on the run.  A young Luke and Laura?  I’m sure that’s where the writers were headed.  Where does the irony come in?  This isn’t about Laura leaving Scotty behind, it’s about her daugther leaving her son behind.  Instead of the spiritual and emotional death Scotty suffered, Logan’s death is physical and will be an even deeper wound for Scotty.  I’m sure Laura’s return will open up old hurts for Scott Baldwin and this show is going to get messy.

Not exactly ‘old home’ but I’m impressed with Kate Howard’s move to gaslight Carly.  I haven’t been a Kate Howard fan.  She’s been a little too stiff in the past and too predictable.  GO GIRL, let your inner Connie out.  Maybe little Katie is a much tougher rival than I gave her credit for.  I’ve been hoping for an eventual Carly-Claudia cage match.  I’ve may have been looking in the wrong direction.  Kate has become the quintessential bad girl in good girl’s clothing.  Yes, I’m starting to see what attracted Sonni to Connie/Kate in the first place.  The writers are beginning to unveil the real Kate.  EH! My money is on writer’s fave, Carly, but it won’t be a cake walk, I’m sure.

 

Young And the Restless

Everything old is new again!  Victor Newman has reverted back to type.  There have been so few times when Victor is likable.  Locking his wife’s lover in a bunker in the basement?  Not one of those times.  Allowing his mistress to attend a Christmas Party his wife planned?  Not one of those times.  Telling his wife she’d still be taking her clothes off at the strip joint they met at if it weren’t for him (because, you know, all she ever wanted to be was a stripper)?  Yeah, not one of those times.  Disinheriting his children is another ‘The Great Victor Newman’ low life moves.  Demanding loyalty, but never giving it?  Yes, that’s Victor.  He’s upset that his children are unhappy about his marriage to Sabrina.  Big Deal, but it might be nice if ‘daddy dearest’ decided that having sex with his chlidren’s friends was off limits.  It would also be pretty cool if he finally woke up to the fact that his TWO (yes, TWO) vasectomies made it unlikely that he was the father of that child.  Whether or not the writers include it, fans haven’t given up the show’s history so it definitely sucks that Victor would disinherit his children for, oh – having their own opinions, for a woman carrying another man’s child.  Unlike ‘Old home week’ taking place for the rest of daytime, I have to say, the real Victor’s return was most unwelcome.