Christ, yes! I really feel that the hour hurt the performances of many of daytime's actors. I've always felt Susan Lucci was better when it was half-hour and I feel the same with Jamie Lynn Bauers performances on half-hour programs versus full-hour. Fra, IMO, was also a victim.
I'm binge-watching on Netflix and this is my first time watching. I started with Season One a few weeks ago. Anyway, that is my favorite scene so far.
On that note, this show is nuts. I hate the directing but the camp is up my alley. It reminds me of those 80s B horror movies.
'I always bring a copy of the good book whenever I come into someones house for the first time'
Jess Walton's presence has really glued me to the show and her liners have really made me smile! Jill/JW, in a world were daytime serials didn't screw up, would have been the archetype for the '21st Century' matriarch. She is of the age as the traditional one but she could still be in GREAT story and stir trouble. She proves that you don't have to reduce a character stamina to 'Grandma Kate' to be the reach out as the 'Voice of Reason'.
Here is my take on the show though. Firstly, I'm not saying that the show is good as it was prior to 2006, IMO the show was solid until then but could have been better, but it's holding my attention. Perhaps it's because I'm thinking too much on what I'd do?
Production: The sound still is odd to me. It seems like the receivers from the mics aren't picking up on bass notes. Makes me want to pump up the Db's on the left bands and the mid-bands (Sound Tech talk LOL). The scene length, however, is pretty decent as of late and if I'm not mistaken the directing has improved--at least the style is on-par. Substance: The thing that stood out to me in the old days was that virtually every scene seemed to be set to 'Nadias Theme'. Music, sounds, affect writers and if I were assigned to write this I would have it played softly as I crafted each scene to give it the feel. That is one thing that is missing.
Once they fix all of that I think they would have a foundation for improving the overall show.
Also, one of the key reasons why daytime fell is because of the lack of generational-diversity. Basically, having an equal playing field, or a slightly higher older-demo, will ensure a next generation.