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  1. It will be more of the same crap with Shelly Belly. There's no ''cutting edge'' stuff coming from that basic hack. More played out mob nonsense. We can't totally blame the Orange Antichrist. People simply aren't going to watch trash.
  2. EastEnders: the Sean O'Connor era - what went wrong? David Brown assesses a controversial year on the BBC1 soap 1 By David Brown Saturday 24 June 2017 at 8:55AM The era of Sean O’Connor is over at EastEnders - a turbulent 12 months in charge that has divided viewers and critics alike. We’ve had a high-profile recast, the controversial deaths of two Walford icons, new signings and a back-to-basics approach to storytelling. But it’s not exactly paid dividends: the most recent consolidated figures put EastEnders a million viewers behind Coronation Street, plus the BBC1 drama came away with just one prize at this year’s British Soap Awards. So what do we make of the last year in Albert Square? ADVERTISING Well, let’s start with Michelle Fowler, whose reintroduction with a brand-new face at Christmas sounded warning bells for some. But why? Head swaps in soapland are nothing new and, in the case of Michelle, there’s a whole generation who only know her as a photo on Ian Beale’s sideboard. But it soon became apparent that Michelle wasn’t winning fans of any age over. The long-time die-hards couldn’t put Susan Tully out of their minds, while newer viewers disliked the seedy love affair with American student Preston. Both groups found Jenna Russell’s performance slightly mannered and grating - though she has, admittedly, got better as the months have gone on. But it was a definite gamble to bring back a well-loved character with an icky plotline that seemed deliberately crafted to alienate fans. Then there was the case of Denise, who found herself on the breadline and in need of help at a food bank. EastEnders has, of course, put its characters into poverty before, Arthur Fowler having famously stolen the Walford residents’ Christmas club savings back in 1986, for instance. But, on that occasion, the storyline was character led – Arthur being desperate to give his daughter Michelle a wedding day to remember. In the case of Denise, the social issue seemed grafted onto the character. Indeed, you felt as though the same plot could have been given to, say, Martin, Donna or Stacey and the effect would have been the same. The other trouble being that if you unpick anyone’s finances, then the whole show starts to fall apart: how does Martin provide for his family on the takings from the fruit-and-veg stall? How come everyone can afford to drink in the Vic every night? Why do the market workers buy tea from the café when they could all pop home to boil a kettle? The thing is, we’re prepared to suspend disbelief on all that stuff, at least until the show boss decides to forensically examine a bank balance to the extent that we feel duty bound to point out plot holes. However, for me, the greatest error of judgement was in the recent treatment of the Carters. Take Lee, whose exit did - at first - seem like an admirable 21st-century retelling of the aforementioned Arthur Fowler plotline, right down to the raiding of a collection box. Moving scenes shown over Christmas even saw a desperate Lee driven to the brink of suicide. You really felt for Lee because his plight grew out of who he was as a person. It was all about Lee rather than a news headline. But then came the moment when Lee lashed out and hit wife Whitney. The result? A story about one man being priced out of society suddenly became a tale of domestic violence. OK, so it tapped into Lee’s history with anger management, but it also turned him into the enemy. Couple that with Mick’s lack of sympathy for his son (which was very out of character) and Lee’s departure ended up feeling rushed, botched and almost like a betrayal of what had previously been set up. But worse was to come. With Lee gone and Linda temporarily off the scene (actress Kellie Bight having taken maternity leave), the normally loyal and steadfast Mick found himself in the arms of Whitney. Now, OK, so affairs are rife in soapland. Everywhere you look there are love cheats and philanderers. But the beauty of Mick was the decision on the part of the writers – up to this point at least – to keep him monogamous. And they’d managed to do so for three whole years. So to cast the Mick and Linda partnership to one side did feel, I have to say, shortsighted and reckless. Once Mick strays, he is tarnished. And that can’t be undone. Of the other criticisms levelled at O’Connor, I’m less narked than others. Did he turn EastEnders into Waterloo Road thanks to his focus on Walford High? Not really. To keep the next generation of viewers interested, you have to include subject matter of relevance to them. And the topics of sexting, consent and cyber bullying are ripe for exploration. Only in recent weeks have things started to drift. Louise has now been hoodwinked too many times by Madison and Alexandra. She’s a clever girl, so why is she listening to a word they say, especially when she’s seen how they ruined Bex’s life? And then there’s the death of the Mitchell sisters – was O’Connor wrong to kill them off? Personally, I felt like Ronnie and Roxy had run their course and – by the time they were dispatched – were operating in a different show to everyone around them, so outré and bizarre had they become. So were they to die, then it had to be in as crazy a way as possible. The counter argument is that writers should rest heritage characters rather than murder them, so that the option is there to re-introduce them (hopefully refreshed and rejuvenated) at a later date. What was noticeably odd, though, was the way Roxy became an afterthought in conversations following her untimely demise. At times, you could have been forgiven for thinking that only Ronnie had met her maker. Finally, there’s a need to look at the tone of the show in the last 12 months. ‘Less melodrama, more slow-burn’ appears to have been the philosophy. And there were some excesses that needed reining in: the pantomime villainy of Gavin Sullivan, for instance, at the end of Dominic Treadwell-Collins’s tenure being too daft for words. But in its place, we got endless on-screen discussions of bin collections, plus plenty of talk in interviews about taking EastEnders back to the days of Julia Smith and Tony Holland. Community spirit and people dusting themselves down in the face of adversity. The trouble is that TV has moved on since 1985 and those early mid-Eighties episodes now seem rather theatrical and dated. I also have a feeling that viewers don’t particularly want to see their own day-to-day anxieties reflected back at them in their soaps, they’d prefer to watch heightened drama in a familiar setting. So less I, Daniel Blake starring Denise Fox. More Broadchurch starring Ian Beale. Of course, we may now never get to know what O’Connor’s masterplan was for EastEnders. It seemed as though we were gearing up for a mass protest against Max and the Chairman’s scheme to raze the Square to the ground. Perhaps there would have been characters trapped under rubble? Shock deaths to leave fans reeling in the months ahead? But, in this fast-moving media age where there are so many other options for viewers, Sean O’Connor took too long setting out his stall. It was all about the planning and not enough about the execution. An understandable tactic when a show is in need of overhauling, but O’Connor inherited a relatively healthy EastEnders. Why be so radical when the show appeared to be on good form when he took over? I’m sure everyone will be debating all this over the next few days, just as I’m sure that the good ship EastEnders can be steered back on course again. Under the temporary control of John Yorke (he of ‘Who Shot Phil?’ fame and a magnificent period running The Archers), I feel that the duff-duffs will be back to their best by Christmas. Hopefully, this is just one of those summer cliffhangers that everyone will have forgotten about by the autumn.
  3. Trying to watch today's show. But everything is so ho hum and lacklaster. The only thing remotely interesting was Deimos & Sonny meow & hissing at each other. As Deimos pushed Sonny to the hospital floor. Not a fan of Ron Carlivati but i'm sure he wrote in the scene with Sonny & Marlena mentioning Will.
  4. I agree DRW50. The whole baby Lucas saga could've played out for years. Cheryl was one my favorites. She deserved a lot better than being killed off so Bobbie & Tony could end up with baby Lucas. GH wasn't prefect but i liked the late 80's early 90's era. Once GM came back she gutted the show. Removing everything & everyone she didn't have a hand in creating. Thank god Wendy Riche repaired GH.
  5. I started watching GH in 1988. I really liked Robert with Cheryl and later on Katherine. In the beginning i found Katie Lady bland. But Katherine grew on me. I hated that they made Cheryl obsessed with Robert. The only thing i liked about GM's second run was Cheryl giving up her obsession with Robert. The whole obsession thing was out of character for Cheryl .Didn't like seeing a strong career women like Cheryl in a deluded dream world. Katherine & Robert's break up scenes around Thanksgiving of 1990. Were very well written and very adult.
  6. Ryan Phillippe: “I’m Proud” To Have Played Daytime TV’s First Gay Teenager "It was before 'Will & Grace,' before Ellen came out, it's before any of that stuff." by Christopher Rudolph 22m ago It was 25 years ago that Ryan Phillippe played one of the first openly gay teenagers on television on the daytime soap One Life to Live. Phillippe played Billy Douglas, a high school student who comes out as gay, on the series from 1992-1993. It was Phillippe’s first professional acting gig, and a quarter of a century later the actor looks back proudly at his place in gay history. ABC/One Life to Live “There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point. It was before Will & Grace, before Ellen came out, it’s before any of that stuff,” Phillippe recently told Too Fab while he was doing press for his new movie Wish Upon. “I remember the fan mail that my mother and I would get from gay teenagers or from parents of gay teenagers who found a way in to relate to or talk to their child through this show,” he explained. Even though he was only 17 at the time he does remember “understanding and appreciating that back then even when I was only a teenager myself.” Back in 1992 Phillippe told Entertainment Weekly that when he auditioned he had no idea that Billy was gay: “They told me, and I said ‘Oh! Okay!’ but a shock went through my system. I thought, ‘What is my family going to think? What about my friends?’ But I realized that for Billy, the torment is a hundred times that.” Monica Schipper/FilmMagic Before filming began for Billy’s debut on the show executive producer Linda Gottlieb brought in psychiatrist Richard Isay to talk with Phillippe about portraying a gay teenager. “When he told us that three times as many gay teenagers kill themselves as do straight teens, I realized that maybe this role is where I’m supposed to be,” he said. “Maybe some kids will see that there are ways to deal with this positively.” Billy was written out of the show in 1993 when Phillippe decided to leave, but he still cherishes the role: “I’m proud to have done it, I’m proud that that’s something I can say was a part of my career.” Christopher Rudolph Pop culture and entertainment enthusiast. I know too much about the Oscars and Oprah.
  7. WALFORD WOES EastEnders ratings crisis as viewers fall to just 4.5m viewers as shock rape storyline divides fans The BBC One soap's fans are bitterly divided over the storyline that has seen Louise Mitchell believe she has been raped By Carl Greenwood 17th June 2017, 1:30 pm Updated: 17th June 2017, 5:40 pm Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 5 COMMENTS EASTENDERS is facing a ratings crisis as viewers fell to an average just 4.5m for last night’s episode. The BBC One soap fell behind Emmerdale to become the least watched of the big three as Coronation Street soared to six million while fans of Walford were left divided over the bullying storyline that has seen Louise Mitchell believe she has been raped. BBC 2 EastEnders viewers were impressed by Tilly Keeper’s performance as Louise Mitchell h EastEnders' Keegan Baker is arrested for raping Louise Mitchell While actress Tilly Keeper's performance was widely praised by viewers, the harrowing storyline saw the police question Louise in a way that fans didn't like. The episode - which shot to the top of the BBC's iPlayer service - saw Louise break down over bullies Keegan, Madison and Aelxandra's vicious lies about Louise having sex with Keegan at a party. Schoolgirl Louise was devastated as she believed she had been raped with her being spiked and therefore too drunk to consent to anything. Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy But after tearfully breaking down to stepmum Sharon, Louise spoke to the police who questioned her in a way that left fans raging. "It doesn't matter if she was drunk that's still rape," wrote one viewer. "A police officer wouldn't say that
  8. Kurt. Roxie, Kyle, Maeve, Jessie, Calla, Miss Sally and Johnny were all duds that ate up airtime. GL had been badly gutted of their best characters.
  9. I didn't know this.
  10. I liked that history was being mentioned.With the high turnover this was something AW seldom did. I liked a teenaged Matthew finding out the epic events that lead to his birth. I think Janice was mentioned so much because they were foreshadowing Evan being Janice's son. I did find Harding Lemay's second boring. But to be fair he was only there such a short time. I would've preferred they kept Lemay and partnered him with Swajeski.
  11. No! We still have 55 more years until Will's return
  12. Made a mistake the very top of the article had today's date.
  13. More of the same played out boring crap. Nothing original or worth watching.
  14. Jeanine P ''retired'' to save face. Jeanine P's novels will be just as dry as her soaps
  15. Yes Eden's rapist was Dr. Zach Kelton the Video Rapist. Zach raped and murdered Andrea Bedford.
  16. . Shady Spencer flaming through Port Charles. Bechtet does have a nice rapport with Francis. It's sad when the only somewhat exiting thing was Spencer & Cameron throwing coffee at each other. Not that i care for Hayden but Jelly have really watered her down.
  17. Don't watch Y&R. From reading Y&R tread her run was boring.
  18. Jeanine P's HW runs -OLTL was a boring mess. -AW was cancelled before she could do any real damage. -AMC- She killed Gillian and gave us Lidiozone. -ATWT - Marginalized ATWT's history & core characters. -GH- Was mostly dictated by Frank & Varni. Jean feverishly & desperately tried to make failed, unlikable characters work. While completely ignoring vets. Creating boring and meandering stories. This is Jean Passanante ''legacy''.a far cry from Nixon's. Marlands and Bell's legacies.
  19. Jeanine P is basic but never legendary.
  20. MAY 27, 2017 ‘GENERAL HOSPITAL’ SPOILERS: ‘GH’ WRITER BATTLES FANS ON TWITTER AGAIN — WHAT IS JEAN PASSANANTE THINKING? BELYNDA GATES TURNER General Hospital spoilers promise that the ABC soap is facing trouble over its dismal ratings. GH just came off another week of troublesome numbers, and to make things worse, Jean Passanante, half of the co-head writing team at GH, is feuding with fans again on Twitter. What is Jean thinking sparking drama with fans when ratings are already in trouble? Didn’t she learn anything from the last fan feud? Jean Passanante Fights With Fans on Twitter Again On Thursday, May 25, GH co-head writer Jean Passanante re-tweeted a General Hospital clip of Valentin Cassadine actor James Patrick Stuart playing piano at the Nurses Ball performing Billy Joel’s, “And So It Goes.” It started with a benign tweet from Jean of “swoon” to describe his achingly emotional performance. That was nice, but when a fan snarked back, Jean went off in her reply. A fan tweeted back that Valentin is not the scary Cassadine fans expected. “The man has many layers. And one of them is very romantic,” Jean countered. “Nothing romantic about murderers! Seriously? Enough propping evil, gangsters,” another fan said. That triggered Jean to fire back. “We don’t ‘prop.’ We aim to write chars. we inherited and those we created multi-dimensionally, w/ torment, regret, guilt, and yes, romance.” Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy It was Jean’s reply that set off a firestorm with General Hospital fans. “I know characters have layers. I appreciate pulling them back. But how many of us have been sexually assaulted/violated? Was that romantic?” one fan asked. Another chimed in saying, “I disagree. You ‘prop’ half your very large and unnecessary cast.” Jean Hits Back at Fans, But It Doesn’t Go Well General Hospital lead writer Jean Passanante kept the argument going. “That’s your opinion but that’s not how we work.” That’s when things went downhill rapidly. Another fan piled on. “Um not just our opinions go check ratings for May.” “As always, insulted by the way this is handled,” another fan added. Yet another commenter joined in, saying, “Can u address why #GH seems to want to glorify rape & domestic violence, as it were romantic?” Another General Hospital fan tweeted a meme to Jean that read, “You sit on a throne of lies.” In the midst of the drama, one GH watcher said what many fans are thinking. “I get you’re in this just for the money. But you won’t be cashing those checks much longer if you don’t wake up.” Perhaps funniest of all was a General Hospital fan that tweeted Jean’s words back at her, “How do you know?” Twitter Ads info and privacy Those words are a call back to the last big Twitter war Jean got into with General Hospital fans. When a fan tweeted to her, “Neither Jason nor Helena were on that damned island! They can’t just rewrite history!” Instead of acknowledging that they were changing history (as every fan watching the show knew), Jean snarked back, “How do you know?” launching a nuclear tirade from outraged fans. Still, Jean Passanante wants to tangle with fans on Twitter. Why? Twitter Ads info and privacy Ratings Up Slightly, But Down Overall Recently on Twitter, Jean was asked about the stories circulating that she and co-writer Shelly Altman face firingfrom General Hospital. “Thanks but those are just rumors,” Jean replied. But what could Jean say? It’s not like a writer would admit that they’re facing a firing because of staggeringly low ratings. But all soap fans know low ratings mean heads will roll. When ABC fired Ron Carlivati as GH‘s head writer, he had 13 straight weeks of low ratings. Jean and Shelly just finished 18 weeks of shockingly low ratings, according to Soap Opera Network, who tracks all four soaps. In the most recent report, General Hospital pulled up slightly, but in the 18-49 demographic, GH tied its all-time low for a third straight week. With ratings hitting rock bottom, a writer antagonizing fans makes no sense. Twitter Ads info and privacy Despite Jean Passanante’s denial of trouble in the GH writers’ room, there have been rumblings around the soap blogger-sphere that the “Jelly” team has until the end of summer to rebound the ratings, or they could be out the door. Also, troubling is the leak from Daytime Confidential‘s Jamey Giddens that Michael Easton is looking to exit GH. Perhaps it’s because Easton fears cancellation. With Ratings in Trouble, Should a Writer Fight With Fans? Even if fans don’t share Jean Passanante’s outlook on General Hospital, it seems a strange time to provoke outrage when the ABC soap needs every viewer it can get. Clearly, GH can’t afford to lose any watchers, yet this is the second time in the last few weeks that Jean has engaged in a fracas with dissatisfied fans. Will the powers that be at ABC Daytime muzzle Jean? Many General Hospital fans are worried that the network is letting GH bottom out in ratings intentionally so they can cancel and replace the soap with a cheaper-to-produce daytime talk show. Not every soap is dying, although Days of Our Lives is also under the gun. CBS’s two soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, are thriving. Can General Hospital survive? Watch for updates on the GH writers’ fates and other General Hospital spoilers. 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