I can't with Epiphany as the drill sergeant for Sonny; so friggin cliche. Last week she was the mamma of all the wedding chickadees....just so lame. It's amazing that in the 21st century we still have only Mamie portrayals ala from Gone with the Wind! jeez.
This show is addictive right now even though I hate some of what they're doing. How is that? brilliant I'd say. And Hope will be further traumatized but that's good ol fashioned soap. I'm looking forward to putting Bo to rest and having Hope move on.
Yes, Jason reveal has been extremely well done; so much so that I almost forgot how dumb so many of the plots were under RC. And that they are replaying Robin's alive reveal with this Jason reveal, which just happened a few years ago not to mention and little Jake reveal. Monumentally lazy writing to keep bringing these folks back from the dead in a two year period. And Lulu: don't get me started on that hysterical bimbo's reaction to Dante getting some hoochie from Val. What is this? the 1950s? She's married into a mob family; her father is an insane, rapist/criminal. Come on...I know it's melodrama but this is paint by numbers kindergarten portrayal of sexual betrayal. The biggest problem with GH (which has been the case for years) is that the show is built around the criminally insane (Franco, Ava, Phyllis Newman (ha), Luke, Obrect (chief of staff!!!) and criminals (Sonny, Ana, Hornsby, Jason, Nicholas, Hayden) who get away with anything and everything. There's no hook in that. Everyone gets off, everyone comes back to life and yet they still do things like child custody trials between two mob bosses which is so absurd. And they can't hold on to the likable heroes like Patrick because the actor is fed up with the crap they've given him. This show is still a big hot mess. No matter how pretty it looks or how well acted the individual scenes.
GH is rebounding and without all the hoopla that Days is going through. Days should be pulling in higher numbers, such a shame but viewers have been so burned they aren't going to tune in like they used to.
Just finished watching Tuesday, Nov 10 episode and I have to say it was firing on all cylinders, not a hair out of place! I would put this show in the top three for emmy writing, producing, directing submission. Every beat the writers played...so smart...Hope scenes were riveting and I really liked Galen's portrayal of Rafe. I know the show has turned in some vastly improved episodes, but this particular show had it all in spades. Kudos and I hope it continues. Even though the show is as dark (depressing) as it's ever been; it's been griping and entertaining. And, yes, Peter Reckell can go back to retirement. Glad he has come back to honor the character's history but he's no longer needed; more drama without him.
He's gal Friday to Vickie Drummer...he's so not talented in the soap story telling department. No matter the mistakes Ron C made, no headwriter deserves to have a bimbo, non-writer looking over his shoulder, second guessing...
Even those Bo/Hope living room fantasy flashbacks are so strained between the two actors. It's so clear they hate one another. It seems worse than Tony Geary and Genie F. Clearly Peter R. limited his engagement and involvement. He's never been photographed during this brief return with KA; he barely promoted it on twitter. I'm glad he came back to please some fans but the story of Bope is over and I won't miss him. The best outcome, so far, of the new writers is how they've put Hope front and center again. She's likable and I think Rafe's crush is sweet and believable. He has no chemistry with Lanie however, who's just lacking acting chops. And thank you Albert Alaar for bringing back Noel Maxam. Such a fine daytime director.
Toups: who wrote/directed Thursday epi? Headwriter, Josh Griffith, was quoted in today's Tv Guide and Variety articles. I like his take on Days: There’s something unique and magical about Salem that allows for such eccentricity,” says head writer Josh Griffith. “We pull back the curtain on small-town Americana and reveal it’s crazier and wilder than New York City and everyone knows everyone else’s business. Your secret is never safe for long.”
Interesting tidbit about the writing: Next week Days airs its 12,713 episode. Rick Draughon, breakdown writer, had a FB post on Aug 19th where he confirmed he was writing the outline for episode 12,810. That's 97 episodes ahead of now, or around March 4. So if they tape five months ahead, the writing team isn't writing the outlines all the far ahead of tape date. But that does mean the long stories are being crafted 8-9 months before airing...That's just too long a lag time. That must also mean that Corday was working with the new writers well before March 2015 when they officially began. The writer change was in the works for months before March. They had to have had all these return contracts ironed out before March 2015 (for Bo, Steve etc...
OMG: Wednesday's episode was like watching Passions on a bad day. The fake coughing, Mae West in the chapel, Stitch and Ash with that stage makeup on (look like it was applied by a high school stage hand). Lord. I knew it was going to be a bad episode when Paul's raspy voice was back, when Michael and Kevin bantered like to caddy girlfriends, when Patti/Jack Nicholson showed up, Miss Shining...Just awful. I hope Lee Philip Bell was on an island without power and wi fi!
Tuesday's episode was outstanding; Culliton's script was flawless. My only complaint was Doctor Gay Dan and his drag queen date Nikki...All kinds of wrong, those two together. I'm sorry. Separately I can deal with each character/actor but together, no honey... Nicole suddenly looks like a drag queen with Daniel and there is NO sexual chemistry at all...it's kind of icky but I digress....Great episode. Love SSHayes!
Is there an 800 number we can call in to vote for who should perish in the fire please???? Dumb....Stitch should be gone but they're going with this mother daughter triangle? Why is Eileen on this show. The towering inferno needs to consume: Mariah, Joe, Colin, Lily, the chick who's helping Neil (awful), Esther (time for her to hang in the wax museum), Cane. And Noah should be injured and need plastic surgery so they can get a better actor. You can play Nadia's theme at the end of each episode; it still doesn't make it a Bell soap!
Ok. Monday's episode was fun. The Marlena/Eric/John moments were well done. Loved all the traditional soap elements they threaded through: Hope dancing in her wedding dress in front a mirror with evil lurking outside to ruin her; Marlena pining for her man and he returns to a teary embrace; Jenn/Adrienne snarky comments about one another with Jen dissing her as soon as she walked away; the boyz (Steve and Bo) crash land in the northeast corner of Kansas, close to Salem! Lovin it...(looking past the costume and set design)................