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  1. Oh, no indeed! I was hoping my response didn't sound catty. I legit feel like a slacker for not simply going back a few pages, especially considering it was mentioned a day before Ray's passing, which I came here to post about. Unpopular opinion, but I thought it looked good on paper. I remember people being upset at Zoe being a lesbian transwoman because it was perceived as just a way to get Bianca "with a man," but I wonder how that would play today. Jeff Carlson didn't half-play that character, that's for sure, and the chemistry was there with Eden. It would have been interesting to see her last longer or visit more, but I always felt she was such a character "of the time" that her politics would have softened over the years. Or, maybe Amy would have evolved into the character that Rosemary would go on to play on How to Survive a Marriage (feminist psychologist). Maybe she could have been one of the few characters allowed to see Tad as a pig and call him out on it. Re: Ruth's hair. I've been amazed by that poor nurse's cap holding on for dear life for years and years. You just know something's in there holding it up.
  2. Whoops, I guess I shouldn't have chosen to be lazy and not flip back a few pages (though I did find the energy to go back two years to see if it was discussed then). I agree with both of y'all so much re: McT. As much as some have tried to claim that the woman never had any business writing the show or that she was just a hack who did not care about the show or its legacy, that is just simply not true. A hack? Sure. Employed far longer than she needed to be? Absolutely. Destructive in the long-term? Yes! Completely ignorant as to what the All My Children vibe is? Not by a longshot - especially compared to who she immediately succeeded and preceded for her 2000s run.
  3. There's a certain soap uploader on YT, and I very often worry about his sanity/well-being...

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    2. DramatistDreamer


      Maybe I'm mistaken but I think I know who that might be. I don't subscribe but I have seen a few videos and yeah, it's a fine line between zany and bizarre. Maybe I'm thinking of someone else?

    3. te.


      I have to see this tbh. Can someone DM me the username?

    4. DemetriKane
  4. I can't remember if this has been posted here or not. It's been on YT for over two years, and I'm just seeing it for the first time. Courtesy of the actress playing the little girl. Of course, my biggest soap "Make-a-Wish" is to see every second of 70s AMC, but at this point, I really need to see this era of Anne and Paul before Elizabeth's death and Anne's descent into madness. We have a small handful of clips showing her raging hard, but what was she like on a day-to-day basis before her life came crumbling down? She's so bubbly and cool in the 1970-1971 episodes/clips, but what was the "mid-section" like for the character?
  5. Rest in peace to the stalwart unsung hero of AMC, a patriarch in every sense of the word. Susan is now the lone survivor of the original cast who stuck around and took the show into its 20th and 30th years. I hope she is in good spirits as she mourns the passing of a longtime friend and her beloved mom.
  6. That was the first (and only) time I watched the "current" Corrie as it aired, and it led to me falling deeper in love with the better eras of the show. I think any exposure is good, especially since it hasn't been seen on regular US television in maybe 20-30 years?
  7. I saw some episodes from the same period pop up on the BritishTV channel a few mornings ago. I really need Pluto to just release the schedules for their various channels. It's hard to decide to watch something regularly without it.
  8. Currently watching a TPIR rerun where one of the showcases is a salute to ATWT. Prizes are a new camera (a nod to Gunnar's job as a photographer), trips to New York and Spain presented by Meg Ryan and Frank Runyeon, a sailboat (where "Tom and Margo rekindled their love"), and an appearance as an extra on ATWT.
  9. Dynasty seasons 1-8 were on regular Amazon Prime with no commercials. DALLAS is the one that's on Prime via IMDb TV. Dynasty season 9 has always been available for purchase on Prime, and now the rest of the series is purchase-only. Peyton Place would be incredible on streaming. I guess it comes down to releasing them on DVD first.
  10. It's not a big deal to anyone but me, but I watched AMC for the very first time 20 years ago today lol It was the first time I ever watched a soap for myself and not just because someone else was watching it, and it began my long long loooooong love affair with our beloved genre.

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    2. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      @cct Jesse McCartney's JR caught my eye (I was 11, and he was a hot older guy - at age 14) in a scene with David at Pine Valley High, and years later, I finally looked it up to see what episode it was and found it to be 6/07/2001. I was so young, my thoughts barely matter, but I was into Laura/Leo/Greenlee the most.

    3. Taoboi


      Cool! Happy anniversary, @All My Shadows!!!


    4. SFK
  11. I know him best for scaring the every-living SHT out of me as a child in Tales from the Hood. Knowing that he was still alive and well all these years made it less scary, but now, I don't know...
  12. I think there's probably a -85934805% chance of anyone at all giving you grief over posting this on YouTube. There are literally hundreds of video clips of much more well-known soaps' theme songs (video and audio) online. You're not getting arrested or fined for posting this one. If you're still wary, you can upload the clip, send it to me, and I'll post it on my account. I ain't scurred.
  13. Gavin MacLeod's death is a shock even though he was 90 years old. I remember watching MTM growing up with the knowledge that they were all still alive except for Ted Knight. Now, it really is just Ed and Betty. On the other hand, Gavin is the first Love Boat regular to pass away. It just feels like another reminder of how long it's been since both of those shows were in their heydays.
  14. Bert really needed her ass kicked for this one, but it's classic soap. Real, raw, low-key a trainwreck because how in the world can this woman defend her philandering husband who has shat on her so many times, but extremely human. Poor hyperemotional Ed is trying to uphold what he's always been taught is right, but he's panicking in the face of that very bastion of righteousness degrading the morals that she herself had taught him. Flawless soap.
  15. These lists are just so pointless - one hundred sitcoms...why? Who in the world is out there comparing and contrasting Fleabag with Sanford and Son? So many of these shows have nothing in common other than the fact that they're comedies, but that's not enough to warrant comparison, IMO. And then you have The Simpsons at number-one lol Okay...
  16. I don't think it's a reunion for them to sit and talk about their specific storylines as much as it's all of these people with a shared experience (all of whom were on the show with at least half of the others) coming together to discuss the legacy of a show that made them all famous and that they all remain very connected to.
  17. RIP!!! The Rifleman has long been my favorite western, and the father-son chemistry between Chuck and Johnny was so strong and heartwarming. I hope they are reunited.
  18. Yes, that's a better comparison because of the longevity factor. Comic books, and even just the daily newspaper strips. I remember being a kid on the internet and learning how detailed the history of For Better or For Worse was, down to characters aging as the strip went on for 25+ years, new characters coming in and out, dramatic storylines, etc. If you don't know that that world exists, you're just shocked when you discover it. I'm starting to see that most of my friends who are my age feel the exact same way toward soaps. We're just old enough to have grown up with grandparents and others who watched, so they'll always mention how so-and-so is "still" on the show, but they really have no clue the magnitude of the genre. I'll never forget when I was in my high school US history class, we were learning about the early days of radio, including soaps, and my teacher (a man I truly loved and admired and is the reason why I now teach high school history) said that GL was "the first soap" and that Y&R had began on radio. I tried to correct him, but he assumed I didn't know what I was talking about and even tried to one-up me by mentioning Edge of Night, I guess bc it had been off the air for over 20 years then and clearly my 16-year-old self had never heard of it. Truly hilarious because I was spending so much time here on SON and at WoST at the time. Of course I knew Edge of goddamn Night, bruh. But my point is that this man, who was in his early 50s and literally grew up through the heyday of soaps as niche entertainment then mainstream and was a history teacher, was adamant that Y&R had begun on radio in the 1930s. It's ludicrous for us to even think about because we just KNOW a million reasons why that makes absolutely no sense. But literally anyone else under the age of 40 would have never questioned it.
  19. The difference has always been and will always be daypart. Even in the UK, the daytime soap Doctors gets peanuts in comparison to the primetime heavy-hitters. Emmerdale didn't get a whole lot of attention in the 70s until it went primetime at the end of the decade (I want to say 1978?). When looking at structural and institutional strength, I think a more apt comparison would be between UK soaps and something like The Simpsons, SNL, or Law and Order SVU. Those shows are chugging along on their past glory, and I think everyone involved (cast, crew, fans - everyone) knows that the best days are behind them, but they're doing well enough to keep going. You can do that in primetime, where a hit show can be a mainstream press item for years and years and years. Daytime soaps were mainstream for what, 10-15 years? The popularity soaps had in the 90s is long gone, and they have absolutely nothing to rest on anymore - nothing that will push them to be better and call them out when they are not. I've said it for years, but literally no one cares about daytime. It sucks because daytime once thrived on its own success with its own canon of hit shows, stars, and customs. It didn't try to be primetime because it had its own identity, and being daytime was not a bad thing. Mainstream popularity and approval was not needed because daytime people approved of daytime. I guess when everything blew up in the 80s, the thirst for being "mainstream" drowned out the satisfaction with being its own entity, and now we've just had to deal with crappy attempt after crappy attempt to win back that mainstream attention that really seemed to initially come along by chance rather than by design. I almost want to compare soaps to anime. I don't watch anime, never have, really know nothing about it, etc. But people who know and watch anime, really know and watch anime, despite it being a completely foreign world to someone who's never watched. That's basically the position soaps are in - except anime's popularity is way way wayyyyy more widespread.
  20. I agree with y'all, and I guess that's why I'm easier on soaps and other shows if they don't necessarily get it right. I'm not easy on them enough to still watch or support something I don't like, but I do think that "trying" is worth something. After being excited for a short while, I ended up absolutely HATING Luke/Noah on ATWT and thought they were embarrassing. But other gay men, especially the older ones who'd been watching the show for years and years, loved them. So while they just made me roll my eyes, I understood that they meant more to others. Still wanted that relationship blown to smithereens for something more fun, but y'know. GLEE. I hated it. But what it did for many gay youth can't be denied. I know that someone will reply that there were other majorly problematic things with the show, but my point is that it served tons of gay kids who otherwise would not have gotten that confidence boost or feeling of community.
  21. I plan to spend my afternoons and some weekends rewatching all of Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush, and I fully intend to write tons of filthy, messy, bitchy fan fiction about it this summer. I'm ready, boys.
  22. Would such a study really be reliable/accurate, though? Isn't it a thing that any studies on how many LGBTQ people there are (followed by any qualifier) can automatically be assumed to be lowballing numbers due to how many LGBTQ people are still in the closet? I'm interested in seeing what the numbers would be, then wondering what the numbers really are. I agree with your second paragraph. That's always been the thing with minority representation, period, IMO. You will never be able to represent everyone who fits into a community if that community is the one main thing those people all have in common. The Cosby Show didn't represent all black Americans, and Queer as Folk didn't represent all gay men. Sh!t, it's been a very, very long time (if ever) since daytime attempted to represent straight, white Americans outside of basic archetypes. I think, as viewers, we need to have that basic understanding before watching anything targeted at "our community." Just because the show/story is about gay men doesn't mean it's going to be entirely relatable to me...but it could be completely relatable to someone else. It's frustrating because if a soap insists on having one "gay storyline" running, each one of us will want it to be what we, individually, want it to be, and one storyline can't be all of those things.
  23. I think I still have a subscription to the website, at least I think they're still charging me for one. It was frustrating trying to navigate it from day one, so I never bothered trying to get into it via the site, but I was fine with continuing to pay for it just to show support. I'm ready to go looking for those early episodes, though. A new story every day - 250 or a year...did they ever really think that they could sustain that? Thankfully they ended up going full-on soap, but if not, it might've been interesting to see it as a weekly Saturday afternoon anthology (along the lines of something like Death Valley Days or INSIGHT) or even the week-long stories done alongside the regular TV season with summer reruns so that they only had to do 25-30 stories a year. I'm super curious as to how many stories they'd had planned out as they worked their way through those early months.
  24. I would pay top dollar for box sets of surviving episodes from across the show's run featuring Irna's commentary from the grave. Pure comedy! The Decades channel airs a nightly program called "Through the Decades" that highlights a lot of "this day in history" type of stuff, and there was a feature on ATWT on its anniversary. I think the only real clip they showed was from the early 60s episode where Lisa comes down the stairs to discover her male friend has been invited to have dinner with the Hughes family. There were some nice clips of interviews with Don, Kathryn, Helen, and Eileen from when they were taping Chris and Nancy's anniversary party in 1986. I wish they'd thrown a bone at EON.
  25. Yep. One of ATWT's biggest WTF moments for me was them bypassing what could have been a good, juicy bi-triangle in order to rush Luke/Noah together in the span of a handful of episodes. Pitiful. I'm still annoyed all these years later.
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