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    Gay Characters in US Soaps

    I used to write stories and mini soaps for fun growing up.. and I had envisioned a 21st century Knots Landing type.... with the Abby Fairgate character type of character (shaking up the peaceful zen feel of the cul da sac, etc) with a gay male character that all the women loved and the men took time to warm to with one or two of the men eventually getting it on with this guy and breaking up the marriage
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    It would have gotten a second season if Andy and Bravo weren't obsessed with thinking the Salahi's were the only interesting thing about it. You had Cat and her British abruptness that threw everyone for a loop especially Stacie (I loved how Cat totally read Luann for filth on WWHL).. Mary was such a ditz yet had a nice husband and her oldest daughter had some fun stuff going on (back when the show gave camera time to the kids).. and Lynda was such a boss.. the greek chorus with a great looking boyfriend and fun career... and Stacie was the normal one (with a fascinating backstory). When Cohen and co opted not to do a second season was when I first thought that Cohen should have been replaced with someone that could see the bigger picture and not focus on just the train wreck factor.
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    Gay Characters in US Soaps

    As a gay male, I'd prefer if modern day soaps not feature gay characters because they either make them a joke, a walking PSA, or just write them as wall dressing instead of an actual 3-D character (of course, that same argument would fit every character on every soap nowaday).
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    "The Conners" Discussion Thread

    I love that Lecy's worked off the acting rust.. and has become a pro at deadpan comedy delivery. I always felt Becky got the shaft starting in season 5 (yes, Lecy left for college.. but even during her return in season 8... the show still didn't utilize her at all). With that said, it is still a little weird not having Roseanne there delivering a wisecrack.. but I think in season 2.. it won't feel so weird (stages of grief I guess LOL)
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    Gina needs a pink slip from bravo for Christmas.
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    As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    From what I've read, Marland was upset that the scabs burned through his story outlines at a fast pace. I don't think the show ever got back the momentum established in 86-87 after the strike. It was decent, but it seemed much darker than the show was before the writer strike. And I hate to say this, but I thought the day to day episodes were less cringe (in terms of dialogue) during the 1988 strike than it was when Marland was around.. but the pacing/stories were all over the place.
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    As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    I do recall Stephanie being mentioned when Mike first came onto the show... he had a disdain for Evan/Rosanna... and Rosanna confronted him.. and he had revealed that his sister Stephanie married a wealthy guy and forgot about the family (i.e basically abandoning the family).. and that left a sour taste in mouth for anyone wealthy. I know that when Mark/Sara joined.. that the show had mentioned next casting for Nora.. and once that happened and the mom was settled would look into bringing Stephanie back (the child that married into money to escape the alcoholic father..and mom who enabled that behavior). I recall the show was casting for the mother (Nora).. but than backed away from casting her for some reason (perhaps a change in writers/regimes.. maybe).
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    Looking back...Primetime Ratings from the 80's

    That was because Knots Landing had the Jill/Val story all season.. and I swear that story kept the show afloat.. as well as the hilarious Abby/Greg political marriage.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    If Dallas comes back for season 4.. they need to shake up the cast to keep it from going toxic.. so I say let go of D'andria, Brandi, or Leeann.. and add a new housewife.. someone brand new to Dallas and slowly merge her into the cast (the shows used to let us get to know the new housewife for two episodes or so before introducing her to the other women.. worked much better).
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    Wow... this is why I'm glad with my brain and not with emotion
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    I think you might be right, but I do think Dennehy had the tortured quality that Garrett had as Holly back in the 70s. At the same time, Dennehy and Aleksander had more chemistry as a couple than Stringfield and Aleksander did as well. Plus, Stringfield was 21/22 when she started as Blake so she looked young enough to play daughter to Garrett/Zaslow as well.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    So I've been watching the 1988 videos recently reposted on Youtube.. and I actually think I know get why Blake was eventually recast with Sherry Stringfield in mid 1989. I think once the plan was officially in place to bring Beth into the picture, the actress playing Blake had to be replaced since Elizabeth D had spent a year playing Blake as tortured and remorseful, plus she and Grant A had chemistry. The second that Sherry Stringfield walked into the room on her first day as Blake, gone was the tortured public relations guru. Sherry S was anything, but tortured. She had a sarcastic wit (just like her mama Holly) and was much colder than Elizabeth D was in the part without any of the torture/angst. You could buy her being the heavy in Phillip/Beth's love story more so than if Elizabeth D kept playing the part.. imho.
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    Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    RHOC reunion Tamra is cold-blooded, but I can't say that I feel sorry for Shannon being duped by her.. because Gretchen did warn Shannon a few years ago on WWHL to watch out for Tamra. However, I do think Shannon needs to take a restraining order out against Gina... talk about obsessed/creepy.. yikes. I think Gina, and Andy Cohen, thought that viewers would embrace Gina because her story was a lot like Camille/Kelsey's story. The difference was that we all knew Kelsey Grammar for years.. and even saw him on the show several times (even getting a few talking heads).. and Camille was interesting, fascinating, and yet evil (and I still believe her claims about Kyle to this day). I'm really hoping Gina is a one and done girl because she offers nothing interesting, nor new.
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    "The Conners" Discussion Thread

    I do like Crystal coming in for guest spots. I do think once Crystal was phased out in the 5th season that the quirky/pathetic soul role went to both Nancy and Jackie. And I was one of the few that never liked Darlene with David. They worked as first loves, but not in the sense of being end game.
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    As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    Wow... why don't we just agree to disagree and move on from this topic? I do admit to loving holiday episodes on the soaps (and will watch older holiday episodes from the 80s/90s online). The one thing I wish modern soaps would portray is the chosen 'family' vs biological family aspect of life. I'd love more scenes of Friendsgiving and friends celebrating Christmas because I know a lot of people do that instead of trying to go home for the holidays.
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