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Everything posted by Emma1420

  1. It doesn't surprise me. The moment SBu came back I thought the writing was on the wall. I'm surprised he said this long. I thought that BM was miscast as Jason, but I like they wrote for Jason better when he was playing the role. His version of Jason was fallible, and so I found him more watchable, probably because his version of Jason wasn't stuck up Sonny and Carly's asses. I do think he'll go back to Y&R though at some point. I feel bad for JT. Because unlike SBu, I don't think the door is open for JT to come back to GH (if he wanted that).
  2. The cast is far too bloated. There are 30+ contract characters with another 30 or so heavily recurring. It's ridiculous, particularly when there are contract characters who are put in scenes with literally no dialog. I don't mind a love interest being cast for Lulu, but GH needs to have a one in one out rule. And FV needs to be limited to ex-OLTL hire a year. In terms of ML and BM, I think BM looks older. But, if they are going to recast Drew, they should find an actor who looks closer in age to RH and SBu. if Drew is supposed to be Jason's twin and Franco's foster brother, it would be good to find an actor who at least looks about their ages.
  3. If BM is out, then it doesn't surprise me. Once SBu came back as Jason, I thought the writing was on the wall. Especially, once they ended Drew/Sam so quickly without providing Drew another viable love interest. And to be honest, I felt like BM was miscast as Jason, and Drew didn't seem to have much personality. So I don't think it will be any great loss to the canvas. I just wish he could take Kim with him. I will be curious to see what BM will do next. It sounds like he doesn't want to sign a long-term contract with any soap, and I think that is probably a major obstacle for any of the other shows. I could see him going back to Y&R as Billy. In terms of EPs, I have a lot of issues with FV, but I prefer him over JFP. At least on FV's GH, I see characters like Scott, Bobbie, Kevin, Felicia, Mac, etc., semi-regularly, and that FV doesn't have an issue with KMc and others coming back for visits.
  4. They really didn't. And I never understood why. They just didn't seem to care about the Bauers at all. Alan Michael was only allowed to be a Spaulding, except for the 4th of July. Michelle eventually turned into a mob appendage, and RIck was only really permitted to be Phillip's BFF.
  5. I like Cain, but it's a little bit ridiculous the amount of stuff he's gotten away with. However, I find his spawn Debi to be far far worse. Debi's list of victim's is longer. Everyone she screws dies or in poor old Andy's case has to leave town indefinitely. She may not pull the trigger, so to speak, but she causes them all to go mad. I still blame her, in part, for Gennie dying.
  6. My biggest gripe was that Hope never returned to the canvas. Her absence, especially in the late 80's and 90's, was a little ridiculous.
  7. I don't think that so many UK soaps were as focused on star-crossed lovers like US or Aussie soaps. But, I do think they used to do a better job of balancing out the dark gritty stuff with the more light hearted/comedic stuff. And I always felt like the UK soaps were much better about keeping couples together for several years before breaking them up. I like many of the darker and gritter storylines. But, I need them to be balanced out, and I get tired of seeing certain characters rotate through partners the way that they do (David and Debi are prime examples).
  8. I've never minded the Dingles. Well I like Chas and Cain, and Marlon doesn't annoy me too much. The rest of them I could do without. I agree though that there is a general over emphasis on their stories at the expense of other character's stories. To me the two most compelling stories on the show right now are the aftermath of Vic's rape and then the grooming stuff with Jacob and Maya. However, they are both dark stories, and I feel like the show really needs something happier to balance those out. And killing off Lisa and having episode after episode of Dingles crying about her death (when let's be fair outside of Belle, I didn't think majority of them gave a toss about Lisa when she was alive). And outside of Chas & Paddy and their pregnancy, everything else seems pretty depressing. And if I wanted to watch something endlessly depressing I'll watch Eastenders instead.
  9. Most soaps today are so terrified of losing viewers that they won't dare do anything contemporary. Plus a good story needs to be well paced, and that is something that all four of the remaining shows struggle with. I mean Emmerdale in the UK has a storyline about a teacher who groomed and abused one of her students and then a date rape story that has resulted in a pregnancy (and a rape that at least at this point isn't being used as a catalyst for a romantic pairing). I don't believe there is one US soap that has the guts or ability to tell those type of stories anymore.
  10. I think that role was pretty close to impossible to recast. But, I do agree finding a decent actress who had great chemistry with Frank Dicopoulos or even Rick Hearst would have helped. The problem with the recast wasn't necessarily that she was a bad actress, she seemed fine, she just lack chemistry with her co-stars and was kind of bland. And at least for me, I'll take an average or even mediocre actor that can generate good chemistry and has some spark on screen over better actors who can't do that. I get over a crappy performance from time-to-time, I can't get over being boring. I think that is why Marcy Walker's Tangie always fell so flat to me. She was so bland and lacked chemistry with pretty much everyone, even though I though MW was a good actress.
  11. I didn't realize that. But, not shocking as Guza refused to really write for any African American character. Mind you he also had zero interest in writing for any character not named Luke, Sonny, Jason, or Carly.
  12. David and Gilly Grant were fantastic characters, and Monti Sharp had so much chemistry with everyone. I'm a little surprised that he didn't end up on another soap because he was such a great soap actor. He was a good actor in general, but not all good actors are good soap actors. The casting in the early 90's especially for the under 30 crowd was pretty terrific. Monti Sharp, Melissa Hayden, Nia Long, Rick Hearst, Melina Kanakarede, etc. Even Jocelyn Seagraves and Morgan Englund, who I thought were weaker actors, generally had good chemistry with their fellow actors, and worked well on the canvas. I think the fact that GL had such a long string of great casting made the rotating Hart's stick out more. I never understood why they recast Eleni. They should have killed off that character when Melina Kanakarede left. Because the writers clearly had no real interest in the character once MK left.
  13. I really liked Vivian as well. I think she, like many characters in 1996, were a victim of the rotating writers and change in executive producers. It stunk because I thought she was complicated, and while i think she was judgmental and at times pretty horrible, I understood why she was the way that she was. But, then 1996 was a mess in general. And the execution of stories was subpar at best.
  14. I tend to forget about Marland's contribution to the Lewis's. Although I also don't think Marland was just like most HW. He had his own pets and created a bunch of new characters. It's just that generally I tended to like his new characters. Mostly, because I felt like under Long's first tenure that it GL was becoming like Texas in Springfield.
  15. I haven't seen much of the mid-80's and so I can't comment on that, but 87 & 88 were terrible. And I wasn't a huge fan of Long. because she introduced not only Reva, but also Harley. And l hated Harley. However, she also introduced the Lewis family, and I thought they were a massive airtime suck. The best part of the Reva free years was that the airtime wealth was spread more evenly. But, mostly she was responsible for Harley. To be fair, I tolerated Harley during her first run (and I even liked Mallet with her), but her second run made me want to punch her daily.
  16. There returns were fantastic. They gave the show a much needed shot in the arm. Because the late 80's? Was not GL at it's best.
  17. But, honestly, I think that is true of every EP and writer that every soaps has had in the last 50 years. Even the great Doug Marland had his pets. It's the way that it goes. They all do it. And I bet most of them who joined established shows also talk about bringing the show back to it's core, or other such nonsense. I think GT has handled this situation with a lot of professionalism. And MS had to look out for herself. With far fewer soaps it's becoming increasingly rare to have a situation where if you were successful on one soap that you could hop to another soap for a few years and then hop back when you wanted to go home.
  18. Reva got it the worst of any of the characters. I suspect mostly because the writers were doing anything possible to keep her on the frontburner, even if they didn't have any decent ideas for her at the time. Although I also think that during the late 90's and early 00's that actors demanding to be kept on the frontburner seemed more of a thing. I rewatched a few of the episodes from the second half of 1994, and I had forgotten how stupid some of those storylines were. Alan-Michael spending a couple months crawling around on the beach. Alan doing a horrible Japanese accent. Etc.
  19. I think Annie is a great example of how far the show had fallen in the writing department from the early 90's to the mid-to-late 90's. Annie ended up becoming a cartoon. She was entertaining after Reva showed up alive, but, she was entertaining because CW made crap out of gold, not because she was a well written character (which I think bodes well for her as Nina on GH, given that GH is terribly written), especially after her intervention.
  20. I agree that very little seems dated. That period of the show holds up very well. While i suspect objectively 1991-1992 were the better years, I enjoyed almost the entire show until Reva showed back up in 1995. Although I tend to think that 1994 onwards the show wasn't as fresh and seemed to fall victim to more of stereotypical soap tropes the things I'd expect to see on the ABC soaps. The writing was just great back then. I understood the characters motivations, and even the weaker actors on the show (for example, the guy who played Dylan) never seemed that bad, because I understood why they were doing what they were doing. The only major misstep was killing off Maureen. And I think that was more to do with the fact that I didn''t think Peter Simon was a particularly good actor, and so I spent the majority of that storyline wanting him to just go away.
  21. Early 90's GL (the Reva free years) was probably the best soap on the air. Or at least I thought it had the most sophisticated and character driven stories out of the soaps on the air. Granted I loved the show during that era. Because most of the characters didn't fall into typical soap opera categories. Every character seemed to be able to make mistakes and get to be the hero at times. Even the "good" girls and guys, were flawed and made mistakes. No character was completely good or bad. Unfortunately, I think by the mid-to-late 90's that type of character development and storytelling was gone for good. But, early 90's GL? Was amazing.
  22. I get why she was hired at GL in the 90's, her first run on AMC wasn't bad. But, everything else after that I don't get. Because to me that tenure on GL was pretty terrible, although I do think a lot of that was decent ideas that weren't executed well. I mean there is no pitch in the world that could make Josh, the walking abortion, seem like compelling storytelling.
  23. How in the heck did McTavish ever manage to keep being rehired as a HW? I don't think there is one soap she was the HW on that I thought she was a good fit for. Okay, her brand of over the top stuff might have worked a little better on Days, but her stints on GH, AMC, and GL weren't very good.
  24. I would be surprised if it was Burton. I think he's on GH now until the end. I do think with only four shows left that more of the actors realize that there may not always be a show to go back to. I think Massey is a reasonable guess. Days seems to have more comings and goings with popular actors than a lot of the other shows do.
  25. I adored Ric! And to me it's a crime he's not under contract. He is a great gray character, and RH is so versatile. Plus he's got a kid and a couple of ex-wives in PC. I don't really understand why he's not on the canvas. However, I also don't get why Nikolas is dead or Lucky is MIA (okay Lucky I get as I don't think they'll recast the role, but Nikolas I really don't). I liked Hayden being Liz's sister, and given that she was pregnant with Finn's kid when she left, I think it makes sense to bring her back. I'd prefer the return of characters like Nik, Lucky, Ric., etc., though.
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