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  1. The Tennis Thread

    I was surprised at Cilic winning without much of a first serve today--his serve appeared to have deserted him. People remarked at how they thought that Novak had shown improvement but still appeared winded at some point in the match, so endurance might still be an issue.
  2. Y&R June 2018 Discussion Thread

    I guess Jack is as scattered and unfocused as the storytelling on this show.
  3. LATEST RATINGS: June 4-8, 2018

    Mal's numbers look worse than Sally's, by a considerable margin.
  4. The Tennis Thread

    The Croats on the come-up this weekend!!
  5. The Politics Thread

    I would imagine that every POC in Congress is at some point subject to racial slurs. That much about Congress is a lot like life itself.
  6. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    @P.J. My point was that TPTB had plenty of time. Wagner didn't go in her 70s like McLaughlin, it wouldn't have even had to have been a "final" scene. It could've been done 10 years earlier, as part of another story... just a simple "Good Night, dear". Soaps never think ahead, was my point. By the way, the NYT does interviews with people about their legacy, way before they die, you'd be surprised at the number of people who actually would like their laurels while they're alive. People like to know that they can actually contribute to the building of their legacy and how people will see them after they're gone.
  7. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    The Luke effect. Unfortunately, General Hospital found success with turning a rapist into a leading man (I still can't figure out how people accepted that) so it opened the path for other soaps' attempts at it. I wish I could say that it stopped at Luke but we know from Roger Howarth's character on OLTL, that that unfortunate "phenomenon" continued. Martha Byrne's Lily was what happens when the teen scene is so small, Lily became an avatar for every 80s teen scenario involving a self-absorbed whiny angsty young woman. The Molly Ringwald effect or whatever characters Molly Ringwald kept playing during the 1980s. It wouldn't have been so bad if there were other teens, particularly teen girls on the show (other than Meg, who didn't stay a teen for long). Having all these adults going to a teen's birthday/graduation party struck me as ridiculous. This was also done for Dusty and Meg. I think though that Lily was supposed to represent all the fragility of a sheltered, self-absorbed poor little rich girl but it often got to be a bit much. One reason why I'm always more interested to hear from writers because I'd love to know how many of these stories/characters were by the writers' hand and how much might have been pushed by executives with clipboard in hand citing market research.
  8. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    That seemed very detached compared to the episode they did for Chris Hughes. I'm surprised at how cool Bob was. When Don McLaughlin passed, he was choking back tears, it felt so genuine. Nancy was on longer, her episode should've consisted of more than a cluster gathering of black clad characters in small room but these were the waning days, the show had probably been packing up the set, so it was what it was. I'm indifferent to the Katie character but I wouldn't blame her for taking the focus from Nancy. If anyone did that it was Chris' ridiculous story.
  9. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    I had stopped watching too but isn't that episode posted on You Tube somewhere? I feel as if I saw it. I don't believe there was a funeral. I was surprised at how minimal it all was given Helen Wagner's long tenure and Nancy Hughes' overall impact on the show. The soaps always hide behind budget when they are called out for doing the least but they could've done better than what they did. Also what I could never understand was, given the fact that TPTB knew that they had declining ratings and there were other P&G soaps that had recently been canceled over the last several years and given the age of the actress, why couldn't they take the time to film brief scene, in advance, of Nancy saying "Good night, Bob". It made sense, since she delivered the first lines "Good morning, Bob". Once the actress hit 90 years of age, they should've made some type of plans. They could've added it as a part of a tribute and part of the show's final episode. I was really mad at ATWT for not bothering to think ahead. Then again, that had become the show's M.O. in their last decade-no respect for the show's history and no foresight for what could happen in the future.
  10. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    He's done a lot more TV than theater. His last theater credit is in 2007. Eric Sheffer Stevens
  11. The Politics Thread

    I don't know if anyone has seen this but the compilation of these statistics are quite interesting.
  12. Soap Stars - Where are they now?

    Watching Luke Cage on Netflix and I see Sean Ringgold (Shaun, OLTL) who portrays Sugar in the first episode.
  13. The Politics Thread

    Didn't Campos-Duffy basically turn her back on Pedro Zamora when she discovered he had AIDS? She and her husband deserve one another, both idiotic bigots. Speaking of another idiotic bigot, wasn't this man's summit with Kim supposed to render the nuclear threat completely over, according to him? To say, he changes like the weather would be an insult to weather and meteorologists everywhere. Is North Korea a Nuclear Threat or Not? The President Now Says It Is
  14. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    @Soapsuds Martha's not pictured there. That's Ann Sayre, and even though I like Sayre, I would still pass on this livestream. That's a definite.
  15. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    Oh, okay...I'm not on FB. I'd really like someone who is outspoken to answer what it was truly like from the production side and the writer's room, as that's something I've always been interested in. How much autonomy did a high-caliber head writer have? How much interference (there's always a degree of interference) did they have to deal with? How did this affect specific storylines and/or specific characterizations?
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