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  1. Jonah was styled to look like Manson, (scruffy bread, long hair), both stories played on pop culture fears about the use of LSD, he used young women to do his bidding like Manson, and the story began at the time of the Manson trial. So, that is at least four ways to suggest that it is not outside of the realm of possibility that Slesar was inspired by the events.
  2. Didi and her police lover Calvin were always supporting characters although her performance during ISIS was memorable. I'm surprised that you've neglected to mention Cliff. Although he disappears from the canvas during the later years, he is a treat for when you revisit the Slesar period. When I watched originally in the 1980's I had no idea that there had been a change in head writers. However, at the risk of stating a controversial opinion, I think Slesar may be a bit overrated. His long term plotting was excellent and he created many unique characters. However, upon reflection, there was also a lot plot pilfering. Draper on the run after a prison train wreck and hiding in an abandoned circus owes a lot to the TV version of The Fugitive. There are obvious inspirations between the Keith Whitney story and Charles Manson. The Serena Faraday plot shares elements with Sally Field's popular tv film Sybil. The Clown Puppet murder story seems reminiscent of the contemporaneous Anthony Hopkins' movie Magic. And Faux Sky Whitney's stay at the Bryson Clinic for International Spies in need of Plastic Surgery may have been inspired by the Humphrey Bogart film Dark Passage. While it could be argued that many soap writers have "borrowed" ideas from other genres, I find the prior film fingerprints all over so many of Slesar's stories devalues my opinion of some of his creativity.
  3. https://deadline.com/2020/10/the-masked-dancer-craig-robinson-host-masked-singer-spin-off-fox-1234604904/ It is amusing, but how could anyone identify a masked dancer? Dancers don't have signature moves that would translate to a masked competition. Call me when they do the Masked Artist and I'll be there in front of my TV.
  4. You elicited so many great EON memories. I'll start with what you described so well as a "waterfall of interconnected mysteries". It was excellent plotting to have each story meld into the next. I still recall being honestly shocked by the identity of the Clown Puppet Murderer (no spoilers as per this thread's title). Blame it on my youth, but I recall at the time thinking that this was a new plot that had nothing to do with the ongoing story, so I was delighted to see how it all evolved and culminated into the mystery surrounding Sky. Extenuating circumstances, such as Larkin Malloy's injury, slowed the pace of the plot and may have contributed to a dip in viewer support. All of the prior plots were told interwoven and quick, but the Sky story (as much I enjoyed it) did tend to go on and on. I'm still a bit confused about his alter ego who also had a missing identity and how they all loved Valerie Bryson, but that's water under the bridge. Agreed on Chris Egen, she brought back the police element that began to slip away a bit after Deborah and her Rookie's-like-trio (very old reference that some gen-y-er's may need to google) left town. Loved Alicia and ISIS. First, she was one of the only real adversaries for Raven. Martine and Jody were no match for Raven's wit, and were certainly never a threat when it came to romantic interests. Alicia made Raven insecure, which was not a weakness that Raven allowed herself to feel, but it demonstrated to the audience how much Sky meant to her. Also, I loved the way that ISIS played into the pop culture of the time. People like Mike Karr turning into literal couch potatoes, the ubiquity of cable boxes, and the privacy fears of satellites. The disco that played subliminal messages was pure paranoid camp and it predated John Carpenter's movie They Live by a couple of years. I enjoyed the Alicia/Logan pairing and again was really surprised by the outcome. Obviously, given my username, I am an old school Swifty. The Corell sisters were a low point. A 40-year-old virgin was not the person I envisioned for Miles after Nicole's death. But, I still associate Marcia Cross with EON not Desperate Housewives. One of the worst recasts ever. They immediately put her in the frat mystery story, she sank like log, and then she spent the rest of her time on the show on the back burner. Her breakup with Preacher wasn't because they were poorly suited, he just got bored of her tight ass ways. I need to know more about your thoughts on this matter because to this day I adore Sky & Raven. Unlike every other soap couple, they never tried to domesticate each other, they were true partners, and as an audience member, you knew that they were very experimental in the sack (after all Sky employed a leather daddy as his butler and Raven had "European desires"). Again, I think extenuating circumstances like Sharon Gabet's pregnancy diverted some plots, (like Raven's very long kidnapping), but overall they seem like a very modern couple. A couple of things that went unmentioned in your post that I loved of that period. The female friendships between Mitzi & Jody, Raven & April, and Nicole & Nancy were refreshing. The idea that everyone had a career and a specialty that they brought to the story, even paleontology. The lack of kids and baby fever (with the exception of my namesake Jamey) made the town feel so mature and cosmopolitan. The awesome sets like the Cavanaugh penthouse and the ISIS building. And the humor of characters without being silly.
  5. Brad showed tush on the Y&R primetime special, (which may have been broadcast in conjunction with that year's daytime emmys). My memory of CBS's tush tour was that it was especially homoerotic because it was rarely organic (i.e. when else did Brad and Jack ever have a discussion while showering together at the gym?), and each scene always involved a tight shot of the butt and then a slow pan upward.
  6. @Paul Raven I was thinking of exactly the same examples when I saw the title of the thread. The Frames became a core family and were represented through Frankie and Sharlene until the end of the show. Clarice is such an interesting case because she came on the scene as a supporting character, but wound up having not only her family (the Hobsons) but also her husband's family (the Ewings) built around her. It could be argued that at one period in the late 1970's to the early 1980's from her involvement in plots with Ada, Iris, Cecile, and Sally, she was the central hub of the show. Also, I appreciate the distinction you made between characters who were introduced as the first member of an already planned family, versus those whose family were created as after thoughts. The after thought families usually had more complex family trees to explain all of the long lost siblings, wives, and children who just happened to move to the same small town (e.g. Michael Hudson's clan).
  7. OK, am I being trolled (lol)? A couple of weeks ago I wrote a long post about the failure of repeat-named characters and got no support, and now there are two more examples in a different thread...
  8. I co-nominate Hope Williams (DAYS) and Laura Spencer (GH). Both women were wild teens. Laura was overwrought with emotion, she would have fainting spells when she found out that Leslie was her mother, and eventually she shot her mother's lover. Hope was kissing older boys, she was horrible to Julie, and she had to be sent to boarding school because she was getting into so much trouble at home. However, once they started dating the local bad boys in town (Luke and Bo respectively), they became damsels in distress, always in need of being saved from criminals, and frightened by the mere thought that their boyfriends would be exposed to danger. It got to the point where these two tough teens both began to be referred to as "princess" by their love interests. Although they both had a brief resurgence in the 90's when they founded their respective cosmetics companies, eventually they both subverted everything they always wanted as kids and became a sidekick to men who weren't nearly as complex or interesting, and would eventually abandon them. If 15-year-old Hope or Laura were able to predict the future and see what their lives would be like living in tiny homes in the same town that they were raised, I bet both of them would have gagged. Compare them to Julie (DAYS) or Raven (EDGE) who became partners with their husbands, solved crimes, and got to lead international lives filled with glamour. Those women never had to wear cop uniforms, or granny frocks, and they always occupied one of the largest homes in town.
  9. At the risk of expressing an opinion about a fictional town, has anyone discussed the need to defund the Salem PD? They can't solve a crime, international criminals live in their midst, and now a former detective (who was once an FBI agent) can't even protect his younger sister from crime. That town should put more funding into the Horton Center, (in order to educate the citizens about surprise pregnancies) and University Hospital (for their groundbreaking work on removing computer chips from brains), and less on their law enforcement officers. Also, after years of no contact with anyone from their former lives, Eric and Rafe left town at the drop of a hat once someone from their past showed up?
  10. Please forgive me in advance because I no longer watch daily and I mostly follow the story here and on blogs How did they write out the Hernandez family? I've completely missed how/why they left Salem and if the writers at the time left open the possibility of their return.
  11. I think there is an interesting new topic of discussion of actors who were cast because they were muses for certain writers or producers (i.e. Kevin McClatchy) Although her slap fight with Erica remains memorable, and this may be controverted, I would say that the repetition of the returned-past-lover/bitchy-romantic-antagonists on AMC (Barbara, Cynthia, Racquel, etc..) diminishes their icon status.
  12. I guess we can site DAYS Mike C Manning (Charlie) as the opposite of the trend of this discussion, a gay actor who was out in the press prior to being cast on a soap. He is a hopeful example of the liberation that gay visibility has brought to the acting profession.
  13. I'd love to know the economics of these types of stunts. Does he get a cut of the photos that are sold or is he playing the long game of keeping his name in the press to attract future casting agents?
  14. I wholeheartedly agree! I often don't have the patience to watch entire old episodes online, but this series is so entertaining because they distill the history into bite-sized pieces. The music and the editing make these addict-ably watchable. I also adore their annual reviews and longer character pieces. I am especially bemused by the titles that they gave to certain characters in the older profiles on the channel, such as Tangie Hill - The Brief Citizen.
  15. How did she allow herself to leave the house (let alone be filmed) in that wig?
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