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  1. j swift

    Guiding Light discussion thread

    Let's put it this way: I don't believe Doug Marland ever intended for Quint to be tied to Chamberlains like that. Can you (or anyone else) expound on this?
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    Classic SOD Tumblr Goodies

    James Rebhorn played Henry Lange and Bradley Raines? Did he list professional creep on his resume?
  3. The "Love in the Afternoon" promo discussion in the DAYS thread got me thinking about my favorite and least favorite soap ads through the years. FAVORITES Note: I love those cheeky Santa Barbara promos about actors who left their prior shows but I couldn't find an example of one on YT 1. Peggy's White Wedding (Eastenders) I watched the beginnings of Eastenders when it played on my local PBS station but dropped off until years later when I saw this promo 2. Classic ABC promos (voiced by someone I thought was Ernie Anderson) still send chills down my spine 3. Of course, the "love in the afternoon" theme song was great, but I adore this alternate score of "Hooray for Love" Least Favorites What the heck is the "Heat of the Day"? And why would it be desirable? Take your pick, is it the song? the dancing? the hair? Or the sequenced dresses with white pantyhose? Reply with your best and worst, but please no mentions of "Real Greenlee's."
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    Classic SOD Tumblr Goodies

    Just for comparison sake, SB had Pamela's return to the Capwell dinner party in this issue and it was reduced to a paragraph in the weekly summary and no mention in the Comings and Goings. There is a definite skewing of the editorial coverage. From voicing a cartoon to acting in an action-adventure tv show, one would think that Tristen Rogers would have started to see that the pastures weren't always greener (and he should have passed it along to Fiona). Every issue that they mention the Barretts I keep thinking of the irony that Faison is coming and he will have a much larger impact on the history of the show 28 years later.
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    Y&R: Old Articles

    And she was presumed dead twice more in her lifetime? That's life in a soap town...
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    Y&R: Old Articles

    It is funny that you would ask that because I was reading a recap from 1979 and this came up: Jill entered L'Allegro and suddenly felt less alone ... Derek was there too. One thing is certain, she would not reveal that she was shocked to hear that Suzanne and he were planning to remarry. Derek, who did not want to let him know that he too was shocked by the news, explained that he was planning to resell the Chancellor residence and leave for the south of France with Suzanne. He would probably leave tomorrow. He would never see each other again after tonight. Which also made me wonder if there was a time when Kay didn't live in the mansion (or residence as it is called here)?
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    Classic SOD Tumblr Goodies

    A couple of other highlights from the issue Jason Bonderoff has yet another story about starting new soaps. This time after a confusing introduction we get the inspiration for most of the recent soaps. Bill Bell credits Brad with deciding that B&B should be about the fashion industry. Although, the article says that he could have sold CBS on an idea written on a matchbook because they were so desperate to replace Capitol. The head writer of Generations credits her good friend Brian Frons with pushing her to add the multiracial elements to her soap. Picky Picky wonders why beautiful women like Sheila and Cassandra on Y&R have to drug men in order to sleep with them. It's an odd issue when they credit the sensitivity of the "incest" story on ATWT, but they confuse Sheila's, and Cassandra's, nonconsensual sex with low self-esteem and poor values Finally, Nicolas Coster looks good no matter what age or silly costume
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    It may be because it is Valentine's Days but I am starting to come around to the "Heat of the Day" Two reasons, the editing of the scenes and the music is spot on which is not the same for the NBC promos. Also, primetime only needs one promo a week, but daytime needs so much more which must have been difficult creatively. BUT - "in the heat of the day/it's hot" is still an awful lyric
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    Best US Soap Scenes

    Any proper Erica Kane fan would have to defend her in this scene. It is an offense to have a local syndicated columnist be nominated for the same award as an astronaut and the world's shortest supermodel. Clearly, Erica should have always steered clear of any event called "woman of the year".
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    Classic SOD Tumblr Goodies

    4/2/1991 - Desert Storm is over We start with my favorite type of story, totally unsubstantiated gossip from behind the scenes. 1). Genie Francis was approached by B&B to play Caroline after Joanna Johnson left and she was desperate to find another role after DAYS. 2). Jeanne Cooper and Doug Davidson have the highest Q scores on daytime 3). An unnamed network (ABC) is paying young actors to take acting classes while on the job. No mention was made of the connection between those acting classes and a certain Hollywood cult/religion that was later revealed in the doc Going Clear. Then, there was more obvious goss - producers stuff the emmy ballots and Susan Lucci was the highest paid actor in daytime. Heather Tom and Kristoff St. John both got contracts on Y&R two months after they began on screen. Twin Peaks is tanking in the ratings in the second season. That SOD editor who loves Twin Peaks got in two mentions this week, including a report that more people watch it than DAYS or Guiding Light. Harlan Barrett, (Julia and Brenda's father), is being cast and there are big hopes for him being a leading man on GH. They got the guy from the Mod Squad but it is not Michael Ontkien from The Rookies, (who was on Twin Peaks at the time), so I am not interested. However, SB just fired an older male character named Harlan, so maybe it wasn't a good idea. On the other hand, Brenda having a father would have made for interesting stories when she started dating Sonny. A side story about Leanna Love on Y&R. I forgot what an odd character she was. However, the idea of a woman being "frigid" is a lost soap trope. Today all characters are down for a bed hop any time of day or night, so it was interesting to have a woman date five men and never want to sleep with them. BTW in the 1982 Y&R summary, they mentioned that Leslie moved away with the "Maestro", did they really only refer to him as Maestro in every script? The Dark Shadows primetime revival is also tanking in the ratings. For the life of me, I'll never understand the desire to remake a "cult classic". By definition, a cult classic has a small niche audience. Why did NBC, and later Tim Burton, think that a higher budget was the only thing missing from its mass appeal? I've always thought that the cheesiness of the original was a part of the attraction that one could never repeat on purpose.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    I'm reading the 1982 summaries and I have a question: How surprising was Quint's revelation as Sean (Henry's son and Vanessa's brother)? From the summaries, it seems telegraphed from the beginning. However, Vanessa was surprised so I was wondering if the audience felt the same way?
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    Y&R: RIP Kristoff St John

    In the Classic SOD thread, Kristoff's casting notice for Y&R was posted around the same time as his death. I found it remarkable that his casting was announced in the SOD issue immediately after the end of Generations. Also, that he was not a contract player at first makes his continuity even more of an accomplishment
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    Classic GH Thread

    I have a question: When Laura became Stavros Cassadine's widow, (after she returned the first time when Luke was elected mayor) why didn't she get part of the Cassadine fortune in his will? In the promo for Laura's return, they show Stavros putting this huge necklace around her neck. Didn't she get to keep any of the jewelry? She seemed to have all of her clothes, why didn't she pack her diamonds? I was thinking the same thing about why Jennifer Horton didn't get any of the Alamain fortune when she divorced Lawrence. Soap divorce law can be so unjust. I know it's a soap, (yadda, yadda, yadda), but I am wondering if there was any mention of this detail in the story?
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    It's odd that 30 years later promos were directed at a totally different audience. However, the 1974 promos are appropriate for their time. Heck, there was a show called How to Survive a Marriage, soaps were all about "contemporary drama" and navel-gazing seemed sophisticated.
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    I find those spots to be equally cheeky and charming (even if they made no sense with the characters and their respective plotlines). Lenore Kasdorf and Kristen Meadows were so great on their prior shows that it might have induced me to tune in.
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    I had no idea you were THE SoapFoxKirby, thank you for all of your postings So much fun, you even found the final one in the series, thank you If SoapPromoKing replies to this thread we'll have a YT classic soap trifecta.
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    NBC did have good print ads, even if the commercials weren't great ABC's print ads were always corny
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    You are correct sir However "still the one and we're really alive/still the one as the '80s arrive" is a terrible lyric Almost as bad as "in the heat of the day/there's a different kind of fire" - how many kinds of fire are there? Isn't that like saying there's a different kind of water? I was trying to find my other favorite ABC promo where they would show a scene from tomorrow's episode and you would have to guess the next line. Does anyone recall those ads?
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    On its own "What (in the Name of Love)" is a booty shackin' bop, but played back to back, that high note on "are we doing" becomes torturous Imagine how many times Hillary B. Smith and her contemporaries had to do those quick look to the camera moments for promos through the years? I bet they all have stiff necks and poor startle responses.
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    I think we've developed some interesting data: 1) We clearly prefer actual pop songs versus songs written for commercials 2) Recurring male narration, both for the familiarity of repetition and the idiosyncratic tone of CBS-Clarence saying "The Guiding Light" and ABC-Ernie Anderson's sticcado delivery 3) Hair tossing, lots and lots of hair tossing
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    Another least favorite was this whole campaign from NBC of Daytime Updates - too wacky
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    Best/Worst Network Promo Campaigns

    I only found this (the original by 10cc, not the remix) but, of course, I am more familiar with this as their theme
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    Santa Barbara Discussion Thread

    I just noticed two amusing Dane Witherspoon related issues about this post. First, note how much shorter he is than Robin Wright in the upper right corner photo. Then, consider how short their relationship must have been if she brought another date to the premier and Dane was fired four months after the show started, right around the time that this story was published.
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    As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    It is always interesting to note that Carolyn Crawford is an example of Marland not following his own "rules" about establishing new characters slowly and not centering them on stories immediately. It is also hard not to compare it with Bill Bell's "George Rawlings Murder" which wrapped up with Cassandra finally exiting Y&R in 1991; a few years before Carolyn Crawford. It was also a very long story that lasted more than a year which was not that unusual for CBS fans. However, it had twists and turns that unfolded in real time within the story. I recall the Crawford Murder didn't have a lot of clues, or other classic mystery tropes that would earn such a high stakes ending. I also don't think it helped that the appeal of Darryl, as played by Rex Smith, was not evident by any charm or charisma. So, the fact that Barbara, Margo, Vicki, and Frannie all flung themselves at him defied credulity. Each of those women were in relationships with men who seemed like a better catch. Finally, it's odd that the story affected the history of the show by creating Jennifer's backstory. However, I don't recall any mention of Darryl, or his daughter Carrie, once Jennifer was SORASed. Which, of course, had its own issues...
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    DAYS behind the scenes, articles/photos

    You can't underestimate the excitement of Ernie Anderson's (the voice of ABC's promos) tone in those vintage ABC promos versus this ponderous montage of men patting the heads of the women they loved. I recently binged the '80s and '90's promos on YT and NBC's were always cheesier and less appealing than CBS or certainly ABC. Remember "it'll excite you" or those odd typefaced promos with the action speed up? Spoiler alert: they don't hold up.
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