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  1. This part of the plan amuses me in retrospect. I am willing to suspend disbelief that this was the plan of a 17 year old girl and her boyfriend, who had no prior scam experience. However, was Victoria expecting to be handed a large lottery style check? I think some ID, beyond wearing a similar wig, would be required for most bank transactions.
  2. I admired Dominique's ability to wiggle even while standing still and discussing mineral rights. Although, somebody needs to work on that lacefront, in 4k you could see her widowspeak and her hairline did not match. I also thought the mineral rights thing was very Dallas. No matter the size of the Carrington Manor, one doubts the neighbors in Buckhead would allow drilling. Which is how I predict Blake will rescue the house. Alexis will overspend on excavation and be forced to sell it back to Blake. They are doing an awful job of hiding Cristal's pregnancy. However, given th
  3. @Soaplover I'm left with some nagging questions to resolve. (1) Why did Andy and Jake have the last name of Harrison, if Max and Steve's last name was Holden (I'm guessing they shared the same mother, while Steve and Max shared a father)? Were all of the parents dead, or did any of them appear in Llandview? (2) Was the issue of Max being the son of Asa and Renee ever discussed while one of his siblings was in town? (3) Did both Steve Holden and Drew Ralston die in wedding cake related bomb incidents? (4) Was Al named after Gabrielle's father?
  4. I recall enjoying Andy, even though it meant retconning more siblings for Max Holden. It has been a long held pet peeve of my that writers defy logic by having characters come to a new town, then years later their long lost relatives happen to appear in the same small town, despite the fact that their family has no established roots in that city. Max lived in Argentina for years, why would his half-siblings from Texas try to find him in Llandview? That being said, Andy was an ingenue for her times. She was very late 90's in her aesthetic and character. The kind of girl who didn
  5. Admittedly I didn't watch the final two seasons, nor do I remember them with any detail. However, I was watching clips and it made me wonder about Alexis's housing during the series. I know she started living in her art studio on the grounds of the Carrington estate because it had been gifted to her by Blake. Then, (after she married Cecil?) she moved to her highrise apartment (penthouse?). I recognize the establishing shot as a condo building on Wilshire in Los Angeles. Finally, she appears to have moved into the hotel she owned. Here's my question - was that hotel the refurb
  6. Reading 1992, I forgot about Michael and Rachel's brief dalliance. Now that would have been a fun foursome later with Donna & Matthew and Rachel & Michael sparring and interacting.
  7. From today's LA Times which seems to contradict Page Six https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-05-13/what-the-end-of-ellen-says-about-the-changing-tv-business Several TV executives familiar with the matter said Telepictures has no plans to hold onto its “Ellen” time periods with a new show this time around, even though it was well-known inside the company that DeGeneres intended to leave at the end of her three-year contract. It's a very end-of-an era analysis which reminds me of when Passions went off of NBC and there was no soap sc
  8. I think there are a variety of "missed opportunities" when it came to John Hudson as a character. First, despite the build up there was really not a lot of animosity between John and Michael. I cannot think of a memorable fight, there was no backstory to support a rivalry, and they never seemed to differ on moral or ethical issues. Second, it was odd that Michael had three long lost children, (Marly, Vicky, and Nick) while John had none. A recently arrived older kid for John would have made more sense given that he was missing for so many years. By the time Michael found out about Nick it
  9. https://www.passionspodcast.com/ Very amusing recap of Passions from the beginning. A nice balance between appreciating the genre and making fun of the absurdity of this show in particular.
  10. I understand why it feels this way, but here's an interesting tidbit from the same article about Ms. Lazar's firing For better or for worse, it is a reminder that Cruz and Eden emerged out of audience support. It is further evidence that whatever the original plans/bible were for SB were re-written and re-thought. Which may be why re-watching the first year feels like a mess, with tangents, huge events with no consequences, and dropped storylines all over the place.
  11. Recently someone posted scenes from Kelli Maroney's turn as Tina prior to Andrea's 1984 return to role which I'm sure are searchable. Of course, Kelli turned out to be a poor fit for the role. However, your musing about Tina being present for the darker phases of the plot reminded me of those scenes. When Kelly/Tina first returned it was explained that she was working on an advanced business/marketing degree at UCLA during her time in Los Angeles. Bo noted that Asa was keen to make Tina his right-hand-man because Chuck had recently left the company. Obviously, that entire thread was dropp
  12. It's just so fun to feel the suspense about a soap again that I am going to ride the wave and try avoid spoilers
  13. My reasoning for Culhane was that we didn't see any of the rest of the family, and surely they would attend the funeral of either Jeff or Steven...
  14. It is undoubtedly less, because current budgets also have to account for licensing fees to Sony. By contrast, NBC paid New World to license SB at 30% of the rate that Sony gets today. So, the networks used to make more money through ad revenue then they do today because (just as a gross example) they used have a 30/70 split with New World (in NBC's favor because of the relative demand for distribution), versus a 60/40 split in Sony's favor today, because growing means of distribution through streaming has reduced the power of the networks. Last year's Dateline articles about the
  15. Evan was the guy touring the flooded church with the wedding planner (who conveniently told the whole event strategy of a "gold package" wedding to a stranger she had never met before) at the end of the season premiere? It is total soap logic that Fallon, daughter of Alexis, would trust superstition over sabotage as the cause of events.
  16. At risk of repeating myself, I just ran some numbers on the cancelled soap thread that were interesting. Santa Barbara debuted with an estimated production cost of $30 million for the 110 episodes produced in 1984 (it debuted in August). Which is the equivalent of $76 million in 2021 with inflation. DAYS entire production budget for 2020 was $26 million, meaning that they tried to produce almost 188 shows at 1/3 of the cost of SB in its first year (equal to how much SB spent only on sets). It is no wonder it is so dark in Horton Square, they can only afford to put on 33% of the lights.
  17. To quote Casablanca, "it's still same old story" - actors fired for cost then trying to find some causal meaning when interviewed by the press... Maybe the Dobsons were short sighted jerks, despite years in the business, or maybe they spent too much money making the floors in the Capwell atrium look like tile to afford such a large cast, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
  18. Can we take bets who is in the coffin? Liam is too obvious. I'm going with Culhane because Fallon's grief over her past lover will cause Liam to become jealous.
  19. I only dipped in and out of the prior seasons, but I will continue this year. Also, a Lachie Buchanan fan, but Station 19 isn't for me, so this is a good excuse to watch him. Plus the EW article mentioned that he's going back to the strip club, so that's a plus. I don't mind the speed because it is only an hour a week, so they have lots to get through. Fans often wish that old soaps would get replayed on streaming, but I just watched an old season of Dallas, and at 29 episodes per year that plot dragged by today's standards. I don't know if it was Culhane or Je
  20. I'm not good at mind reading, but from this article, it seems as if everyone freaked out at the initial low ratings (remember it debuted against an extremely popular summer Olympics games on ABC, and CBS was showing great success with the expansion of Price is Right), given the expense of the show (they built a new sound stage and the hand painted flooring in the Capwell atrium alone cost over $100,000 to make it look like tile but still be quiet enough for production) so like most decisions made to please the masses, they got rid of the outliers, which in this case meant the Latinx cast.
  21. Here's the only mention of Ruben's exit that I could find from the Tumblr Soaps of Yesterday's 1984 posts I find not only the Rosa/Mason relationship a missed opportunity, but also Santana as the Cinderella step-sister to Eden and Kelly, subsequent Santanas always played up the Brandon and Cruz angles, but I wanted more exploration of her motives based on growing up in the same house but with different privileges and an in-tact family. Did she resent Mason's devotion to Rosa? How did she feel about Kelly? Her upbringing seems to have been overlooked in order to make her in
  22. It is a smart move. NBC-U already has a contract with the Critic's Choice Awards which they show on E!. So, my prediction is the next move will be to move Critic's Choice to the network, give it a red carpet, and the Globes go the way of the Cable Ace Awards
  23. I feel like Roseanne Rosanadana getting all my "facts" wrong today. This make more sense. Was Keith the DA at the time? Because, he always perverted justice when it came to the Capwells and I stand by my assumption that anyone would have believed Kelly acted in self-defense. Just so I wasn't 100% wrong, I went back and checked and Joe apparently did work-study with the custodial staff to pay for tuition at Kelly's private school (who had apparently didn't do background checks when they hired former gigolo Peter Flint as their physics teacher). Warren referenced the issue wit
  24. Notoriously, I have the worst gaydar in the world, but did anyone else just learn that Keith Hamilton Cobb (AMC Noah) came out ten years ago? EDIT @Faulkner 's comment made me look further into the story and the info appears to be false from the actor himself - so I guess my gaydar isn't as far off as I thought - moral of the story, don't believe everything you see on Tiktok and from his own blog http://keithhamiltoncobb.com/site/arrogance-ignorance-and-a-little-innocence-and-reports-of-ones-homosexuality-can-end-up-being-greatly-exaggerated/
  25. I went back to look at the Cass and Steve iterations of the house. It is amusing that wall color and fabric prints changed, but none of the subsequent owners ever rearranged the furniture. Blaine, Jordan, Steve, and Cass all kept their respective sofas in exactly the same place.
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