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    BTS harassment at Y&R

    I’m that poster. Again, Griffith is a temp replacement for Lisa; the show let her have time off. She hasn’t been fired.
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    2018: The Directors and Writers Thread

    Beth quit because of Mal’s treatment towards her. Lisa is temporarily off the show for a very personal reason; I won’t say more. The show graciously gave her time off and that’s all I’ll ever say about it. Everyone is hoping she’ll be back soon!
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    2018: The Directors and Writers Thread

    Yes. Her temporary replacement is Josh Griffith. She wasn't fired. I can't delve into the details, but Lisa wasn't fired & Josh is a temp.
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    Emmerdale: Discussion Thread

    I’m a sucker for a big soap party... Maybe I’ll tune in.
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    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    I can agree with this list.
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    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    Agreed. Even though AMC has been off the air for a long time, people still know Erica Kane and the title All My Children still means something.
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    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    Indeed! Without ATWT setting the bar and the template with the help of Agnes and Bill, we don’t get the soaps’ greatest period: The 70s. OLTL, AMC, and Y&R really shook new ground and played up what ATWT had created.
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    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    It’s a very broad topic with tons of variables, but I’ll play: Greatest Soap (US) As the World Turns: It was the first half hour soap and really set the tone for a modern TV soap opera. The cultural impact goes beyond JFK’s assassination. At one point, people discussed Bob, Lisa, Nancy, Penny, et al as if they were real, breathing people. Moreover, its twenty-ish year run as TV’s number one soap was something that had never been done before. The show was co-created by Irna Phillips, Ted Corday, and Agnes Nixon. Their impact on the industry alone came to a head on TV after years spent working together on radio soaps. Bill Bell also served as a writer on the show, and, with Irna, co-created TV’s first super bitch, Lisa (who, I’ll always hold was the real springboard for Rachel, Erica, Jill, etc.). It was also the first soap (in my eyes) which finally cast off the traditions to radio and fully embraced TV. Yes, ATWT lost its way (which soap hasn’t), but it truly set the bar by which all other soaps were measured. If you watch an episode of ATWT from its first 20 years, they always grab you and remain relatively fresh today. Greatest Soap (UK) Coronation Street. I really don’t like it, but I will fully admit that it is the greatest soap to come out of the UK and it remains a ratings & awards champ to this day. Ha! I was writing my answer when you posted yours.
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    All My Children questionaire (please help my thesis)

    I started watching AMC in utero, but my first memories of AMC begin on Thanksgiving Day, 1990 which I believe was Kelly Ripa's first episode. Since my mom watched AMC from the first episode, it became something of a touchstone in our house. I believe I was always aware that the show had writers, but once I started buying soap opera books, I became fully aware of Agnes Nixon and her importance on the show and genre. I believe that first time I noticed a difference in the writing of AMC was when Disney bought ABC (1994-95-ish). They changed the classic falling picture opening to the one against the white background...and I loathed it. That was the beginning of the end for me as the show seemed to lose its fun, its drama, and its heart. I always loved AMC because I believed in Pine Valley and its residents. It's hard to explain, but it was a TV show which had a heart, fine stories & fine dialogue, excitement, drama, the whole lot. You had nuts like Janet, tortured heroines like Natalie, warm mothers like Mona & Ruth, stand-up guys like Trevor, hunks like Dimitri and, of course, Erica Kane. AMC always felt like home to me, but, alas, that home was systematically torn down from 1994-95 until the very end. It's a fact that still breaks my heart to this day. (PS: The only time I've ever cried while watching TV was the death of Harold the Dog. Ugh. That was hard.)
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    Best Soap Opera Opening

    Thank you! That’s going on the iPhone tonight! 😀
  11. Has anyone else seen this...? Welcome to my home!! https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/09/welcome-to-my-home-video-brenda-dickson-well-hello
  12. Trash article. CBS has never owned any part of Y&R; the license the show from Sony which distributes it, not CBS. Corday owns 1% of the show, the Bells own about 20%, and Sony owns the rest.
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    Emmerdale: Discussion Thread

    Lachlan’s off the show? I loved the actor, but loathed what they did to the character once he became obsessed with Belle. I suppose it’s safe to look again, but they need to cull the Dingles. Inbreeding should’ve done that by now...
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    Emmerdale: Discussion Thread

    You're right. I remember reading a few years ago that the reason a lot of Americans (like myself) enjoyed EMMERDALE was that it was a different pace, in an idyllic setting where you could breathe and enjoy the story. Now that I know Ian is gone, I'll give the show another chance. It always pains me when I give up a soap I've loved for more than a decade (All My Children, One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless), so I'm willing to see what happens next...for better or worse... Although, I've been loving Hollyoaks for the last six months - hands down.
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    AMC Tribute Thread

    Thank you for sharing this link. I hadn't realized how much I've missed seeing Susan Lucci on my television screen. Gosh, I miss AMC something bad right now.