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  1. Showing a character having breakfast with a box of Cheerios nearby seems life-like and completely "normal". Having a character suddenly deliver a soliloquy about "whole grain goodness with no sugar added!" is just utterly cringeworthy.
  2. I watched the premiere. (I was a young teenager.) The title "Number 96" seemed to be a play on "Number 69", indicating there would be some fairly explicit sex, but there wasn't. It followed the basic format of "Soap", indicating that it would be funny, but it wasn't. At the very least, you'd think it might feature some well-written and well-acted serialized storylines, but it didn't. It featured some downright ludicrous scenes, such as a woman carrying on a long conversation with a liquor bottle as a cliffhanger. It was just really bad, really poorly written, and awfully stupid.
  3. While the Adam storyline was fairly wretched, Dr. Lang was definitely one of the "highlights" of the show. Even when he wasn't sabotaging his own tape recorder, he managed to bluster through the entire ordeal with the most awkward, unintentionally comic presence of any actor who ever appeared on the show. There were times when he even appeared to be attempting to out-vamp Grayson Hall.
  4. I sometimes forget how beautiful Finn Carter really was.
  5. Yep. Even when Victor TROUNCED Terry Lester's Jack, it was always a hollow victory, because Terry Lester shrugged and said, "Aw shucks", went back to chasing women, badgering Jill, giving John Abbott and Ashley fits, and didn't seem to give Victor much thought at all until their next confrontation. Peter Bergman's Jack always appears to be stewing and pouting about Victor.
  6. It's a lot of fun reading these summaries! It's interesting how sporadic Ansel Scott, Mrs. Nadine Alexander, and Raven Alexander are on "The Edge of Night". They pretty much dominated the October recap, were missing entirely in November, and they're dominating again in December. Were these actors on contract, or did they just appear whenever Henry Slesar wanted to give the Karrs and the Drakes a break?
  7. I always felt that the most defining characteristic of Terry Lester's Jack was his "devil-may-care" attitude. Never made any difference to me how handsome he was or how charming he was. That all went out the window with Peter Bergman, who always seemed too methodical, poised, practiced & meticulous to be Jack Abbott.
  8. His talent was definitely behind Y&R's success, and so was his vision. As long as he was around, the show was a unique product -- from the stylized acting, to the moody lighting and music, to the sometimes repetitious and awkward dialogue. That was all part of the appeal of the show. Some of us loved his show; other viewers found it stilted and unnatural, preferring the more "real world"-based look and sound of the P&G shows or the ABC shows. But Bill Bell didn't waver. Y&R was exactly what Bell wanted it to be, and once he was gone, so was the unique identity of his show.
  9. I'm no authority on Agnes Nixon or Irna Phillips, but Bill Bell had a habit of dropping characters without much explanation and then, out of necessity later on, "back-pedaling" to explain where they'd been. He ALWAYS did that. Sometimes his "back-pedaling" was logical, and other times it wasn't, but normally you could visualize his thought process. In the mid-1980's, he dropped Julianna McCarthy (Liz Brooks) to recurring, as Liz wasn't receiving much storyline material and was interacting solely with her daughter Jill. Eventually she just vanished without a trace. About a year later, h
  10. Yep, it's nice to know that Fenmore's is THRIVING around the world, while Macy's struggles. Guess Macy's should turn to Lauren for advice, assuming they can find her in an appropriate coffee shop or restaurant in order to have a board meeting with her. And what's so bad is that Fenmore's actually had some financial problems for about 5 minutes a couple of years ago, but since that storyline seemed rooted in reality, they dropped it pretty fast.
  11. I think his name was "Brent".
  12. Whether "Dallas" was too male-oriented is probably debatable, but I don't think there's ANY question that David Jacobs's original idea for the show was a rivalry between J.R. Ewing & Pamela. In the original story projection, didn't Bobby Ewing DIE, and Pam took over his place as JR's chief adversary? And the show nailed this aspect on so many different occasions (such as the reading of Bobby's will, when Pam is named as the trustee of Christopher's shares of Ewing Oil). Without Victoria Principal's Pam character, there was just no show left anymore, because from Day One, she was the c
  13. Brenda Dickson's Jill always seemed a bit GRANDIOSE for the workplace. And her favorite line was always, "What do YOU want? Can't you sheee that I'm bisshy?" (while polishing her nails)
  14. The man in Mississippi who had a stroke from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine also had a stressful job and SEVEN kids. I was inclined to think his stroke might be more attributable to the 7 kids than to the vaccine. But that ended the J&J shots in Mississippi.
  15. It was difficult for Marland to pen a one-on-one scene, because so many of his characters tromped around in big herds like buffalo.
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