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  1. Daily Hotness

    Mine! (Just sayin')
  2. Best Soap Opera Opening

    The backstage drama sounds more interesting than what we saw on screen, LOL.
  3. Best Soap Opera Opening

    I agree that the writing for Dylan was weak upon Perry's return. When an enormously popular star returns to his former show and the writing is subpar, it is so disappointing. Such a waste. I wouldn't say Perry was considered higher ranked than Garth, who was listed first in the credits, and deservedly so. I think TPTB gave him the special credit and the end just to make him stand out and capitalize on his presence, since by then, the show needed all the help it could get, with Vincent Young and Daniel Cosgrove being such bland leading men, and with Priestly gone. I hope that writer or producer wasn't criticizing Perry doing the job for money, unless he, himself, worked on 90210 for free, LOL! Throughout my life, I have done the jobs I love for cash, and the jobs I did not love for cash. It's all about the money...for everyone. I'd love to know what they paid Perry to come back.
  4. Best Soap Opera Opening

    Actually, Luke Perry was enormously popular on that show, and 90210 definitely benefited from his returning, particularly with Jason Priestley gone. He did get a "Special Guest Star: Luke Perry as Dylan" credit when he came back, but for a star/character of his importance and popularity in the 90210 universe, that is not surprising. I'm sure TPTB wanted to cash in on his presence to help the sagging series. He has always been a working actor, steadily employed and doing many different things, including during his break from playing Dylan. What makes you think he needed cash and had his tail between his legs for finally accepting Aaron Spelling's persistent offer to return? I'm curious. Spelling reportedly paid Perry big buck$ to reprise the role. I wouldn't say no either!
  5. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    Billy Kay. Yes, he was talented and amusing, but not the typical vacuous "hunk" TPTB no doubt required for the role.
  6. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    I felt the same way about Marty West, who briefly played Shayne on TGL. There was something sweet and endearing about the lad, even though his acting skills were solely lacking. I actually felt kind of guilty, snaking on his lousy performances when the actor came across as an innocent puppy, LOL.
  7. Guiding Light discussion thread

    How depressing it is to rehash the dreadful Peapack years, and to remember how totally gutted, crippled, and unrecognizable TGL was during its final years. It staggered to cancellation after being dealt so many serious, egregious death blows. Sigh. I'm actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. To me, the Light really faded after its core was decimated and identity gutted by Gail Kobe and Pamela Long in 1984-ish. I was ready to see it end then, but was glad when the show rebounded in the late 1980s-early 1990s, and then again (briefly) under Millie Taggart and Carolyn Culliton in 2003. Alas, the last six YEARS were basically unwatchable.
  8. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    Thank you for the link. It's all coming back to me now. Eeeeek!
  9. The Holy Grail of Soap Collecting

    I was just about to write the exact same thing, LOL.
  10. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    I am trying hard, but cannot even picture him in my head, and I cannot find anything about him on the internet.
  11. OLTL Tribute Thread

    In the end, whatever happened to Evans' stalker?
  12. Most Vicious Fandom Wars

    Word. I believe only die-hard fan loyalty, thanks to memories of good times gone by, kept anyone at all watching. The raging incompetence of TPTB was painful to watch on AW, TGL and ATWT.
  13. The Holy Grail of Soap Collecting

    Me too. It depresses me, an avid soapaholic. to know that the genre I loved for decades is basically dead and buried. Reading TGL thread on the vintage soaps thread has been really painful lately, because folks are discussing how much of a dismal failure Peapack was, and how the show was crippled and unrecogizable by then, with pointless, irrelevant characters and embarrassingly shoddy production values. When I think of how classy the series was from 1950 to about 1982/3, and then again from about 1989 through the early 1990s, it depresses me. Of all the cancelled soaps, I think I miss TGL the most because to me, it had the longest run of continuous, uninterrupted quality: about 33 years. But at least I got to see all this stuff once, for which I am eternally grateful.
  14. The Holy Grail of Soap Collecting

    Ahh, I could ramble on about these vintage soaps for hours, but I won't bore you, LOL. Suffice to say: ALL your choices are worthy. I've seen many of them and would kill to watch them again. WTHI's fate frustrates me, because it ended up being so great, but it was initially written by Margaret DePriest and Lou Scofield whose material was simply slow and mediocre. As soon as they left, the writing improved dramatically and the show soared, but I guess viewers, once burned, did not want to give it another chance. But it was great while it lasted. I was unhappy with the writing of TSS during its last several years, and how the core had been decimated, but it had been great for a long time in its heyday. LoL and SFT varied wildly in quality and interest over the years, thanks mainly to whatever great or dreadful writers who were in charge at the time, but Meg's return, under Claire Labine, was a GLORIOUS time for the series. I hated missing a single episode! Ruth Brent's anti-war speech on AMC, and the Clara saga on OLTL were TV at its best. Not daytime TV, TV...period. Ruth's emotional speech gave me goosebumps, which I am getting again right now thinking about it. And the first several years of Y&R set the soap opera genre on its ear. William J. Bell's glorious writing, John Conboy's lush production values, and THAT CAST were a soap fan's dream come true. I cannot express how wonderful it was, getting to watch Bell's early Y&R, Harding Lemay's masterful AW, Henry Slesar's brilliant and often terrifying TEON, Agnes Nixon's fresh AMC, Pat Falken Smith's sexy DAYS, and so many others...all at the same time. We've never had a quality line up like that, since the 1970s.
  15. The Holy Grail of Soap Collecting

    Well, the first hour-long ep of AW, from 1974: Steve and Alice's remarriage, along with the Good Friday episode from 1975, when Mary Matthews died. The 90-minute episode of TEON when it switched from CBS to NBC. The premiere of How to Survive a Marriage. Alan and Hope's wedding and Roger's and Peggy's wedding from TGL. Eps of Where the Heart Is and Return to Peyton Place. The premiere of SFT from 1951. And more, I am sure. I hear things, but have no verification. I understand when collectors conserve these episodes to use as trading fodder, in order to get other, valuable eps (I have been guilty of this, myself), but to NEVER make back-up copies or NEVER share these treasures, even when offered fair compensation, boggles my mind.
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