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  1. Which soaps do you watch?

    Because at the time, Y&R remained more grounded and traditional, I figured it would be the last soap standing. I'm surprised DAYS is still here and AMC is not.
  2. Which soaps do you watch?

    Well, when soaps were only 15 or 30 minutes long, it was easier to fit multiple shows into your daily schedule. When they started to go to an hour in 1975...watching the same number of shows became a nightmare. Trust me, I know. At my peak, I was following ten (count 'em: TEN) soaps a day. I started with LOVE OF LIFE at 11:30 and finished at 4:30 with the conclusion of SOMERSET. I thanked God when Betamax and then VHS arrived. I could tape all my stories and FF through the commercials, which shaved a good 25% off the running times. More when I also FFed through characters I found tedious. But as dedicated as I was back then, I had hard choices to make, and was forced to drop several shows anyway, simply because I could not keep up with them all. I followed the synopses of my dropped shows in Soap Opera Digest at least, and would still tune in if something memorable or important took place. Then in the 1980s, the bottom dropped out of the industry and so many soaps become hollow shells of their former selves, so I started to lose interest and was no longer under pressure to follow the ones which I felt had been decimated. I stuck with the tired old warhorses like TGL and ATWT until the bitter end, but it was hard seeing nail after nail being driven into their coffins. Pulling your leg? MOI??? Whatever do you mean?
  3. Which soaps do you watch?

    Actually, in my own family tree, we had someone "return from the dead." One person, not 27, LOL. I would say that DAYS was truly brilliant and in its prime from 1966 to 1976. I absolutely loved that era. As for today, you are right: at least DAYS still has some stellar actors. Like Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) for example.
  4. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    I checked various soap-history books and they do list her debut year on ATWT as 1970. Maybe she auditioned for both soaps around the same time, got hired quickly by ATWT, and then only heard back from AMC again after she had already been cast as Carol? I guess it's impossible to verify if no dates are mentioned in her book.
  5. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    It infuriated me when all (or most, anyway) of the soaps started the lowbrow camp nonsense. It ruined the genre. The endless back-from-the-dead stories, specifically, rendered the shows' plots meaningless, because nothing ever stuck. Marlena or Hope would "die" 27 times and everyone would sob their crocodile tears, but we knew the "corpse" would soon return alive and well, so what was the point of investing any emotion into the stories? The shows worked best, IMHO, when they were grounded in reality, as DAYS was during its halcyon years of 1966 to 1976.
  6. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    Unless I am having a senior moment, LOL, I think she only began working on ATWT in 1970, so she could have auditioned for AMC and ATWT the same year.
  7. Y&R Vet Placed on Recurring

    Kevin and Gloria can fade into oblivion too, God willing.
  8. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    HA! A gentlemen should never ask such a question. Let's just say that by the time DAYS began, I was already an experienced soap watcher. You may very well be young enough to be my grandchild.
  9. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    I know, I know. I was just joshin' ya. Reflecting back on my history with DAYS, it boggles my mind that I saw my first episode of the show 52 (!!!) years ago. Now I feel ancient, but at least I can comfort my aged and decrepit self with the knowledge that I was lucky enough to see the show's very best years.
  10. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    Yes, when you lament that Maggie "is doing your head in" and praise other characters and actors to the sky, it is VERY OBVIOUS that you have NO investment in the show at all. Not one iota.
  11. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    This is me being good for Christmas, and biting my tongue, LOL.
  12. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    Right. In the 1980s, there were comments from newer GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers who couldn't understand why veteran audience members wanted to see more of characters like Jessie Brewer. The newbies preferred to see the teenybopper idols of the day, and decried the idea of having "old people" crammed down their throats. They announced that characters like Jessie were totally irrelevant and if she disappeared, "nobody would miss her because she doesn't mean anything." HA! Having never seen Jessie Brewer or Maggie Horton or Ellen Stewart or Meta Bauer in their heyday, their appeal may be a mystery to new audience members, but longtime viewers witnessed these characters' contributions to the soaps first-hand, and know how valuable they once were to their shows, and could be again, with decent, perceptive writing. I will make a point of tuning into GH when Denise Alexander makes an appearance this Christmas. But the return of Steve Burton? ((Yawn))
  13. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    I've known and adored Maggie since 1974, and no amount of cringe-worthy writing will change that. With soaps being so poorly scripted for decades, I have learned to develop selective amnesia, and simply forget about all the harmful and stupid storyline decisions inflicted upon my favorite characters by TPTB. I hate the incompetent hacks running the soaps, but nothing they do will affect the "real" Maggie (or Julie or Doug). In decades past, I ALWAYS made a point of racing home to catch my favorite soaps; they were that good. These days, however, you are right: being "not atrocious, but passable" is the best we can hope for.
  14. Another World

    She killed off Maureen Bauer, the heart and matriarch of TGL. JFP was capable of anything.
  15. DAYS: December 2017 Discussion Thread

    Maggie, Doug, and Julie are my only reasons to tune in.