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  1. AMC Tribute Thread

    I completely agree--I think McT (during that era anyway) and Broderick would have balanced each other out well. And yeah--it got very one note and bleak.
  2. AMC Tribute Thread

    It started to fall apart near the end of McTavish's run at that time--so many doubles, got very dark and violent, etc--which was why FMBehr fired her, but I still strongly agree.
  3. Classic SOD Tumblr Goodies

    Thanks--having a great time reading this especially the critical reviews!
  4. Greatest Soap of All Time?

    I actually think the first half of the 90s were very strong--especially since the end of the 80s were largely a mess due to the long 1988 writer's strike. ABC for example was very strong from 91-97 or so for all their soaps creatively.
  5. Classic SOD Tumblr Goodies

    I didn't know about this--is this the link?
  6. Greatest Soap of All Time?

    Interesting. I'd take exception to Passions merely because it was always bottom rated--in theory anyway I'd think the greatest soap would have to at least get decent numbers....
  7. Soap Stars - Where are they now?

    I attended a conversation with Maupin a bit back where he hinted at some of this casting (well he told us one bit outright and then said we better not repeat it since it wasn't official yet...) but I'm really pleased with everything I've heard about the miniseries so far. And I'm thrilled that Paul Gross is back as Brian--one of several recasts for the later season where I didn't much like the new actor (I know Gross was busy with his TV work at the time) Story wise it sounds like it picks up with the 8th book, Mary Ann in Autumn which age wise makes complete sense and casting a young Anna makes me think it'll also use elements from the 9th, final book, The Days of Anna Madrigal which is largely a flashback to her childhood, but I know we're meant to get new stories, etc, along with these. Maupin isn't writing any of the scripts (which is fine by me--Richard Kramer did the first series script which was great--Maupin did the not as successful later adaptations) but he is mapping out the new storylines and is fully on board. It's too bad this means we'll miss some of the bits I liked best in the 4-6 books (I assume some of the Michael Tolliver stuff will be incorporated from the 6th book which is, unlike the soap structure of the others, all his story), but they would have had to have recast all the roles realistically (Maupin did write a script for the fourth book, Babycakes, which was briefly in development at Showtime 15 years back).
  8. OLTL Tribute Thread

    Yeah, Malone didn't seem to fight for it too much to be honest--or at least he was resigned to the issues at the time. In interviews I found from the time he admits how pleasantly surprised they were at how much audiences like Billy--saying originally the focus was gonna be on Andrew. He's quoted in a Michael Logan article on Daytime Taboos from Sep 1993 saying that "it's one thing to do a story abou t homophobia but it's quite another to explore the life of a gay character or couple a life that includes sex and such problems such as gay adoption. I doubt that day will ever come. :
  9. Greatest Soap of All Time?

    Titan, I think you're spot on. An example being ABC dumping Broderick, Corley and her team from AMC who had solid but stagnant ratings (numbers that given all the variables you gave, they should have been happy with) only to see the ratings drop even more when replaced McTavish's pointedly much more sensationalist (JER inspired) writing. Nixon, Bell and the other greats have always said that the shows are in danger when start trying to do what another show is doing. The drop with soaps happened first of course--I think one big reason simply that fewer and fewer people (ie housewives ) were home in the day) but it's true that it's been something that's been steadily seen across the board with network tv. And certainly, I follow quite a few TV shows--prob 6 primetime shows a week at a time (it helps now with shorter seasons and the fact that cable and streaming services stagger their releases throughout the year). At any given time that usually means maybe 2 are US network shows (unless you count PBS and I'm following something on Masterpiece or whatever, but I digress...)
  10. OLTL Tribute Thread

    SOunds right. Interestingly the same article said that even if they were brave enough (their words) to keep Billy on, it would have to be recast because Ryan had just booked the NBC primetime "soap miniseries" The Secrets of Lake Success which they hoped would be successful enough to be a series (I'd never heard of it--though I see it's on DVD so I guess it wasn't.) Variety's review starts off: When the Atkins family patriarch dies, the town of Lake Success is inundated with more gold diggers than a Dean Martin roast. Resultant fast-paced soaper may be -- however inadvertently -- the funniest series on primetime TV, with florid acting and script on a campy level that makes "Dallas" look like "King Lear." Pity it's only scheduled for three two-hour installments, concluding Oct. 15.
  11. OLTL Tribute Thread

    I'm not sure and though I was watching, I don't remember and YT is little help. When would the bachelor party have been? I found the mention of his one off appearance for AIDS day (when all the soaps in 1993 agreed to do something for that day--June 21) in an essay on the storyline.
  12. OLTL Tribute Thread

    WHich was basically the end of the story (I think they had a bit more with Billy and Ricky his bf, etc but then it faded away--his dad never even "came around"--I found one interview that said Malone had a story with them going on a double date with Joey and a girl but for whatever reason it never happened) Thanks!
  13. OLTL Tribute Thread

    A question as to dates that I need for my grad paper and can't nail down--does anyone have the dates, even months, that the homophobia storyline played out on OLTL? Even just down to appearances by Billy Douglas. I know it was over several months during the Summer of 1992 (and that Billy showed up once more the following year for AIDS day *rolls eyes*)
  14. AMC Tribute Thread

    Thank you so much!
  15. Greatest Soap of All Time?

    I wonder why that was? Disney bought ABC in 96 I think, but it may have taken them a few years to restructure it, which could play a part there. The OJ trial was... 94, right?