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  1. One reason why I think reducing the number of eps a soap produces each year and taking breaks would fail is that soaps are very much a habitual phenomenon. Even monthly breaks just give viewers the opportunity to form other habits. Primetime shows that increase viewership despite year-long like Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones are by far the minority. Most shows (even good ones) lose significant viewership each year, and it takes a lot of marketing budget to rope viewers back in, budget that most networks wouldn’t have even with reduced production.
  2. The Devon/Hilary scene felt like such a rushed throwaway moment. They could have milked so much emotion from that reveal. There’s a part of me that thinks Devon would have kept that from Hilary given her fragile state or at least wrestled with telling her. Sex on kitchen islands? That HURTS.
  3. I can definitely see Nate being centered. That distracting little catty back-and-forth with the other doctor really foreshadowed it.
  4. If we do get some scenes of Devon going IN on Princess Lily after Hilary goes, that might be worth sticking around a little longer.
  5. I’m in love with this guy’s Instagram.
  6. It’s going to be just like what happened after VR left. Mess.
  7. Y&R is in absolute freefall, but it’s hard to look bad when the other soaps are collapsing as well. DAYS has finally plateaued in the demos.
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    Doctor Who

    True. But they definitely need a break. Wouldn’t mind not seeing the Cybermen for a while as well. Bring on the new monsters.
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    Doctor Who

    This is already encouraging. Moffat overplayed the Daleks just as much as he did the Weeping Angels.
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    Doctor Who

    I’m not sold yet, but not because of Jodie Whittaker, who will knock it out of the park, but because of Chibnall. Having a writer’s room could be a great thing, and he says that the show will have one-episode arcs instead of the heavy, confusing serialization that often bogged down RTD and Moffat.
  11. For the fellow former Britpop fans.
  12. JV was a lot better once he dropped that faux-Brando cottonmouth gangster voice he adopted on GL. He was always sexy and charismatic. I know some would disagree.
  13. What was with Don Diamont’s JR Ewing-meets-Muhammad Ali accent today?
  14. https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/exclusive-jordi-vilasuso-joins-yr/
  15. I don’t watch regularly, but are any of the other Bradys aware that Kim has cancer again? I know this show doesn’t do “extraneous” character stuff due to guarantees and whatnot...
  16. Just saw this on Twitter. Just shocking and horrific.
  17. They are finally admitting they have no clue what to do with a character as passive as Nick (somewhat understandably), but they didn’t want to fire JM (their only veteran male lead under 50) or put in the effort/expense to resurrect Adam.
  18. Yeah. When all else fails, play victim, and I suppose the Crazy Ex-Husband drama is a winning issue. Although I wonder if she’s gone to the Hoppy well too many times. Of course, what’s she’s going through is terrible, but it doesn’t absolve her of responsibility for her behavior. And some of the other women like Dorinda and Ramona have been in enough scraps with Bethenny that they may be more ambivalent to her breakdown. I dunno, I’d hate to see Bethenny wiggle her way out of this, and Carole, as annoying as she can be, is as smart or smarter than B and can hold her accountable.
  19. To be a soap fan in the past 20 years is to spend a reverse engineer a landscape in which there are still 15 shows on the air, written impeccably with diverse characters and progressive subject matter, watched by millions. If only the writing had been better, etc. But folks like Curlee and Labine eventually realized the environment wasn’t suitable for good writing and bailed. Soaps were already dying before the writing got really bad, but the decline in quality only accelerated the inevitable. I’ve been having the same conversations with guitar rock fans angry that bands don’t chart anymore unless they are Imagine Dragons. (Look at the Apple Music streaming charts by genre, and the most-streamed rock songs are all by legacy acts like Queen, Zeppelin, Journey, and AC/DC, not new bands.) Maroon 5 re-defined themselves as a pop act, and that’s why they persist. Yet you still hear guitar sounds all over music, just like you see soapy tropes all over primetime and streaming TV.
  20. The reactions to Ramona hobbling out of the wheelchair into the car made me double over with laughter. Such contempt. 😂 Tinsley actually forced them to select rooms in an orderly manner. Is that a HW first? Bethenny started all of that, and it serves her right to feel the pinch after years of bullying other HWs. It’s refreshing to see people not back down to her. EDIT: I feel for Bethenny, I really do, but it’s ironic that she’s having a Kelly Bensimon moment on this Cartagena trip.
  21. It’s hard being the last hangers-on at a party that ended 20 years ago. The people with the real power never really respected them and didn’t want them to survive, so it’s almost miraculous that they are still on, even in depleted form, in 2018. But everything still seems frozen in the ‘80s. Daytime is like a hollowed-out suburban shopping mall with a bunch of closed-down Spencer’s stores to remind us of the glory days. LOL it’s late.
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