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Everything posted by Faulkner

  1. They blew their budget on all of these elaborate graphics. Which are great, but...
  2. Yep. Barely acknowledged. Aside from Julianne Moore, a few Reva clips, and the aforementioned Stephen Schnetzer. Y&R and DAYS are getting a lot of love, but they are still on the air. Not much B&B love, though. Edit: right when I posted that, Brad Bell appears as if on cue.
  3. Really, this could have been a five or 10-part series. They can’t help but skirt over things. They basically name-checked Generations with Vivica, which is more than I expected but still. No Angie and Jesse?
  4. Too bad soaps *still* haven’t learned that lesson. That’s what is being glossed over here.
  5. It’s a lot more restrained than I expected. I thought they’d go over the top with the catfights and bedroom scenes, but it’s very in the vein of the Tom Hanks CNN documentaries about pop culture through the decades. And they aren’t shying away from the vile nature of the Luke/Laura rape.
  6. Maurice Benard: “Even when the show’s not good, they think it’s great!” (loud cackle) You would know, Mo! Your show hasn’t been good in 25 years. Chris Van Etten looks 12.
  7. Aside from the appalling quality of the video clips, this is well-produced. Getting our Irna section now...
  8. It’s like they pulled them off YouTube. Hell there are soap clips from the ‘70s on YouTube that are clearer, even watched on my full flatscreen. Even that Annie/Erica bitchslap clip was a mess and that was less than 15 years ago.
  9. Oof. I guess you couldn’t expect much better, but the quality of the video clips...
  10. A mixed bag of a year with O.J. raging on. Loved AMC in 1995, though, with Alec/Hayley/Arlene, Liza’s return, and Erica’s pill-popping story that led up to her infamous Woman of the Year speech in early ‘96. For me, that was my favorite year for AMC of the entire ‘90s.
  11. There was a Hollywood Reporter article that reported that the initial increases from the stay-at-home orders have evaporated even for primetime. A lot of speculation that people are fatigued by watching news in the daytime and want to do other things at night, especially at the weather has been so nice across the country. The total viewers for CBS are strong, but those ad demos aren’t great, and I do wonder how many of those lapsed 18-49/25-54 viewers will lose the habit the longer this goes. Y&R and B&B didn’t have a lot to give up in the demos. All that said, the reruns are fabulous and much better than nothing. The bottom hasn’t fallen out, and it could have. GH had better brace itself, though.
  12. Well Kenya knows how to cast/pick ‘em.
  13. Yeah, that’s it! And makes it even crazier that Malcolm and Jill never had sex. Yet they brought on Sean Bridges...
  14. I remember they had basically a whole soft-porn episode with Malcolm shirtless and eye-fücking the camera at a Jabot photo shoot. They knew what they had with him. But of course if he were white, he have banged half of Genoa City (a la Aidan on AMC) in incredibly risqué love scenes. And while I know daytime loves rape, him taking advantage of Dru when she was on cold meds was so out of the blue and disrespectful. And not really explored character-wise.
  15. Shemar was green when he started but he had a lot of natural talent and of course charisma. He had to be himself, but even that takes skill. I loved Hope. Shame that they trashed her by making Adam such a monster.
  16. Thankfully, CBS2 is ignoring Cuomo today.
  17. Seems like TPTB don’t do much press anymore. Maybe they don’t feel like it’s valuable or that having the actors promote on social media is enough, and there are fewer outlets who care about soaps (especially with Michael Logan no longer having his TV Guide megaphone). But it *would* be interesting for someone at CBS/Sony/Y&R to enlighten us about their strategy. The excellence of these episodes is a win for them during a difficult time. Why not shout about it? Totally agreed on a Sheila week, even if KB is a bit... problematic these days.
  18. It’s such a silly show. Without the political content (and gladiatorial atmosphere) of The View, it’s just a forgettable chat about celebrity gossip and lifestyle between ladies who barely seem to know each other. The chemistry of Chenbot, Aisha Tyler, Sara, Sharon, and Sheryl briefly held it together, but it imploded when Julie/Aisha/Sara left in quick succession. (They brought the intelligence that elevated the conversation.) Good riddance to Julie Chen Moonves, but she was a key component on the show.
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