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  1. Such scraping the bottom of the barrel with these BH additions, although I like Teddi. It’s like putting rusty metal patches on a sinking ship. I just don’t see how the show survives with its current dynamics, with Kyle/Lisa V.’s love/hate dance eating the show and deeply unlikable folks like Lisa Rinna, Dorit, and Erika still around.
  2. Totally. Both sides can be shady. Folks like Julianne Moore and Justin Hartley are just a few of the exceptions who still shout their soap backgrounds from the rooftops, though. Hartley seems to talk about Passions in every interview.
  3. Didn’t know that about Morgan Fairchild’s character. Interesting. I agree that certain character names should be retired. There can never be another Erica. Or Marlena (a far less common name in America, I know, but still). I suppose Victor on Y&R only became a household name in the late ‘80s, years after Victors Lord (OLTL), Cassadine (GH), and Kiriakis (DAYS). Otherwise, that name should also have been retired. Carly Manning (DAYS), Tenney Snyder (ATWT), and Corinthos (GH). It just feels like a random name for so many female leads.
  4. What are character first names that appear to be overused or underused on soaps compared to what you’ve experienced IRL? Overused: I know that words that represent ideals or purity are inherently soapy names (like Faith), especially for heroines, but so many soaps have had major leads named Hope. There was Hope Bauer on GL; DAYS has Hope Williams Brady; Y&R had Hope Adams; B&B has Hope Forrester; on a smaller note, on ATWT, Denise and Andy’s daughter was named Hope and on Starr and Cole’s now-deceased daughter on OLTL was named Hope. I know IRL there are famous Hopes, from Solo to Hicks to Sandoval, but I don’t personally know *that* many. Underused: Lauren. In every office I’ve worked, we’ve had to differentiate Laurens by last initial or surname because there were so many. It was a running joke on the last Bachelor that there were like 15 Laurens on the most recent season. Yet the only daytime character that comes to mind is Lauren Fenmore from Y&R. Any other ideas? Feel free to disagree.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I can definitely see Nate being centered. That distracting little catty back-and-forth with the other doctor really foreshadowed it.
  8. 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.
  9. I’m in love with this guy’s Instagram.
  10. It’s going to be just like what happened after VR left. Mess.
  11. 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.
  13. Faulkner

    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.
  15. For the fellow former Britpop fans.
  16. 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.
  17. What was with Don Diamont’s JR Ewing-meets-Muhammad Ali accent today?
  18. https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/exclusive-jordi-vilasuso-joins-yr/
  19. 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...
  20. Just saw this on Twitter. Just shocking and horrific.
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