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  1. Ugh. Hated the blond hair on Heather Tom. Josh Morrow looked great with that short cut, though.
  2. Totally forgot about Queen Sugar (which is on my list to watch). They also film on location, which lends a lot of authenticity that a soap filmed on a NYC/LA soundstage wouldn’t have. Primetime and streaming have really made up for a lot of the gaps in recent years with the explosion in content from different perspectives.
  3. If you lived in NYC over the past 20-30 years, you know this guy’s commercials.
  4. I also wonder if the cultural specificities would make a Southern soap harder to write, especially when writers just cycle through shows? Even getting the language right could be challenging. We’ve certainly had some esteemed soap writers from the South: Pam Long and Nancy Curlee, just to name a couple off the top of my head. A Louisiana soap would be SO interesting. Did you watch Treme? If so, what did you think of it? HAHN had such an interesting premise. Shame Tyler Perry didn’t let a competent person write it.
  5. I agree. (Throw True Blood in there.) I feel like the center of gravity of the country has moved South, with so many northern transplants going to Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, etc. Plus so many black folks who’d settled in the north for generations returned to their family homes down South. (My family left Missouri for Mississippi in the ‘90s after 40 years.) Like with so many cultural trends, it’s just a shame that soaps didn’t stay viable long enough to capture that.
  6. From Hendersonville, Tennessee
  7. Ok that pisses me off. I see that a lot of it is posted online so I might give it a rewatch.
  8. Yep. That’s what came to mind for me as well. Sad that it didn’t connect. I read that the Corringtons had planned a soap set in the Antebellum South before they did Texas. I wonder what that would have looked like.
  9. Oh ok. I think I remember that. Thank you. This?
  10. The Midwest (“America’s heartland”), the Northeast, and the West Coast have been well represented in the annals of soapdom, but why hasn’t there been a real attempt at a daytime soap set in the South (and not Texas but Louisiana and eastward)? I suppose part of it is that these other regions feel more “generic” for storytelling purposes (soap cities have traditionally been “Everytown, U.S.A.”), less potentially alienating for a wide swath of audiences, and easier for a wide variety of actors based in Los Angeles and New York to convincingly do the accents. (Plus Irna, Agnes, and Bill were all from Chicago, and they were the architects of daytime as we know it.) But we all know Southerners are huge soap viewers, and Southern culture is just *ripe* for drama and intrigue. It would have been cool for a daytime answer to Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to have done a multiethnic, irreverent soap set in Atlanta. Soap characters from written as Southern have traditionally been trashy (Opal Gardner) or mystical oddballs (Luna Moody), so that’s somewhat telling as to how the South’s been perceived.
  11. I looooved Zapato. When that dog was “murdered,” I stopped watching. And at that point, we had endured some real exploitative crap.
  12. I much preferred Stafford (at the time), but Sandra was an ok recast. How good did everyone look in that episode? Faces beat to the gods, flattering lighting...
  13. I think this is my favorite LLB look. She’s gorgeous with that shorter hair.
  14. Again, I think the Labines thought they were so whimsical and hilarious, and their attempts at comedy always fell flat. I say that as having idolized Claire and even sending her fan letters at one point. I felt like the Nora story and Todd and the bird were just so cringeworthy.
  15. Ah yes. Leah Laiman. Now that’s an “Oh dear” in and of itself.
  16. I’m more impressed that the bottom didn’t completely fall out in the demos. We all know Y&R has a devoted older audience.
  17. Sheila/Lauren deserve a whole week of their own. I’d be happy with a week of Lauren imprisoned in the farmhouse with Sheila’s mother.
  18. Didn’t we have a year of Passanante before the Labines took over? I feel like Michael Malone’s era had petered out significantly toward the end of his run. He was responsible for the “Brown Penny” stupidity.
  19. Is this the first full week of Y&R/B&B classics? Curious what people’s expectations were.
  20. She’s got the confidence. I like the queens this season for the most part, but she’s head and shoulders above the competition. I run hot and cold with Crystal, but she is super creative with makeup.
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