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Faulkner

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  1. I honestly thought this would be a three-day story, eclipsed by more Russian intrigue, but they’ve given this thing legs. Good for them.
  2. Wow, Rubio is way out of his depth. He should have left public life after his Republican primary humiliation. There’s no way he could ever win a national election, and that’s the only reason why he’s still in the senate: to build a resume for an eventual presidential run. Idina Menzel should play Dana Loesch in the inevitable movie.
  3. I suspect we’re going to see a lot of bloodletting in the next year. I believe B&B is up for renewal in 2019, and if CBS decides to continue it, the terms will be very unfavorable given the complete collapse of the demos. The show is already cutting back in a lot of ways you can see onscreen, with fewer sets used and actors disappearing.
  4. Right? And nod to the #metoo movement? Hilary was absolutely wrong for what she had done, but have some backbone, girl.
  5. OK, yeah, Hilary groveling to a lecturing Victoria was gross. Abby deserved to get laid into by Sharon, but at least she was allowed to fight back.
  6. Even as a punching bag, this is a show that values Hilary. The story is being told with her as the subject, and she has a broad array of relationships. I’m not saying it’s great writing because it’s not, but I just compare how Y&R treats Hilary to how DAYS treats Eli or Lani. Eli/Lani are simply playing out That Black Storyline while Hilary feels like one of Y&R’s pivotal characters. I completely understand why fans would be pissed at how she’s being used, however.
  7. Male TV critics LOVED Téa Leoni in the ‘90s.
  8. I think the ship has sailed on the opportunity for a renaissance. The rest of TV isn’t doing much better.
  9. I’d never seen the night version of Access Hollywood, but I stumbled upon it tonight, and my oh my, the co-host is just stunning. His name is Scott Evans (like the former OLTL star and brother of Captain America). He reminds me a bit of Nate Parker but without the homophobia and the problematic past.
  10. I’m not saying Bell is the main reason why DAYS is still on the air, but on balance, his approach to soaps persisted.
  11. Bill Bell was a smart man. It is telling that the three of his soaps (even if he didn’t create DAYS, his DNA is all over it) are among the last ones standing.
  12. I’m liking Y&R more than I have in a while, but I understand why that’s a minority opinion. B&B, on the other hand, is just unwatchably boring. I swear Steffi and Liam have been reciting the same dialogue every day for the past six weeks.
  13. None of those ratings are particularly good, but the Bell soaps are in freefall.
  14. Marci Miller is really beautiful as a brunette.
  15. I always wanted to see Beverlee McKinsey’s Alex and Lucinda interact...
  16. I think Michael Logan said Lucci and Braeden did a show together, and their chemistry was off the charts (and it made sense given Lucci’s married to a German).
  17. Fergie’s sexy jazz version of our national anthem at tonight’s NBA all-star game is making the rounds.
  18. Oh totally. In an ideal world where the networks don’t completely dictate what you write and order you to change direction mid-plot based on some whim. I’m sure Doug Marland had more leverage than, say, Chris Van Etten, given who he was, his track record, and the relative strength of soaps in his era. And I’m sure even Doug had to deal with significant meddling from time to time, especially in those later years. But I suspect the writers of yore were thinking more long term than the current-day scribes. Now it’s, “What can I do to give me a short-term bump around sweeps, ensuring ad rates stay high for a little while, and make this show last six more months to two more years? If I need to do something absolutely drastic that would cripple my show five years down the line, then so be it. I won’t even be writing this show by then, if the show even lasts that long...but hey, let me cash that paycheck and contribute a little bit to my 401(k).”
  19. Crestwood Plaza is gone, right? I haven’t been back since 2001.
  20. To be generous, I think most soap writers of the past were operating under the assumption that their soaps would still be there in 10 years. I don’t think the soap writers of today have such luxury.
  21. It’s just sad. Ratings tumbled last year, so Brad Bell is retreating to “what worked before.” It’s all so stale.
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