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    RIP GL 1937 - 2009
  • Birthday 07/27/1986

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  1. Dan

    Best Soap Opera Opening

    The 2002 theme wasn't bad per se, but it was a poor man's "Hold on to Love." I would have preferred that they updated that theme compared to what we got. But we can all agree that it's better than Rick Rhodes' 2003 atrocity.
  2. Dan

    Best Soap Opera Opening

    My favorite part of the 1990s "Hold on to Love" theme was its use as incidental music on the show. I don't think anyone used their theme music quite as effectively as GL. You already knew you were watching an important or sentimental scene when it came on. This one is my favorite, starting about 1:37.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    I may have laughed a bit too hard at that one. Thank you for that.
  4. Dan

    Canceled soap you miss the most?

    I still miss GL, just not the Peapack shell of a soap it became. Thank God for Youtube.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    Maureen's death was such a long-term tragedy and I wish that more story would have come out of it so it didn't seem like such a waste, but damn was that week of shows brilliant. Knowing what came after this, maybe it was better for Maureen to go out this way. Ghost Maureen propping up Danny and Michelle was bad enough. Also, I don't think Victor Miller and Michael Conforti get enough credit for the uptick in quality in 1997. Besides the whole Amanda reveal, early 1997 was really quite good. Shame it didn't last very long.
  6. Who killed Diane Ballard? On GL This one was great because it really was a culmination of years worth of story. Diane had the dirt on everything that Alan had been up to for years and had made enemies with pretty much the entire town so when she turned up dead, it played fairly organically. The same thing with the "Who shot Roger?" story. It really was a long time coming. The only terrible part was the ending with Fake Billy confessing to the whole thing. It seemed rushed or changed at some point. I wonder if it was because Nancy Curlee knew she would be leaving and wanted to wrap it up. The Jean Weatheril mystery was good too. I'm looking forward to reviewing it with the YouTube channel clips someone is posting.
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    Licensed music and daytime soap operas

    Love GL using the Donna Summer/Barbara Streisand duet "No More Tears (Enough is Enough) as the backing music to Roger, in an eerie clown costume, chasing Rita through the carnival Hall of mirrors in 1979. Then there was the montage at the end of the 1992 blackout with" Round Midnight" by Linda Rondstat.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    God, could Jerry verDorn nail a speech or what? 1993 had its ups and downs, but it certainly had some of the best scriptwriting of the entire run of the show. I'd say that soaps have outsourced all of its good writing period to primetime and cable TV and that is certainly the main problem. Who would want to watch the current shows when Game of Thrones (or insert your favorite drama) is far better written and has more intriguing drama? Even if you have to be a masochist to watch GOT. (I'm stuck on the 3rd season. I may not make it longer.) Also, I would not have wanted Bridget and David together. I agree with the above post that said the chemistry between the actors was more brother/sister. Gilly and A-M? That's more like it.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    I can't wait until this channel gets further into 1991. I have heard about the Jean Weatheril whodunit, but have never seen anything except the ending and Daniel holding Holly hostage.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    Wasn't it rumored that Jenna was killed off because Fiona Hutchinson spoke out about the poor handling of Michael Zaslow? I remember hearing about that.
  11. Dan

    Doctor Who

    Very intriguing episode. It was great to have a companion that doesn't have some odd mystery attached to her. Bill reminds me alot of the more grounded Davies years. And I have generally liked the Moffat years, but I can admit that he can get too convoluted. And what could be in the vault under the school? The door looked suspiciously Gallifrean.
  12. To be honest, I'm not sure. But these are the Emmys. Sometimes shouty works (see Kim Zimmer, Jordi Vilisuso(sp?), Tom Pelphrey, etc.).
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    I don't know if I was just desperate for Holly to be featured, but I was really glad that she was a Red herring in the stalker story. And it all led to Ed and Holly being a couple again. The story of Reva's stalker was the odd Reva's story that began quite well but ended terribly (what reason would Alex have to stalk Reva's in the first place?). Usually it was the other way around. I think my biggest disappointment with GL was that the end of 2002/beginning of 2003 didn't lead to bigger and better things. 2002 wasn't perfect, but Millee Taggart had started to position the show into a stronger direction. And early 2003 was really quite good. And then... Ellen Weston happened and squandered all the good will. I don't think my GL viewing ever really recovered from that.
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    Guiding Light discussion thread

    David Kriezman. Never mind. I couldn't even get through those two words without laughing to myself. I think the best overall writing team was the Curlee-led staff of the early 90s. The plots were decent and the scripts crackled with wit and intelligent banter, particularly with a Mulchahey script. In terms of the best actual headwriters, probably Agnes Nixon or the Dobsons.
  15. Wasn't she playing Harley-lite Taylor on AMC at the time? I was pissed that Brian Frons wouldn't let JvD come over for a day or two. Can't remember if they even tried, but remember that it would have been a non-starter with ABC.