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  1. Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    Don't hide! I like Erika MOST of the time!!!
  2. Days of Our Lives General Discussion

    The loss of the DiMeras, Marlena, Hope, and Bo all within a matter of a year and a half really hurt. Patch and Kayla really ate the show and what's ironic is they never really had a great storyline. Even their wedding, with Kayla suddenly being able to speak, was cheesily awful. IMO, the Patch of the 80s was one of the worst, dumbest characters ever created. Yes I think Cruz & Eden were a far better couple. Tons more chemistry, far better writing, and both could stand alone as 3 dimensional, fully fleshed out characters. Steve and Kayla really couldn't. In fact, Kayla didn't come into her own until Steve was written off the show. I actually agree that the early 80s were certainly a golden period, 100% absolutely. But anyone who was watching from 86-89 will tell you that everything that was good about the early part of the decade was gone by those years. The late 80s were a legitimate chore to watch. I'd say DAYS didn't start getting good again til around '92. Even the initial Marlena and Roman returns fell flat because once they brought RealRoman in, the stakes were significantly lowered in Marlena's return. John could stay with Isabella and Marlena go with RealRoman. That happened within a month or 2 of Deidre's comeback. And it was a shame- I was hugely invested in her return because that summer, SB lost Marcy Walker and AW lost Anne Heche and Cali Timmins. But it took a long while for it to really work onscreen.
  3. Days of Our Lives General Discussion

    ' Actually, the 70s were the real golden years. The 80s were the supercouple era, but the second half of that decade saw an extreme drop in quality. I enjoyed the plots of the Reilly years- my issue was always that he never wrote the characters properly. He brought back Hope but she was a shell of her former self. Marlena was portrayed as weak, until the gas chamber storyline and then the triangle with Kristen kicked in. Wayne Northrop's Roman was written as a complete dud waste, which he never was. Jennifer was written as a confused moron.... point being his characterization was never as strong as his plots. Character was more often than not sacrificed for plot. Truly, the only characters he really fleshed out were villains or the ones he created.
  4. Soap Vets That You Never Got Their Appeal

    LOL I love how you asked him first! But yeah. He is. Look no further than the avatar.
  5. B&B Recasting Major Role

    Oh I only watch B&B intermittently now. But i would have tuned back in for a Brooke/Thorne redux. Now.....notsomuch.
  6. B&B Recasting Major Role

    'LOL. No. I've waited 16 years for them to re-visit this pairing (my FAVE B&B couple of all-time) and for them to do it but recast Thorne is a HUGE slap in the face.
  7. B&B Recasting Major Role

    Um, if they are FINALLY putting Thorne/Brooke back together, and Winsor's not in the role, not only is it pointless, but it REALLLY pisses me off.
  8. Santa Barbara Discussion Thread

    That she was for the first year or so- AND that of the entire cast over the years, she is the one that SB launched into legitimate stardom. It's actually a very telling story for actors that consider soaps to be a "training ground." With all of the cast turnover in those 9 years, SB only launched one actual star. Sure some actors that left did get work in other mediums, but the ratio when you factor in the ones that left to pursue greener pastures doesn't bode well for leaving a soap for fame and fortune.
  9. Gosh I don't remember the first ones offhand- I'm sure it was SB-related since that what I was always searching for. The ones that stick out are Harbor Cove on SB, Aqualand on SB, and the Sheila/Lauren catfight in the hospital. That catfight sticks out for me partially because the Traci/Lauren catfight during Brad's heart attack was also posted and I remember the same orderlies that broke up Sheila/Lauren also broke up Traci/Lauren. What's funny is those catfights were at least a few years apart.
  10. Jean Passanante looks back at her career

    MADD was running P&G but it was Susan Lee that was the head of NBC Daytime at the time I'm pretty sure. Santa Barbara was also cancelled on her watch, a couple weeks after she issued a press release where she all but said it would be renewed.
  11. Jean Passanante looks back at her career

    She was actually solid at AW- she also had a strong team behind her, including both Culltions. As for Malone and Culliton, IMO, Malone was actually decent and somewhat of a turning point for the show- yes there was Bobby Reno/Shane Roberts and it was hit or miss mostly, but he did some good, including creating Lila. Richard Culliton's period, IMO, was the most solid headwriting tenure we'd had since Swajeski. I never fully understood why he was fired from the HW position, aside from the distinct possibility that both P&G and NBC were intentionally tanking AW at that point. I doubt Laiman would have been nearly as successful if she inherited AW from any of the writers prior to Culliton. In fact, thank GOD for Culliton because those misses during Malone's period (when I said hit and miss, enough emphasis could not have been put on how bad the misses were) he either fixed or eliminated. He also restructured the show and fine-tuned the cast of characters back to something more familiar to Bay City.
  12. Y&R: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    Seriously? Some nitpicky things on soap I can let go but the Brash & Sassy stuff with Victor was a major story and plot point. No sane businesswoman would ever repeat the mistake of trusting the same person to help them, even especially if it's family.
  13. September GH Thread

    That's a big part of the problem in episodic writing currently- a good writer does construct a story from start to finish. Adjustment can and should be made along the way but the major points of the plot (and a timeline as to how they'll unravel) should be outlined from jump. Not deciding on the way a story will end and instead figuring it out as you go makes for a sloppy show.
  14. Search For Tomorrow Discussion Thread

    That whole oh-so-80s ending sequence is everything!!! Just watching that 3 minutes makes me want to watch the show and know more!!! I want to know why Evie wasn't asked to be in the shoot, why she's pissed about, if the blonde guy who gets his passport stamped is Estelle's son or her lover, is that guy for real with that beard, why is he holding Estelle captive, is the airport part of the compound, is the entire nation on the bearded guy's payroll........ so much!!!! Wonder if someone posted the next episode... Gosh I'd forgotten what a great group of women SFT had in those days. I loved Suzy, Liza (Sherry Mathis), and Sunny, but Jo, Estelle, Stephanie, Wendy- I really like each character for who they are and find them compelling to watch, even all these years later. My memories of Search are few and far between, as I only watched it from age 3-7, but going back, I can see why certain things stuck with me. I wish Wendy had, especially since I've been told stories about how angry I was at Wendy for sleeping with Warren while he was married to Suzy. I believe that's why I often think of the Suzy that came before this one with such affection. Though I really love the actress playing Suzy in these years now and think of her as Suzy, I remember that as a child, I didn't feel the same way about her. I always missed MY Suzy.
  15. Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    I think you're remembering it wrong- I'm positive Ana wasn't at that party. I've viewed it many times. She even pats herself on the back for staying home, saying something along the lines of it not being her scene.
  16. Search For Tomorrow Discussion Thread

    Ok I love the photo shoot, but can someone answer the following questions for me- Who is Colleen Dion playing? I always thought her first role was Cece on Loving. What is going on with Estelle in the final sequence?
  17. Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    @Nothin'ButAttitude- No doubt! Plus season 2 had all those crazy supporting characters that weren't a part of the cast but were in the framework of the story. There was so much to keep up with, so much going on, and they didn't even need to film together every episode for it to be sheer greatness. Hell, Ana wasn't even at Lisa's Lingerie Party, if you recall. Season 3 should have told the story much in the same vein and unlike other housewives shows, they easily just could have added Alexia to the cast and went 8 deep. Hell, she was basically a full cast member in season 2 anyway. They should have BEGGED Karent to return and no way should they have cut Ana. So many mistakes were made for season 3 and they wonder why the ratings went down. The other thing I like is RHOM really captured the essence of Miami in a way no other franchise (save NYC) really does for their city. Living in Florida and having been to Miami many times, I miss that. It's still my all-time favorite franchise and I'd KILL to have it back.
  18. Bravo's The Real Housewives of....

    Ugh, I'd KILL to have Miami back!!!
  19. September GH Thread

    Vee is a he.
  20. Santa Barbara Discussion Thread

  21. Santa Barbara Discussion Thread

    It's completely true. Rob Reiner discovered her by watching her on SB.. Either he or his wife watched her on the show and when he saw her, he thought she'd make the perfect Buttercup. That's how the story has always gone.
  22. Search For Tomorrow Discussion Thread

    I don't think so, at least I don't remember it that way. The Patti/Hogan relationship was in a vacuum of sorts, they rarely shared scenes with characters other than one another. I don't remember Hogan having much of a relationship at all with Jo when he was with Patti. Patti did, but if they were trying to tie Hogan to Jo, they hadn't done it before they went off the air.
  23. Search For Tomorrow Discussion Thread

    That's what I remember- the '83-'84 romance. I completely blocked out the Liza affair, even though I know it happened. Sherry Mathis was so beautiful and perfect as Liza. Louan Gideon was one of the shoddiest recasts I've ever seen- and the first recast I believe I experienced watching soaps (MJ on Another World was the next blow for me). I really loved Liza but couldn't stand her when Gideon took over. I don't know what casting was smoking thinking she was a suitable replacement for Mathis. She didn't even look how Liza should have looked, not only because she didn't look like Mathis, but because.... she looked like a stay-at-home-mom with 3 kids. I believe Hogan and Sunny were still working together during and after Liza and I still felt they had chemistry. I don't remember Sunny ever being paralyzed or pretending to- I really hope that didn't happen because it would be so out of character for Sunny. Either way, I was super upset when the show brought Patti on and paired her with Hogan. I didn't care for the actress and didn't feel she had any chemistry with David Forsyth, not even close to what he had with McCabe. They twisted the knife pretty hard when they ended the series with them getting married.
  24. Search For Tomorrow Discussion Thread

    I know the McCleary brothers weren't very popular with the majority of the audience because they kind of ate the show, but I always liked all 3, probably because they came on during the period that I was watching and I was never older than 7 years old. Of the 3, Cagney was my least favorite and was the least colorful, but I appreciate the type of character that he represented. He was the good guy, noble, the hero without being showy about it. Just a solid guy and a perfect match for Suzy. He and Eoff have a nice chemistry too.
  25. Search For Tomorrow Discussion Thread

    Cynthia Gibb!! That's the one I remember! It took me a while to warm up to Eoff because of her. Now, going back and watching, I really like Eoff in the part.