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  1. Days of Our Lives General Discussion

    I appreciated JER's mastery of "make 'em wait" plotting and the way he built things up to a huge climax. I didn't even mind his fake reveals so much. But I hated that every character lost about 50 IQ points from the beginning to the end of his reign. (Marlena was especially affected.) I think one of the reasons JER couldn't write for Matt Ashford and Susan Hayes was that those actors can't play dumb very well. (Hayes finally gave in and adapted to JER's style in his second stint, to her detriment.) I think Kelker-Kelly was a great replacement for Reckell, to my great surprise. I thought Reckell was darn-near irreplaceable. Mark Valley was no Matt Ashford -- but JER wasn't writing Matt Ashord's Jack, anyway. Valley filled the plot slot JER assigned to him. I do agree that JER at his worst is better than anything we've seen in years -- though a part of that does come from the much, much, much higher production values during the JER years.
  2. Soap Stars - Where are they now?

    Chris McKenna (Joey - OLTL, Mark - YR) guest starred on the 10/16 episode of FOX's Lucifer. https://auscaps.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/lucifer-303-13.png
  3. Soap Vets That You Never Got Their Appeal

    There have certainly been vets that I was not particularly fond of –– but for the most part, I could understand why they appealed to a certain segment of the soap audience.
  4. Soap Stars who did porn/posed nude

    Jeff Griggs, who played villain Jude St. Clair on DOOL round about 1995, did gay porn before the show (under the name Tony Sinatra). Rumor has it that Kristian Alfonso had him fired after she learned of his gay porn past, but Griggs denies that.
  5. DAYS: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    I'm the complete opposite of you. I think Freddie Smith is terrible (though he didn't used to be). I think Billy Flynn (Chad) puts in real effort to give his line readings a different spin. You may not like the effect he's going for, but it's a conscious decision on his part – not a matter of forgetting his dialogue or the names of his scene partners.
  6. Licensed music and daytime soap operas

    Another Whitney-Jermaine duet was licensed by Another World. "If You Say My Eyes are Beautiful" was Cass & Kathleen's theme.
  7. Soap Stars - Where are they now?

    Diego Serrano (ex-Tomas Rivera, AW) was on HBO's Insecure last night, playing a suitor of lead character Issa.
  8. Another World

    I bought Kathleen Layman as a cop from the get-go but I always felt like Sally Spencer was playing dress-up. It wasn't just the way Spencer played MJ, the writers also had a hand in weakening the character. As with Carmen Duncan's Iris, I pretty much pretended the actress and her predecessor were playing completely different roles.
  9. DAYS: August 2017 Discussion Thread

    Vaughan hasn't appeared on Queen Sugar this season.
  10. Guiding Light discussion thread

    I use a five-year-old iMac with Chrome or a two-year-old iPad with Safari to access this site and have no problem at all with either one. (And I love the videos, please keep them coming.) I just tried it with my four-year-old iPhone, and yes, the heavy video threads are a disaster -- but I wouldn't expect any different.
  11. Another World

    IMO, 1980, 81 82 and much of 83 are better left forgotten in the annals of Another World, with the exception of a handful of performances and stories.
  12. Soap Stars - Where are they now?

    Yeah, I think 54-year-old James Hyde looks pretty amazing, so does Dana Sparks at 55.
  13. Days: July 2017 Discussion Thread

    Ron's first script is tomorrow, that was Dena's mistake.
  14. Days: July 2017 Discussion Thread

    Yeah, I hope Ron C. redirects Sonny's character back into Freddie's comfort zone as an actor, because the last few months of performances have been embarrassingly bad. It's obvious now that Freddie has very limited range and if they're going to keep him around -- which they must in order to effect a certain reunion -- they have to reconsider Sonny's arc.
  15. I always assumed Lemay's late '80s story bible was responsible for the introduction of Olivia Matthews, the return of Russ (in limited capacity) and the increased use of Aunt Liz. Rumor was that he also wanted to bring back Pat, but Donna Swajeski didn't follow that thread.