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    It was a great kickoff to the new season. I've long maintained that this show is the closest thing we've got to old-style daytime soaps, before Dallas and Dynasty and the go-go '80s led every show to focus on outrageously wealthy characters and increasingly outlandish plots. Everything that happens in this show seems like it could and would actually happen to these people, and the consequences for them, their family and their community are finely observed. It reminds me of the way Doug Marland built his canvases -- and this season's plot about Nova's book (and the impact it will have on the people she loves) calls to mind Jamie Frame's notorious novel on AW. I also love the way this show looks, from the lighting that beautifully highlights every shade of skin to the artfully composed shots of bucolic Louisiana. My only frustration is that I can't seem to convince anyone else to watch it!
  2. I came here to post the same thing! Jacker did terrible damage to the show but I appreciated that she introduced these characters and gave them agency. And the actors were, by and large, wonderful. It was sad to see so many of them leave so quickly after Jacker's departure. AW tried again in the '90s with the Burrell family, all of whom I liked, but it was half-hearted at best.
  3. That's quite a list! Hard to quibble with any of it, I'd just sprinkle in a few behind-the-scenes developments, e.g. the hiring, departure and short-lived return of Harding Lemay; the disastrous expansion to 90 minutes; the endlessly revolving door of writers and producers in the last 15-20 years; pressure from NBC to make the show more compatible with DAYS; and Beverlee McKinsey's decision to leave for TEXAS (and not come back in the wake of TEXAS' cancellation).
  4. Jordan's son. Rafe is watching the baby while Jordan is locked up. I, too, would like to see Bonnie on screen to liven things up. It's odd, I think a lot of current stuff is intriguing on paper -- Hope attracted to another man, Lani growing attached to a child not her own, Will's brain tumor, Gabi & Stefan's hate-fueled relationship, even the Haley-Tripp-Claire triangle. But it all just falls flat on screen, hampered by first-take performances and momentum-impeding actor guarantees. And where the heck are John & Marlena ( 1 and 4 appearances, respectively, in April) and Susan Seaforth Hayes?
  5. Julie was raped by Larry Atwood in 1978 and was suspect #1 when he turned up dead.
  6. What if GH's Luke Spencer had been killed off after a few months, as originally planned? What if Beverlee McKinsey had gone back to AW after she left Texas? What if the O.J. trial hadn't been televised?
  7. Vicky Wyndham's 20-year perm was ... something.
  8. I think TPTB have demonstrated time and again that they really don't care what Thaao wants, so not bringing back Tony -- which is a smarter choice, storywise -- mystifies me.
  9. His work on AW was terrible. I was excited when it was announced the show had hired him because I'd heard such great things about his OLTL work (and I had been impressed with the little I'd seen). Some of his AW story ideas had promise, but man, did they suck on screen. To be fair, I think it was a time of incredible behind-the-scenes turmoil on the show and he was stymied at every turn by suits.
  10. "Lesley is back in town to honor the late Gail Baldwin, whose final wish was to have her friends together one more time." Does that mean we'll also see Monica, Bobbie, Scottie, Lucy and perhaps even Serena and Audrey? It'll be the first GH episode I've watched in two years!
  11. This really is amazing. Thank you!
  12. Tika Sumpter (Layla, OLTL) will play the mother of Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) in an origin-story (and back-door pilot) episode of Black-ish. The current-day version of the role is played by Anna Deveare Smith.
  13. Entertainment Weekly: "EW has learned exclusively that Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) and Mishael Morgan (Hilary Curtis Winters) will participate in several episodes of the CBS daytime drama to pay final respects to St. John, who played Neil Winters since 1991. Moore will reprise his role as Neil’s brother for two episodes airing April 25-26, while Rowell and Morgan will appear as themselves in a special tribute episode on April 29. The latter will include former and current cast members sharing memories of St. John and will also feature clips of St. John’s most memorable moments."
  14. I like Drake and I think he and Deidre were (and are) a good pairing. But I thought Wayne & Dee were better, and I was rooting for Roman & Marlena rather than John & Marlena. However, I continue to think Jed Allan was Dee's best screen partner --- she became a soap phenomenon after Don & Marlena broke up, but she never again reached the level of performance she did with Jed.
  15. So sad to hear this. I loved him both as Don on DAYS and as CC on SB -- two completely different characters that he performed exceedingly well. Deidre Hall was never better than when she performed with him, and he also had tremendous chemistry with Susan Hayes and Suzanne Rogers. He never got the respect he deserved from the industry.
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