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  1. Y&R: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    I'm only watching Y&R very sporadically but to temper the concern somewhat... If MY is essentially saying he wants to replicate the UK/Aus approach through "one ep=one day", there are plenty of times when they don't follow this rule. Particularly around big cliffhangers, weddings etc where the day may be stretched over 2-3 episodes. I would hope that the same common sense would be used for Y&R so that it's not completely arbitrary.
  2. Old/Classic B&B discussion&articles

    That Sheila/Sally scene is absolutely magic. A testament to Darlene Conley, Kimberlin Brown and the juicy soapy goodness that B&B used to be. I was only around 13 when that aired and I still distinctly remember the thrill of those two characters interacting because I hadn't seen it before (and don't recall it happening again). Yet more reminders of the squandered potential the show has. Edited - I've just watched the clip of Sheila/Stephanie where Sheila asks if she never wanted to lose control when Brooke went after Eric. "I never wanted to attack her physically!" At the time I just loathed Stephanie has a hypocrite but now I suspect it was just the start of the writing rot setting in.
  3. Coronation Street: Discussion Thread

    I always expect the episodes to be butchered but each one is getting a 35 minute slot which, to me, suggests they won't need to cut for ads as they would with a standard 30 minute slot. I think generally ITV3 only edits if the material is unsuitable for daytime but I could be entirely wrong.
  4. Coronation Street: Discussion Thread

    In a bit of unexpected news ITV3 is going to start airing repeats of Corrie from October, starting with Alan Bradley's first appearance in 1986. They'll be airing two eps a day and given the show was only on twice a week back then, they'll blast through fairly quickly. I should imagine the eps will make their way online for those interested...
  5. B&B: August 2017 Discussion Thread

    I've just caught up on this week and the Sheila/Quinn catfight on Monday was [!@#$%^&*] brilliant. I know shows don't do them these days because of the cost of stunt performers and I also find them a bit dated unless there's strong enough conflict to warrant it but it was really well produced. I also thought the way the scenes were written and choreographed put both characters on a pretty level playing field which tbh I don't think B&B has done with two characters since Sheila/Stephanie. I liked that Quinn went for it and didn't continue down the rather out of character snivelling routine she's done for months. But. They really do need to write Sheila more subtly. They could still play these story beats and make them even more compelling if she was just a little less obvious in her chasing after Eric. The rest of the show is barely holding my interest. I think the Bill/Caroline plot is typically facile - how would they not get caught out? There could be interesting conflict if Brooke was pulled into it too but I don't see that happening because Brad has nothing to give KKL these days, he'd rather use Steffy. The Spectras are in holding pattern - Courtney Hope really is the shining star though. The show is extremely lucky to have her...for now.
  6. B&B: July 2017 Discussion Thread

    Prefacing this with the statement that my expectations of the show are bargain basement low, I'm enjoying the show more than I have for about 16 years and am actually watching daily. Admittedly with steady use of the FF button. I don't remember so many characters and stories being featured since the late 90s, pre-Amber takeover. I also like that, in spite of the numerous erm...story imperfections, characters are also crossing into more than one story and not being islanded. I loathe Steffy but she is acting as a catalyst where she's been used in the past week. As for Sheila, I know I'm in the minority here and have always loved the character but in very broad brush strokes, I think her return has been handled well. I thought 2002, 2003 and the Y&R stories were cheap and played on extremes to the character which barely even existed in her original run. This version of Sheila is what I would have expected 1990s Sheila to become with age and I'm amazed KB has been able to step back into the role so easily, particularly given how fast the show tapes these days. She and John McCook had great chemistry in the hotel scenes and her spats with Quinn have had varying success. They do need to par down the loony fawning over Eric and gushing when she's at the Forrester house - she never even lived there. I do agree that some characters are thick as pig [!@#$%^&*] but god knows that's nothing new on this show, particularly for Eric. And when is Brooke going to be allowed to be an active woman again instead of a passive, simpering, pod person? Even with RJ's accident, she made some mealy mouthed protestations about texting. If that had been Rick or Bridget back in the day, she'd have dragged Coco out of the hospital room.
  7. B&B: Popular actress returns

    Oh damn, now I'm going to have to start watching again. For all the terrible writing on B&B and ridiculous plots given to Sheila since the late 90s, I can't resist Kimberlin Brown on B&B. I'll expect the worst and hope for the best.
  8. Funnily enough after years away and only vaguely keeping up with story summaries since about 2002, I decided to watch all of the episodes around the 30th anniversary and see if I wanted to hang around. The 30th week itself I enjoyed. Great location shoot, Quinn as an interloper, some actual "characters" in the new Spectras... Then as I kept watching, I slowly began to realise why I ended up giving up on the show in the first place. Too many scenes of dullards like Charlie/Pam or Zende/Nicole hanging around talking about characters with more interesting lives than their own. Terrible story pacing - it goes 5mph to 100mph and then just stalls completely. Worst of all, because the characters have been de-aged, recast and slept with or worse married each other so many times, I don't care what happens. I know that everything will just be reset in a few months and start from square one again. Brooke/Ridge/Bill - absolutely no stakes because this story and variations of it have literally happened three times a year since 2001. The show needs structure, long term planning and stakes. For me, Brooke taking over Forrester back in the day was soap gold because you could almost taste the satisfaction - it was a pay off that completely shook up the canvas. And it managed to involve the whole Forrester family in different ways without them sleeping with their in-laws. I don't think the show is beyond salvageable because it should be the easiest soap to pull off that's still on air. There is still an international following, a decent budget, Patrick Mulcahey on staff, a defined concept in the fashion business which is still relevant and only 18 bloody minutes of airtime to fill! There must be so many creative minds who could write a twisty, compelling, sex and glamour soap about a Californian fashion dynasty.
  9. Titans

    From the last two episodes, I think the reason Chandler was adopted was to facilitate his relationship with Heather who was related to the other kids. Perhaps she was Gwen's secret daughter or something (hence the story developing in the final episode about her real background).
  10. Neighbours: Discussion Thread

    I was really surprised by how effective Josh's death was, particularly the writing and acting. I went into the week with low expectations and as soon as the explosion happened, I was taken aback by the intensity of the scenes to the point I was bawling my eyes out by the end of the death episode! Terese, Imogen and even Paige really showed their worth. Brad...less so but there was at least some emotion there. I also enjoyed Lauren getting Terese to confront what had happened and the tears running down her face. One thing that's been striking me recently (though I feel dirty for saying it) is how hammy Jackie Woodburne is becoming at times. I don't know if it's because she's not had a serious story for quite some time but she just seems a bit cartoony. The stuff on Monday where she accused Karl of flirting with Nene should have been a serious precursor to Sarah arriving but instead it felt like a comedy side story. I don't know, I can't put my finger on it. There's a really good energy about the show at the moment and a freshness to the stories. Lots of variation, some good teen actors, intrigue around Ned and this new John Doe guy. I'm enjoying 90% of the show which is rare
  11. Old/Classic B&B discussion&articles

    Thanks for posting these, the BeLieF story is one of my all time soap favourites - a time when B&B was firing on all cylinders as delicious, trashy soap. These scenes (and the following blow up after the masseuse etc) are such a rich pay off between Brooke and Stephanie. I don't think I've ever been as satisfied watching a fictional character (Stephanie) get what they deserved. Obviously it was all for nought given the way the show progressed and horrific writing for Brooke as a character but you don't earn moments like that in soap any more. It felt like the show was spinning on its axis and everything was exploding.
  12. Primetime Soaps

    I've just finished watching what's available of Berrenger's and it was far better than I expected it to be, possibly because it was Lorimar as opposed to another Shapiro show. I'll post some random observations. The main 'issue' I had with it is exactly as mentioned above in that there are just too many characters so it feels like stories disappear for episodes at a time or characters with potential just never really get going. That' definitely the case with Berrenger granddaughter Melody and her husband Todd - there are constant Macbeth hints about them and some interesting stuff where Melody pulls a nasty trick on her mother Babs, but it doesn't lead anywhere. I sensed by the last episode posted that a story was finally brewing for them. However the upside to the number of characters is that it kept the show highly watchable and there were very few occasions where I was tempted to hit the FF button. The Shane Bradley character did annoy the hell out of me (mainly for being a homewrecker whilst self-righteously whining about everybody else). Thankfully the size of the cast meant that she was used appropriately. If this was Dynasty in the same era, she'd have been front and center constantly. The production values are great - the department store sets look good, plenty of location shooting in NY and LA and some great party scenes for product launches etc. The show really felt like it was hitting its stride by the last episode I watched. Babs, Gloria, Todd and Melody were moving into really interesting areas and I'd love to know what was planned.
  13. Home and Away: Discussion Thread

    There's a vindictive side of me that finds this satisfying, having been a Neighbours fan for many years. I used to love H&A at various points but thoroughly believe that for the last 5 or 6 years it's been absolutely dire. So to see the budget and publicity it's had in comparison has been irritating. I don't want to see the show fail but hope this leads to a serious wake up call because there is literally nothing about it now that I find compelling or watchable at all.
  14. Primetime Soaps

    A poster has uploaded a large chunk of the run of Berrenger's: This is one of the few primetime soaps I've never seen so looking forward to binging. I've watched Episode 2 so far and whilst I can see why it didn't last, it's nowhere near as dull as Emerald Point.
  15. Emmerdale: Discussion Thread

    To be honest I only watch it very occasionally, usually for big events or if I'm at my parents' (it's the only soap they've kept watching). There's something about the show that just hasn't clicked with me since the early 2000s, pretty much in line with when it went to 5 days a week. I used to like the countryside archetypes - the farming family, the rich family in the big house, the newcomers, the stragglers who have lived in the village forever. Then it just became a rotation of disparate characters to pad out the cast and I always hated the Dingles. I did come very close to being a regular viewer again when Gavin Blyth was EP. There seemed to be a buzz about the show and the stories were more reminiscent of what I used to enjoy, particularly with the Wyldes. That aside there have been bits and pieces which I've thought were excellent and only Emmerdale could pull off. Off the top of my head, Laurel's baby dying, Shadrach's death and the Cameron hostage stuff last year. The latter in particular is something that just doesn't work in Corrie or EE.