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  1. Speaking of "MJ is a whore": What in the hell kind of ending is that to their story? I assume it's been explained before, but I'd love to know the story that led up to the reveal and why on earth they thought this was a good idea? (having said this, this is Frons-era NBC, why am I not surprised?) Can anyone fill in my huge gaps?
  2. Me drinking makes me run my mouth a bit...and I NEVER really voice my opinion around here, but get a few beer in me, and the truth come out, y'all!

  3. FINALLY joined the "DAYS is boring" club. *sigh* I held out as long as I could but....EUGH.

    1. darraholic


      Welcome to the Club.

  4. Found this on Chandler Hill Harben's YouTube. Anyone know whenabouts this is from exactly? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0T9OMInRyg&feature=related EDIT: Didn't notice this had been up a full year on YouTube already. Apologies if someone already posted this.
  5. Yea no, I remember watching pretty much every day from about 1993 on and the theme IS a bit different in the second section. More strings etc. May have been the quality of the recording that caused some of that to be subdued, but you're absolutely right. There is a marked difference.
  6. I find this so bizarre that the ratings back at this time can plummet so dramatically so suddenly. DAYS in every single one of these is either #1 or #2 in the early-to-mid 70s, and yet this most recent posting, even RTPP is beating them. It's postively jarring, especially on a week where AW is #1.
  7. Didn't someone mention in either the GL or ATWT threads that they only have every episode from about 1989 onwards or something? It seems unbelievable that they're missing episodes that recent, but it might also be the case for AW (thus the 1987 start date on SoapNet). How much farther in was the Joey in court episode, do you know?
  8. RE: The 90-min episode. All I can say is HOLY PADDING, BATMAN! I get that they're trying to stall Maryanne but spending three minutes discussing how to break a $10 is absolutely absurd. No wonder the long episodes were such a disaster. I assume things got better as they got more accustomed to the format, but it just feels like too much time is going by without anything happening. It's frankly absurd that they allowed this to go ahead for anything more than a week of special episodes. They'dve been miles better off expanding The Doctors to an hour instead, frankly. Low(er) ratings be da
  9. A slight digression, but what is it with the late 80s-early 90s and making EVERY BLACK WOMAN on TV look exactly like Whitney Houston? Poor Debbi always seems to be dressed up like her twin sister in every video and pic I see of her from that era, no matter which show, AMC or GEN, so I can't lay the blame at the feet of one single stylist. [/rant]
  10. Having said this though, the ratings in its last year at CBS were up a half-point from where they'd been the previous year. I think viewers were just adjusting to the new timeslot the previous year, and likely in a year or two, the show probably would've been getting ratings in the 7s again with a stable writing/production team. It still strikes me as devastating how trigger-happy CBS had always been about cancelling their soaps needlessly. Granted, this is likely the reason why B&B has succeeded on the level it has, as it wasn't replacing anything especially low-rated and was in an optima
  11. I think most of the problem there was that NBC was interfering so much that no one with a name would touch the show anymore after Lemay was out. It said so much about the network's priorities and their level of patience (ie. little to none) for any character-based stories to build up that could've resuscitated the show's fortunes. Why bother risking your rep on a show that would dump you just as your stories were building up in earnest?
  12. OHHH yea. They were getting a 1.6 in their last season and being pre-empted by so many stations (it was airing at 12PM Eastern at the time), it wasn't worth keeping AT ALL from a business perspective. NO soap had ever finished a season with ratings that low before. Unfortunately, I think it had way more to do with a terrible timeslot than anything to do with story.
  13. According to this one source I found (can't remember the name of it, but it's the one that compiled all of the network TV schedules over the years for Wikipedia), virtually every NBC soap in the mid-70s got its own 1hr special (save Somerset, which I guess was too far gone by then for them to bother with). Even How To Survive A Marriage got a trial 1-hr episode in '75, if I recall. Also, Joe Stuart was on the Tomorrow Show episode about soaps that was on YouTube, which aired about a week after DAYS expanded to an hour, and he mentioned that NBC brought up the expansion for The Doctors just
  14. AMC basically exploded from a bottom-rated soap to the middle of the pack in the seasonal ratings out of seemingly nowhere around '73, I think a lot of it would've been down to Erica's abortion and the fact it was essentially the only network programming on at 1:00pm at that point. By '73 they were competitive with the top-rated soaps. Interesting to see how EDGE was still able to pull out a big rating now and again, even though The Doctors' was in what would become their best-rated year. What were the stories that year that brought them those ratings, I'm curious? The thing that stands out
  15. This has been bugging me for awhile: Does ANYONE have any evidence of a Ritz Gregory playing Eric Brady on DAYS between 1994 and 1997? Because I certainly never saw him when I was watching during 96-97 (pre-Ackles), and no one on YouTube seems to acknowledge his existance. I assume JER didn't really either?

    1. ~bl~


      I don't think I have any Days tapes from that era so I'm no help :(

    2. JackPeyton


      Eric was never on from the time Sami came to town until Jensen joined the show.

    3. dayswatchersince1965


      Actually Eric was played by several people before Jensen. A few kid actors, and then there was an actor Ritz Gregory who was on in the mid 1990's who played him off and on. Then after Jenszen left for Supernatural, he played him again for a couple more years.

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  16. Saynotoursoap is making my life worth living right now. A full 1976 Days?? HEAVEN!

    1. YRBB


      +1 Was very excited when I saw this a few hours ago.

    2. DRW50


      And Young Marrieds...and LOVING!!!!!!!!!!

    3. beebs


      I'm only slightly disappointed that I still have yet to see an episode with Susan Flannery as Laura. But all these episodes of all the soaps are just amazing. I'm so impressed with it all.

  17. +1 She was irritating me so much I almost had to turn it off, I couldn't take anymore. They were well eager to get rid of Ann Williams in the 70s, weren't they? Seems bizarre since it essentially left Jo marooned in a familial sense.
  18. I seem to post in spurts, I say nothing to any post for months and months, and then in one night get verbal diarhrea and you can't shut me up. WTF is with that??

    1. Soapsuds


      I dont know but you need to post more.:)

    2. DRW50


      You should just post constantly like some of us do.

    3. beebs


      I'm just worried I'll start then never get any sleep. And what happens when school starts up? I'll be screwed then! Haha.

  19. Didn't they change it to "Victoria Banks" on the poll??
  20. It surprises ME. I find it absolutely surprising that the one character I've always found the least interesting in the entire show is the most popular. There's no range of emotions in him, and no expressions EVER other then bored staring. Mind you, I know that the problem is that the show isn't written for me or my enjoyment anymore. The ones who watch watch it for characters like him so...it SHOULDN'T surprise me, but it still does as I was HOPING the audience that GH has left had more love for those with actual personalities than that.
  21. Such a Frons thing to do. Criticize the public for enjoying something. Obviously NBC wasn't TRAINING their viewers the right way *wags finger*
  22. If I remember correctly, there is a YouTube user that posted a 100+ part series on Carl's redemption storyline that aired from about 1993 onward. That should give you at least SOME idea of the changes that happened under Sloane. IMO, the show became the televised equivalent of white bread about that time, decent, inoffensive but bland, and if you weren't already hooked during Swajeski's era, Sloane's era wasn't gonna hook you on at all.
  23. One thing I DID leave off though! I firmly believe that Where The Heart Is should've been left alone to run in a midday block with LIAMST and Y&R. It would've absolutely become the backbone of CBS down the road from a demos POV. WTHI still comes across to me like the kind of soap that had was just a few years ahead of its time, and had CBS been able to handle the criticisms thrown at it, with Labine & Avila Meyer running the show it would've eventually become a monster.
  24. Absolutely. EDGE being the best example of this. If P&G had left well enough alone I'd say that Edge would still be on now and we wouldn't have an hour of LMAD to contend with. Some of the others I'm not so sure though. I don't think SFT, ATWT or GL sustained any real lasting damage from the moves. I think SFT's real damage was from the one-by-one hacking off of Jo's proverbial limbs in the 70s when they got rid of all of Jo's blood relatives, all in a desperate attempt to woo young viewers. I think SFT had problems, regardless. The "one woman's struggle" angle the show was stuck with hurt
  25. Considering how full ABC's schedule was at that time, the only option would've been NBC who were incapable of keeping the soaps they DID have from spiraling out of control (which spoke more to problems with the network than anything else). I think if they had chosen LOL, they would've put it in the 12:30 slot. I hypothesize that CBS would've canned SFT in '82 anyway, and as soon as Y&R moved into that 12:30 slot, any headway LOL would've made at NBC would've vanished and they'dve been off the air by 1984 at the latest. I don't think any amount of good story could've helped that show at NBC
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