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Apologies if this was already posted. I will just give the categories and if you want to know any more, let me know.

Best Daytime Couple - Sonny/Carly, GH

Most Boring Couple - Nina/Tomas, Y&R

Best Primetime Couple - Ben/Felicity, Felicity

Most Tortured Couple - Sheridan/Luis, PSSNS

Best and Worst Triangles - Kevin/Kelly/Joey, OLTL/ - Ben/Denise/Andy, ATWT

Most Shocking Plot Twist - Thorne and Macy Elope, B&B

Most Preposterous Plot - Virtual Reality, DAYS

Best and Worst Secrets - Bianca's a Lesbian, AMC/ - Eliot Killed Laura, AMC

Best and Worst Quadrangles - Harley/Phillip/Beth/Jim, GL/Reva/Josh/Olivia/Noah, GL

Best New Male and Female Characters - Henry, ATWT/Alison, PC

Best Female and Male Returns - Phyllis, Y&R/Dimitri, AMC

Worst and Best Weddings - Scott and Lucy, PC/Hayley and Mateo, AMC

Most Realistic Teen - Susan, GL

Most Realistic Family - Nick, Sharon, Cassie, and Noah, Y&R

Dumbest Male and Female Characters - Ridge B&B, Gwen, PSSNS

Best/Worst Recasts - Craig, ATWT/Jake, AMC

Best Vixen - Nicole, DAYS

Best Villain - Edmund, GL

Best Psycho - Julie, PC

Most Annoying Character - May, GL

Best Teen Couple - Philip and Chloe, DAYS

Best New Couple - Leo and Greenlee, AMC

Most Entertaining Daytime Couple - Tabitha and Timmy, PSSNS

Most Entertaining Primetime Couple - Meghan and Sean, Felicity

Best Remote - Venice, B&B

Worst "Remote" - Survivor Island, ATWT

Best/Worst Disaster - Prom Boat, PSSNS/Plane Crash, DAYS

Dumbest Axing - Robin Strasser, OLTL

Best Use of History - PC's Scott Crosses Over, GH

Gone But Not Forgotten - AW on ATWT

Best Breakup - Rick/Abby, GL

Best Revenge - Endicott Awards, ATWT

Worst Mystery - Franco's Murder, DAYS

Best Tearjerker - Macy's Death, B&B

Best Teen Story, Glow by Jabot, Y&R

Best Story - Battle for Jabot, Y&R

Worst Story - Helena/Chloe/Lucky, GH

Most Improved Show - DAYS

Most Disappointing Show - OLTL

Best Primetime Show - Dawson's Creek

Best Show - ATWT

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Best Daytime Couple - Sonny/Carly, GH

LMAO. I wonder if the same people that thought that back then would still feel the same way today

Best and Worst Triangles - Kevin/Kelly/Joey, OLTL

this was the best? I hated it and thought that was when Kelly went downhill

Most Preposterous Plot - Virtual Reality, DAYS

Most preposterous in daytime history. This was beyond stupid and a waste of time, not to mention it lasted way too long

Worst and Best Weddings - Scott and Lucy,

IA, after all the build up Scott and Lucy got, their wedding was rushed and a major disapointment.

Most Realistic Teen - Susan, GL

Dumbest Male and Female Characters - Ridge B&B, Gwen, PSSNS

and almost 10 years later, she was still a teen

Why'd they get this? Im surprised Sheridan didnt get it as she was pretty dumb throughout Passions run

Best/Worst Recasts - Craig, ATWT/Jake, AMC

Best/Worst Disaster - Prom Boat, PSSNS/Plane Crash, DAYS

While I prefer Michael Lowry, I thought Peck was decent enough

lol...I liked the Days plane crash. That was when they were searching for Hope, right?

Dumbest Axing - Robin Strasser, OLTL

She was axxed? I always thought she left on her own

Worst Story - Helena/Chloe/Lucky, GH

I dont recall this story. I beelive Luckywas brainwashed around this time but how does Chloe figure into it? Was this when she was having her psychic dreams with that music box thing?

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I believe Strasser left under pressure from JPF, but I could be wrong? Interesting to see that they liked anything from OLTL at the time.

I liked AMC's Jake recast (J Eddie Peck) MUCH more than Lowry, who always was mopey as Jake (oddly, I liked him a lot more on OLTL last year, well till his chaacter was ruined--so that didn't last very long).

I know I am in the STARK minorigy, and I remember being so at the time, but I liked Eliot and the admittedly ridiculous (did he get plastic surgery so she wouldn't recognize him? I can't even remember? LOL) storyline of him being revealed as Laura's killer. I liked the redemption angle, I liked the aspect of him beign a priest, bringing back in the community center, the material it gave Brooke, the actor, I even liked them as a couple. To me it was classic soap opera--but I aknowlegde it didn't go over REMOTELY well and wqas quickly axed. I think this was one of several examples of Agnes Nixon's tenure as HW again where she tried some storylines that would have gone over better in the 70s than to a modern audience (the uber bland, old school soap heroine Becka being another example). But, I admit with some shame, it worked for me.

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Yes, this was when she had psychic dreams and Helena wanted her dead.

The Joey/Kevin/Kelly praise was a WTF moment, but then, I think the soap magazines wanted to find some sort of praise for Tim Gibbs, as he had been brought in with major hype and was then a disaster for his entire run. I think they were also trying to find anything to praise about the show that year, to seem balanced. The writeup on them is also odd, as it talks about how it is such a "handsome" trio. I don't think so.

Face it: Kevin, Kelly, and Joey are three of the handsomest adulterers on daytime today. But it takes more than good looks to make a perfect triangle, and thanks to a well-written, cautiously paced plot, viewers this year were treated to the final nail in the coffin of Joey and Kelly's tumultuous five-year relationship. Matching up Kelly's guilt over secretly longing for Kevin with Kevin's hangdog, barely concealed desire was a stroke of genius. It truly caught fire once Joey and Kelly tied the knot - thus setting up the time bomb: Would Kevin sleep with his little brother's wife before or after Kelly spilled the beans? Time told, as did Kelly, which shattered the Buchanan boys' worlds - and finally gave Joey an edge. Joey's really ticked off now, and he'd love to find a way to show it. This of course makes for excellent suspense and adds just the right element to keep the triangle in ideal shape.

Analyze this: A former girlfriend asks you for a "donation" so she can be artificially inseminated and have a baby. You talk it over with the wife and agree it's not a good idea. But while your spouse is out of town, she sends an e-mail that gives her blessing for you to share a night of procreative sex with your ex. After reading the message you A) Get your wife on the phone and ask her if she's lost her marbles or B ) Hope in the sack with your former flame, who soon proves to be quite the fertile Myrtle...er, Morgan.

Since this category is Dumbest Male, Ridge obviously selected Option B. And of course, Morgan was the person who sent the cyber-missive, the authenticity of which was questioned by Ridge for oh, about a minute. Only later was he shocked to learn that wife Taylor didn't send the e-mail. Duh.

While Ridge has made some questionable decisions over the years, he's never remotely resembled the village idiot, which is exactly what this bone-headed move made him.

Having to name just one dumbest female character on PASSIONS is tough. But Gwen's year-long failure to recognize the growing romance between her fiance and the housekeeper's daughter puts her ahead of the pack.

She didn't catch on when she spied Theresa in Ethan's arms. Or when she found them cuddling in front of a fire. Not even after walking in on Ethan telling an unconscious Theresa that he loved her. Instead of trusting her instincts, the falsely confident (ex) bride-to-be put her young foe in charge of the wedding, then crowned her maid of honor. It's a miracle that Ethan didn't dump her just for being a bumbling fool.

Since Gwen's idiocy also essentially fueled the entire Ethan/Theresa love story, we were willing to accept it, even if it was sloppy storytelling. It would have been more interesting - and believable - to have emphasized the fact that Gwen's willingness to believe everything was okay was based on her unflinchingly self-defeating determination to appear happy, whatever the cost. Now that she's faced the truth, Gwen's grown some brains - and the story's gotten a lot smarter.

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While I prefer Michael Lowry, I thought Peck was decent enough

lol...I liked the Days plane crash. That was when they were searching for Hope, right?

They didn't like the plane crash because they thought it was silly -- Greta offering to shut the plane door, and then the Gilligan's Island type scenes, and the variety show the teens and Lili put on.

I thought Peck was pretty decent when he had the material. Mostly with Greenlee. That was the only time the character being a self-righteous ass worked, because Greenlee was better with someone who did not enable her endless childless whiny bullcrap. I thought he was pure hell with Lowry in the role and not a lot better with RPG.

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I believe Strasser left under pressure from JPF, but I could be wrong? Interesting to see that they liked anything from OLTL at the time.

I liked AMC's Jake recast (J Eddie Peck) MUCH more than Lowry, who always was mopey as Jake (oddly, I liked him a lot more on OLTL last year, well till his chaacter was ruined--so that didn't last very long).

I know I am in the STARK minorigy, and I remember being so at the time, but I liked Eliot and the admittedly ridiculous (did he get plastic surgery so she wouldn't recognize him? I can't even remember? LOL) storyline of him being revealed as Laura's killer. I liked the redemption angle, I liked the aspect of him beign a priest, bringing back in the community center, the material it gave Brooke, the actor, I even liked them as a couple. To me it was classic soap opera--but I aknowlegde it didn't go over REMOTELY well and wqas quickly axed. I think this was one of several examples of Agnes Nixon's tenure as HW again where she tried some storylines that would have gone over better in the 70s than to a modern audience (the uber bland, old school soap heroine Becka being another example). But, I admit with some shame, it worked for me.

I think he got plastic surgery because of a prison beating, didn't he? I thought the story just was not a good idea for Brooke. Brooke had already had too many romances with men with secret pasts or who had caused her trauma. She was starting to become a parody and becoming more and more isolated -- this was also when they brought in the terrible Laura recast.

I think bringing him back and doing a story with Brooke, but not a romance, would have worked better.

Strasser left because JFP wrote out everyone around her and gave Strasser character-destroying stories she hated, like running over Jessica. She also tried very hard to make Lindsey the new Dorian.

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I thought they were good early on, although I put that down to the chemistry between the actors. Even then I often disliked the writing, which was lazy. I was just hoping to see Carly move in another direction after years of AJ/Jason hell. No chemistry with BW and Steve Burton shut down any time he had a scene with her. For a brief time, it was a nice change.

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I thought they were good early on, although I put that down to the chemistry between the actors. Even then I often disliked the writing, which was lazy. I was just hoping to see Carly move in another direction after years of AJ/Jason hell. No chemistry with BW and Steve Burton shut down any time he had a scene with her. For a brief time, it was a nice change.

Which Carly was this?

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The original Kevin/Kelly/Joey triangle was just awful and the nadir of Gina Tognoni's descent into cold, brittle ice queen. I was so happy to see the back of her the following year and I would never have expected she'd be so wonderful on GL.

However, several years later, Kevin, Kelly and Joey became a huge gold mine to tap into for drama. What was important was that despite many huge mistakes, Michael Malone tapped into the fact that Kevin and Kelly had begun as a sleazy affair, they'd screwed over their loved ones, and their marriage was built on sand and lies and too much pride. After he made them implode, they became a tortured couple to root for. I think they still are. Ten years ago I would never have believed Kevin and Kelly could became a star couple for OLTL, but that's what they did become under Dan Gauthier and Heather Tom, even though OLTL never treated them properly. I think it could still work with Gina.

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These please :)

Worst Mystery - Franco's Murder, DAYS

Ah yes, the never-ending murder mystery. By 2000, I think that was when Sami and Brandon went to Europe somewhere to investigate the girlfriend/family of Roberto (the guy Kate convinced to take the murder rap before he died), and as Sami got closer to the truth, Kate and Lucas gaslighted her with a Will doll and some drug or herb.

Funny how there's all those DAYS negatives (Hi, Virtual Eden!) yet they were still crowned the most improved of the year.

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Imagine, if you will, a door in a castle that transports you to a world only described in the Bible. A Virtual Eden, complete with fig leaf-style garments, a poisonous snake and yes, an apple. Throw in a series of silly tests of virtue, and you've got Greta and Austin's ridiculous storyline. Sure, DAYS has been known to spin far-out tales, but Marlena's possession was more believable than this plot. From the Cheesy special effects to the cartoon-y costumes and ludicrous dialogue, everything about this virtual world was a bust. Unfortunately, the chemistry that exists between Greta and Austin was lost in the mess. Hopefully, like Marlena's possession, that other realm will never be mentioned again.

When Nicole came to town in 1998, she didn't make much of an impression. Who cared about a coffee pourer-turned-fashion model with a "secret" past and no connection to a front-burner family? The character could have slipped out of Salem unnoticed. But something happened when Kate paid Nicole to marry Lucas last year - she turned into a conniving bitch and has now usurped Sami's position as the girl you love to hate.

And ever since she cashed her $5 million check, Nicole hasn't paused on her path of destruction: She slept with Rex, Eric and Victor; got Lucas to hit the bottle again, and tortured poor Greta and Fay. Arianne Zuker effectively punctuates Nicole's scenes with a roll of the eyes, a knowing smirk or an exaggerated sigh, clearly relishing her alter ego's about face. But at the same time, Zuker infuses Nicole with just enough vulnerability (her forced porn past did tug at the heartstrings a bit) so she isn't completely vile. And isn't that the recipe for the perfect vixen?

Remember Franco Kelly? No? Well, then you must have started watching DAYS OF OUR LIVES after September, 1998, when the Italian stallion was murdered by Lucas before he could marry Sami, who was framed for the crime. In the spring of 1999, Sami was nearly executed, but spared at the last minute. Story over? Nope. During the summer of 2000, Sami and Brandon traveled to Naples, Italy to get the evidence needed to pin the killing on Lucas. Victor, Kate and Lucas tried to stop them by drugging and gaslighting Sami. In between awful accents, a dopey disguise (Lucas - yikes!) and silly plot twists (hello, the Will doll), Brandon and Sami embarked on a lukewarm romance that went nowhere. Sure murder cases can take years to solve, but in Salem, where reality is not a priority, it's time to end this drawn-out whodunit. And hey, what was the name of the guy who died?

For a long time, DAYS OF OUR LIVES suffered the effects of head-writer roulette: After James E Reilly's highly touted reign ended in 1997, the show was unfocused. Sally Sussman-Morina and then Lorraine Broderick tried to pick up the pieces, but couldn't. In fact, Broderick lasted a mere two months before Executive Producer Tom Langan assumed the post of head scribe in September of '99.

Well, Langan, who previously toiled at YOUNG AND RESTLESS, must have learned a lot from soap master William J. Bell because DAYS has made a remarkable turnaround. Langan's first order of business: Concentrate on basics, especially families. To that end, he brought back fan favorites like John Aniston, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, and most recently, Melissa Reeves, which helped repair fractured clans. He reunited couples who had been apart far too long (Bo and Hope, John and Marlena), moved others (like Abe and Lexie) to the front-burner and created realistic problems for all. And he successfully wove Generation Next, who had been woefully under-represented, into Salem society.

At the same time, Langan didn't completely abandon the wacky plots that DAYS fans are used to (Hattie worked; Virtual Reality didn't). He streamlined the show by cutting out annoying plot recap and abolished the lazy-writer habit of incorporating frequent flashbacks. After all that, he crafted a tale that touched nearly everyone in town: John fathering Hope's baby. The repercussions have - and will - provide storyline for a long time.

If these are the changes that Langan, Executive Producer Ken Corday and Co. have made in merely a year, the future looks very bright for Salem, indeed.

Lexie and Abe were named Most Rejuvenated Characters, but I don't have that page...

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Vee, I was wondering if you thought that the criticism of OLTL in 2000 was justified, or if the show was really that much worse than in 1998 or 1999. I tend to remember SPW being more positive towards OLTL than Digest was at this time but I wonder if they were just making up for lost time as a lot of the soap press turned a blind eye to JFP's run.

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