Going back to OLTL vs AMC debate
I thought the erratic recasting and constant rotation of EPs and head writers ultimately deterred the quality of OLTL
AMC was pretty much consistent from a quality point of view
With that being said OLTL was able to take more chances with their storytelling because of that lack of consistency
Some of the storylines were entertaining and some were a dud
The Goutman interview wasn't bad. (Sometimes it's interesting to hear from a person who's universally reviled, lol.) But the dude asking the questions was horrid. He didn't seem capable of asking even the most fundamental follow-up questions. Goutman mentioned that CBS and P&G had "differing views about some issues". Most interviewers would then ask, "Which issues? Can you elaborate?", or something to that effect. Locher said, "Oh, so they didn't play nice in the sandbox. Wow. Crazy. Hmmm", or something, and just let it go. He did that with 90% of the questions, as though he didn't even listen to Goutman's response.
I too actually didn't mind Maura as Diane. She had the look and the villain factor, perhaps it was just the writing. Donnelly and Walters however were were the superior actresses with Donnelly being the best.
Yes, Jack always treated Nikki better and they looked good together. As much as I enjoy Victor and Nikki's drama it's played out now. Victor is a terrible husband and Nikki needed a life outside of walking around the ranch and raising kids. It was a great move making her involved in business from 2000 onwards. I liked how independent MAB made Nikki around 2009 except for the part where she left Paul because she still had feeling for Victor.
I like having Victor around, I just hate how cruel and crusty they've made him. He used to be an anti hero but now he's just an all out nasty villain.