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While driving today, "From a Distance" came on, and it put me in a Bush I era mood. I'm sure we've done a thread like this, but ...

 

"Good news for GH! Gloria Monty is back!"

"If only I could see _____ again" (a tape trading thread)

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"Y&R topples GH in ratings"

 

In reality back then Usenet was how soaps were discussed on the early internet and most people only had access from work. I recall reading that soap operas got their own Usenet group because primetime viewers became irritated at seeing topics about soaps posted in the TV group.

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Oh geez, I can only imagine:

 

AW: "Harding Lemay needs to return!" 

ATWT: "Susan Stewart is a Homewrecker!" 

B&B: "What was that Angela story about again?" 

GL: "GL will survive without Reva!"

Days: "I don't like the Shane & Kayla pairing...."

Loving: "Why doesn't my ABC station air this show?!!?"

Y&R: "CRICKET IS ANNOYING!!!"

"Who else misses SFT?" 

"Linda Fairgate's murder really bothered me...."

"90210: SCOTT!😢"

 

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2 hours ago, ReddFoxx said:

In reality back then Usenet was how soaps were discussed

 

1 hour ago, soapfan770 said:

Y&R: "CRICKET IS ANNOYING!!!"


The Usenet archives are still visible on google groups and I have read some complaining there about Cricket.

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Y&R:
"BRING BACK TERRY LESTER!!!"
"A Kay Doopleganger??....Ridiculous..." 
"Brenda Epperson is Pretty, but....Eileen is Ashley"
"Finally a Jill who can ACT" 
"Y&R to expand longtime Abbott maid's Family"


B&B:
"I give the show 6 months at best"
"Shocker: JoAnna Johnson OUT!" 
"I love Sally!" 
"I don't watch Y&R...Can someone give be a history lesson on Sheila"








 

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3 minutes ago, YRfan23 said:

Y&R:
"BRING BACK TERRY LESTER!!!"
"A Kay Doopleganger??....Ridiculous..." 
"Brenda Epperson is Pretty, but....Eileen is Ashley"
"Finally a Jill who can ACT" 
"Y&R to expand longtime Abbott maid's Family"


B&B:
"I give the show 6 months at best"
"Shocker: JoAnna Johnson OUT!" 
"I love Sally!" 
"I don't watch Y&R...Can someone give be a history lesson on Sheila"








 

 

All so true - but those two made me laugh out loud. They would 100% be topics. 

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Just now, DaytimeFan said:

 

All so true - but those two made me laugh out loud. They would 100% be topics. 

Haha thanks...I think I could have done better, but I was trying to put my shoes into what the frustrated soap viewer circa 1989-1991 might have been thinking! :D 

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17 hours ago, soapfan770 said:

Y&R: "CRICKET IS ANNOYING!!!"

 

17 hours ago, Franko said:

BREAKING: S**t went down on the Y&R set!

 

15 hours ago, YRfan23 said:

Y&R:
"BRING BACK TERRY LESTER!!!"
"A Kay Doopleganger??....Ridiculous..." 
"Brenda Epperson is Pretty, but....Eileen is Ashley"
"Finally a Jill who can ACT" 
"Y&R to expand longtime Abbott maid's Family"

B&B:
"I give the show 6 months at best"
"Shocker: JoAnna Johnson OUT!" 
"I love Sally!" 
"I don't watch Y&R...Can someone give be a history lesson on Sheila"

 

Yes to all of these!

 

I'd add:

B&B: "Why doesn't my CBS station air this show?!!?"

GL: "Big changes to start 1991: new head writer and cast departures."

GL: "Next big changes of 1991: new executive producer and a big return."

Days: "The supercouple era is over. What's next?"

All: "Jackie Collins casts daytime drama stars in her latest miniseries."

 

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1 hour ago, janea4old said:

 


The Usenet archives are still visible on google groups and I have read some complaining there about Cricket.

 

 

LOL I remember the heavy criticism Usenet gave of Victor & Jill sleeping together in 1992 and them calling it gross, it wasn't pretty, yet a bit hypocritical since some posters still wanted Victor with Ashley & Nikki because Jill was too old(!)  

 

3 hours ago, Franko said:

Is Susan Lucci spreading herself too thin?

 

 

20 years ago when Comedy Central use to run SNL reruns I saw the episode Lucci hosted which would've been around the same time Lucci was on Dallas. Lord I remember a major plot point in the HBO movie the Second Civil War  starring Phil Hartman was that Susan Lucci's final episode of AMC was going to in conflict with the planned start day of the war. @DRW50

1 hour ago, YRfan23 said:

Haha thanks...I think I could have done better, but I was trying to put my shoes into what the frustrated soap viewer circa 1989-1991 might have been thinking! :D 

 

SOD called Y&R the most disappointing show of 1990, they loved Victor & Ashley and liked Dru but they had serious hate for the Marge & David Kimble stories. Even in 1999 SOD ran an editorial calling the Kay/Marge Y&R's worst story ever. 

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8 minutes ago, soapfan770 said:

LOL I remember the heavy criticism Usenet gave of Victor & Jill sleeping together in 1992 and them calling it gross, it wasn't pretty, yet a bit hypocritical since some posters still wanted Victor with Ashley & Nikki because Jill was too old(!)  

 

The Victor/Jill hookup was unexpected, maybe that's why it grossed out viewers. I'm surprised viewers thought Jill was too old for Victor, considering JW is 5 years younger than EB. I guess viewers at that time were used to seeing Victor with sweet young things and not with someone closer to his age.

 

The Victor/Jill hookup lead to speculation for years that Billy was Victor's child and not John Abbott's. Look at the timeline: Victor/Jill hookup October 1992, Jill learns she's pregnant March 1993, Billy born July 1993 and was not premature. Given the storylines of the last decade, thankfully there was no Who's the Daddy with Billy.

 

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18 minutes ago, kalbir said:

 

The Victor/Jill hookup was unexpected, maybe that's why it grossed out viewers. I'm surprised viewers thought Jill was too old for Victor, considering JW is 5 years younger than EB. I guess viewers at that time were used to seeing Victor with sweet young things and not with someone closer to his age.

 

The Victor/Jill hookup lead to speculation for years that Billy was Victor's child and not John Abbott's. Look at the timeline: Victor/Jill hookup October 1992, Jill learns she's pregnant March 1993, Billy born July 1993 and was not premature. Given the storylines of the last decade, thankfully there was no Who's the Daddy with Billy.

 

 

Yeah it was rather odd when I went through the reactions of viewers seeing Victor & Jill hookup, there was a lot of ageist comments directed at both Victor and Jill yet later on one of those outspoken ageist posters was all for Victor and Hope when I caught up to reading Usenet 1993 posts, go figure of course!"

 

Despite the speculation Bell wrote it as sure that Billy was Jill & John's son, the same way he wrote Nick as being the son Victor & Nikki when there was a chance he might be Jack's son but Bell didn't allow for ambiguity except when it came down to Cole & Victoria. 

 

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13 hours ago, Franko said:

BREAKING: S**t went down on the Y&R set!

 

Hell, that could be an SON topic in ANY year, lol.

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10 minutes ago, Khan said:

 

Hell, that could be an SON topic in ANY year, lol.

True!

 

A few more:

Will SB survive without Marcy Walker?

Tony Geary is back ... but not as Luke?

This new producer is RUINING OLTL!

This new producer is SAVING OLTL

 

and a little later ...

Debbi Morgan is back ... on LOVING?!

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