Lots of single folks!
I'm in agreement on Mercedes and Sylver. They work for me and I don't really think they need to put the audience through investing in yet another 'good man' for her. He's it (unless the actor bolts then you know the dude is dead)
I have to say I was always suspicious of 'Rocky' from the start. It all seemed 'too good to be true' (and it was) with him. It's a nice twist I suppose. I like him so I hope they don't write him into a corner. So they will.
I just can't take beer belly Ben seriously. LOL. I miss the cuter Ben's with the glasses and personality.
This Ben is hard to invest in. The writing doesn't help. The actor is fine, I like him.
I'm liking seeing Julie and John. Sharing scenes together. I don't even remember the last time they interacted. The Cin scenes were painful. Johnny & Chanel were adorable as always. It was nice seeing Tony. So hoping the Devil possesses Tripp.
1. Certain unnamed podcasts created an unfounded idea that plots and pairings were personal, as if a single actress or writer could create a storyline without going through the vast infrastructure of production and network executives it takes to get a soap on air. Jokes about stealing a parking space became conjecture about disliking a costar being a reason for certain storylines. One is willing to bet that producers who have worked on multiple soap sets over the years don't care about the rumblings of some ingenue who can be replaced and forgotten within a few weeks.
2. It doesn't make you an "insider" when you speculate on how an actor's social media profile (that is probably managed by a PR source) effects their storyline. It just means that you are naive enough to believe everything you read without question.
And 3., far too we accept the exit interview of an actor who is mad about being fired as gospel. Actors are notoriously narcissistic, and just because their egos were bruised by their dismissal, doesn't make their rationalizations true.
The first Viki, Gillian Spencer, did an outstanding job as Niki, who was not OTT, but a good-time blue-collar gal who fell for Vinnie Wolek (Antony Ponzini). Gillian made both upper-class Viki and lower-class Niki believable, and had chemistry with both Lee Patterson and Antony Ponzini. After Gillian left, and Joanne Dorian wasn't up to the job, I immediately liked Erika Slezak, but in her first years on the show I would always think, "But she couldn't play Niki the way Gillian Spencer did." Little did I know that playing alters is what Erika would be doing for quite a long time!
I also liked Manny on GL and thought Joy Lenz was one of the best young actresses I'd ever seen. I also liked Paul Anthony Stewart, an actor who rose above his material on both GL and Loving.
The Harding Lemay era on AW was much overrated.
Worst of all, I actually like Amelia Heinle on Y&R, but then I saw almost nothing of the other Victorias.