This Week in Daytime: Snubs, Lovers and Recasts
This Week in Daytime,
I choked at some of the people snubbed by the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy nominations. I realize there are only so many people who can be nominated in each category, not to mention sometimes less-than-stellar submission reels and backstage politics playing factors, but Stacy Haiduk, Alison Sweeney, Laura Wright, Maurice Benard, Sharon Case, Scott Evans, Brett Claywell and Ron Carlivati and the One Life to Live writing team all deserved nominations. There is absolutely no justification for that hack Chuck Pratt getting a nomination for almost destroying All My Children. Just once I’d like to see a nomination list that didn’t make me go “huh???” A pipe dream I know.
I realized just how much the soap genre is in trouble, thanks to a miniature horse named Einstein who received more promotion on The Early Show than the build up to the announcement of the Daytime Emmy nominations.
I wondered if General Hospital's Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) would forget Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) birthday–if they were still together–like he did Sam’s (Kelly Monaco). For some reason I doubt it.
I imagined that Cody Paul (Graham Shiels) would make an excellent addition to Michael’s (Chad Duell) prison storyline on GH. Having already served time, he could be written into the storyline in a variety of ways.
I shouted NOOOOOOOOO while watching Billy (Billy Miller) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) get married in Jamaica. For the longest time I always had a The Young and the Restless couple I could get behind, but lately there isn’t a single romantic relationship in Genoa City I care about. Where has the romance gone?
I loved Betty White on Saturday Night Live. She was hilarious! Now people are talking about her hosting the Oscars and I have to admit I think she’d do an amazing job.
I anticipated Adrienne Frantz’s return to The Bold and the Beautiful as Amber. DC's Jillian reported it months ago, but now that Amber has finally said goodbye to Genoa City, I am popping myself a big bowl of popcorn and getting ready to watch the chaos she wreaks when she returns to mix things up with the Forresters and Logans. Amber is one of my all-time favorite B&B characters and one of the reasons I got hooked on the show. I enjoyed her on Y&R, but someone needs to knock Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) down a few pegs and who better than Amber?
I decided to give Christina Bennett Lind a chance, and take a wait-and-see attitude towards her as All My Children’s Bianca Montgomery. When considering everything AMC did to Eden Riegel’s Bianca I still find it highly suspect that the show felt it was oh-so-important to bring back a character they’ve routinely written into corners and subjected to humiliating storylines, just as Riegel signs with another show. Lind has giant shoes to fill. Let’s hope ABC Daytime doesnt do to her Bianca what they did to Riegel’s.
I expected to enjoy the debut of One Life to Live’s Starr X’d Lovers: The Muscial a bit more than I did. Not that it was bad, I just think I’ve been spoiled by Glee and my expectations might have been too high. I’m looking forward to Monday and Tuesday’s episodes, though.
I laughed when As the World Turns’ Carly (Maura West) realized her do gooder, ex-hubby Jack (Michael Park) was onto her and Parker’s cover up and rushed home to try and prevent him from finding out Parker’s (Mick Hazen) secret. Now that Jack knows the truth, next week’s ATWT should be explosive, pardon the pun.
I pitied Days of our Lives’ Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin). That poor song bird doesn’t have a clue Vivian (Louise Sorel) is destroying her life. I actually prefer her with Philip (Jay Kenneth Johnson) over Daniel (Shawn Christian), but it would still suck to have everyone think you’re cuckoo cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. On the other hand, is anyone else tired of Carly’s (Crystal Chappell) sickeningly sweet innocence? Something must be done to make Carly more interesting. At this point she just comes across as a perpetual victim, unless she’s roughing up Bo (Peter Reckell) in bed that is.
My Totally Subjective Soap Ranking for the Week of May 10 - 14
1. General Hospital
2. Days of our Lives
3. All My Children
4. As the World Turns
5. One Life to Live
6. The Bold and the Beautiful
7. The Young and the Restless