This Week in Daytime: Flaxen Haired Fools
This Week in Daytime,
I teared up at As the World Turns’ tribute to Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner). The episode contained so many wonderful flashbacks. I was in the midst of patting myself on the back for not letting it get to me when they began Nancy’s Thanksgiving prayer and I knew I was a goner. Of course, that touching scene was immediately followed by Katie’s (Terri Colombino) flashbacks of Nancy. I know each ATWT fan has their own fond memories, but there are three reasons I fell in love with ATWT and Oakdale. 1) I discovered ATWT because it was where my beloved Another World characters ended up. 2) I couldn’t get enough of Jack (Michael Park) and Carly’s (Maura West) on again/off again relationship 3). Katie and Simon’s (Paul Leyden) romance–nurtured by Nancy–hooked me. Share your favorite Nancy Hughes moments in the comments. We miss you Helen Wagner.
I loved GH's Brook Lynn (Adrianne Leon) coming clean to Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) about Carly’s (Laura Wright) plot to get back at her and Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). GH was smart to bring Leon back to Port Charles and, if they are really smart, they’ll keep her around for a long time. However, Lulu is a flaxen-haired fool if she believes Carly’s lies.
I lamented ABC’s What If webisodes. They should have been called What Could Have Been. The Todd (Trevor St. John) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) webisode was the only one I truly enjoyed. However, I will readily admit that after watching Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco’s What If episode, I wished the two actors had ended up on the same soap after Port Charles. I’m not worried, considering they are both on ABC soaps, there is always the possibility One Life to Live’s McBain might one day cross over to General Hospital to take down the Port Charles mob and—at that point—I fully anticipate Caleb and Livvie 2.0.
I laughed at The Bold and the Beautiful’s Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) coming to terms with the discovery they are father and son. Both actors did a bang up job. When Liam hauled off and punched Bill only to watch his father’s expression turn to steel and hear him say he might just make a Spencer yet, I was in heaven at the pure soapy goodness of it all. What made those scenes all the more satisfying was seeing these two talented actors in an excellent story after being let go by their previous shows. Of all the storylines on soaps this week, this was my favorite.
I shouted “Oh Hell No!” at my TV while watching Days of our Lives. I am going to have to find Jamey’s shrine to James E. Reilly and get down on my knees to pray, because if DAYS is even considering pairing Dr. Hairy Chest (Shawn Christian) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker), we have a problem. Reilly needs to come back to haunt the writer's room until this nonsense has been done away with.
I smiled at the return of John Dixon (Larry Byrggman) to ATWT. It just seems so right to have him back.
I sighed with relief when OLTL's Blair (Kassie DePaiva) identified Elijah’s (Matt Walton) charred body. Yes I know it was burned beyond recognition, so there is always the possibility he’ll come back, but for all our sakes, let this story be over and done with!
I enjoyed All My Children’s beautiful actors, beautiful clothes and beautiful sets in wonderfully beautiful HD, but other than beauty, what does AMC have? Nothing. Its storylines contain little, if any, substance, are devoid of originality and, on almost every level, are either going nowhere or in circles. Only 40-50 percent of its cast is actually talented and those who are–like Vincent Irizarry–are getting the cat and mouse game with their contracts. I don’t know what is worse, Chuck Pratt’s reign of terror that forced people to tune in because of its train wreck status, or the absolute lethargy AMC is suffering from under David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski. Jillian and Jamey may be wishing that Lynn Marie Latham was back at The Young and the Restless, but at this point–if we can’t get Lorraine Broderick back as head writer–I’m desperate enough to want Megan McTravesty back as head writer.