My absence from Daytime Confidential lately has not been due to the usual business of family and work taking up a lot of my time, but rather a certain lack energy to post about practically any of the daytime serials that clog up my DVR from day to day. This is neither a positive nor a negative thing because there are frequent periods throughout the year when shows kind of coast along and do their their thing, usually between sweeps.
At these times, there is little for the viewer — if that viewer is me — to get all worked up about this plot twist, that character's action, some couple or another or even a whole show's direction. Normally, this state of affairs hits one or two shows at a time. Every once in a while like the last couple of weeks, the stars align and all the serials get caught in the same momentum of drift. All that is required of us is to watch and see where it all goes.
In that spirit, my brain plays a little game of soap opera hopscotch, taking in odds and ends big and small. There is no great elaboration on anything here, just a quick rundown of things I like and not like so much. Your mileage may vary... READ MORE
Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane...it's Oprah? The Mighty O will be immortalized in the latest installment of the comic book series, Female Force by Bluewater Productions. Female Force are biographical comics based on the lives of influential women and so far have already featured First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Caroline Kennedy and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. READ MORE
Every soap opera has one element in common: conflict.
Conflict, internal or external, is the engine that drives all great dramas, all great rivalries, all great love stories, indeed all great passions from affairs of the heart to affairs of state. The great dramatic conflict that has threaded the entire fabric of the history of the United States has been the relationship between this great country and it's citizens of African descent.
This is not to belittle the struggles and triumphs of any other groups who have felt the sting of discrimination or oppression throughout the course of American history. Obviously, people of various ethnic and religious backgrounds have their own tales to tell. Women have unique testimonies to share. Japanese Americans were unfairly and unjustly treated by the American government during World War II, having since been granted reparations. No one can dispute with any shred of credibility the shameful horrors visited upon Native Americans, casino revenues notwithstanding.
If you think this is the part where I go into a lengthy explanation of how and why African Americans are unique as an aggrieved class, think again. Intellects far superior to mine and history itself makes a far more compelling argument than I can. Besides, Daytime Confidential is not the appropriate forum for such a discussion to take place either. As an African American man on the cusp of middle age who has loved soaps for the bulk of my life however, I feel there are a few salient considerations to be made of the importance between soaps and the inauguration of the first African American president in this nation's history. In order to look forward, I must first look back. READ MORE
Barbara Walters hosted her annual Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People list last night and named Barack Obama as her No. 1 most fascinating person. Check out the list of Barbara Walters' nine other fascinating people of 2008 below.
- Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
- Michael Phelps
- Miley Cyrus
- Rush Limbaugh
- Sarah Palin
- Thomas Beatie (Pregnant Man)
- Tina Fey
- Tom Cruise
- Will Smith
Honestly, the best part of the whole special was the cameo by Joy Behar at the very end. Other than that, the list was pretty predictable.
In an interview with Extra the Mighty O, as Jamey likes to call her, let it be known that she'd tried to get an interview with Sarah Palin. Here is the quote.
"I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over," Oprah reveals to "Extra." "I went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta Van Susteren. She talked to Matt Lauer. She talked to Larry King, but she didn't talk to me. But maybe she'll talk to me now that she has a book deal."
Of course many of the mainstream celebrity blogs ran it as "Sarah Palin Snubs Oprah."
Here is my question. Is it really a "snub" when a person chooses not to go on the show of a person who actively worked to defeat them? If Obama had lost and Sean Hannity extended Joe Biden an invitation to visit Hannity & Colmes and Biden went elsewhere would that be considered a "snub?" Or did Obama "snub" the ladies at The View by not visiting that show once he became the presidential nominee even though he dropped by Ellen?
When is a "snub" actually a snub?
In other Oprah/Obama news: Oprah is taking her show to Washington D.C. for inauguration week.
Barbara Walters is taking a break from the never ending arguments on The View to interview Barack and Michelle Obama for a Barbara Walters Special on Wednesday. Zap2it is reporting that portions of the interview will also air on Good Morning America, Nightline and World News.