In honor of Anthony Herrera's return to As the World Turns as James Stenbeck, here is a somewhat recent clip of one of his many encounters with ex-wife Barbara Ryan. If you are unaware of their long history, Barbara and James have been tangled in each other's orbits for decades. They are twice married and twice divorced, but that doesn't keep James from tormenting his favorite target. Barbara is strong, but she knows that James is a dangerous man. The chemistry between these two is undeniable, which makes them one of my favorite all time couples. There is nothing like watching two professionals making their work look like no work at all.
In this clip, Barbara visits James in prison in 2003 to get answers in the kidnapping of Lily and Rose. The music and lighting set the scene as Barbara faces the man she fears most in order to help find the two girls.
This is one of several James and Barbara clips available on YouTube. Just pop it in the search and view storylines that go back to 1987.
As the World Turns rolled out a new bumper that is pretty snazzy and makes everyone look great and the wonderful Colleen Zenk Pinter look amazing. Check it out.
Poor, poor Meg Snyder. Not only is she married to Paul Ryan but now she's being haunted by the ghost of Sofie Duran. No one, not even Meg deserves that.
This week on As the World Turns Sofie returns to haunt Meg and I thought that this picture of her would make a great "Caption This".
So take your best shot. My feeble attempt is Sofie talking to Meg "You see dead people!."
Who would have thought that any story involving As the World Turns' Meg and Paul could be interesting? After months of back and forth, months of wavering and months of pure torture, they are finally married. Oh wait, more drama. Sofie's dead and the only good thing about it is that other characters like Barbara, Margo, Lisa, and Dr. Rick Decker are integrated with them. Funny thing what character isolation does!
When I first read that John James was coming back, I did not know what to expect. Of all the characters that I would pop back on my screen, the killer doc was not on the top of my list. I may be overstating a return, but it was brilliant. A man spending his life institutionalized for serial murder is now the go to guy for legal defense. Who would know the mind of a killer better than a killer?
The best part, of course, was the horror movie feel of the his appearance. He quickly connected himself to Barbara before moving on to Margo, Paul, Meg, Alison and Susan. Screams, shock and snappy dialogue kept the pace of Oakdale's latest death investigation chugging along. He's gone again, but one can hope that his spirit will linger and close another chapter in the endless drama that is Meg and Paul.
Reva Shayne's blonde tresses never had it this good! Don't be surprised if the divas of As The World Turns and Guiding Light are soon pushing hair care products by Frederic Fekkai on air as Proctor and Ganble recently purchased the brand for an undisclosed amount. Industry insiders speculate Fekkai's global sales at just under $100 million.
The hair care brand is sold in upscale department stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Sephora. By purchasing Fekkai's line, P&G is finally poised to take on rival L'Oreal which has dominated the posh hair care market for years.
Sounds like a great soap storyline in the making to me! Why not have ATWT's Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk Pinter) "buy" the Fekkai line on the soap and have her go to battle with upstart Carly Snyder (Maura West), who also launches her own struggling line?
One of the reasons Y&R was so popular for so long was the glamorous battles between the Newmans and Abbotts over their competing cosmetics lines. And as shows like America's Top Model, The Hills and Project Runway are proving with their niche ratings success, women 18-49 crave glamour, excitement and drama, three things the soaps used to master.
How sad is it that I have to blog my excitement over a Kim and Barbara moment? In the context of everything that has dominated the show (can you say Carly and Jack trying to trap Kit?) over the last several weeks, their scene seemed completely out of place. Don't get me wrong. I savored every rare second of it. First, it's long overdue. Barbara needed to come clean to her family about her oral cancer weeks ago. Second, there has been no support or follow through with this storyline. She's been riding the backseat to her boring daughter in law Gwen's endless issues with baby Hallie and Paul's endless feud with Craig. Third, why Kim? Don't get me wrong. Back in the day this would have been a natural thing, but in today's Oakdale, Lisa (who she told some time ago before she disappeared again) and Kim have little to do, much less support Barbara for the long haul. Fourth, where is this storyline going? Is it going to develop? Are we going to see Barbara actually get more action than showing up for a radiation appointment and having a nurse tell her she needs to find a ride home? So many questions, so little answers.