No. 5: Angie Hubbard, All My Children
Debbi Morgan’s return to Pine Valley as Angie, with the relaunch of All My Children, has nearly erased all memory of the YoHarmony debacle on The Young and the Restless. This summer we watched as Angie searched for answers in her daughter’s kidnapping. We saw her grapple with the awful truth of Cassandra’s (Saleisha Stowers) rape and drugging when her beloved daughter was returned to her arms.
However, it was this week’s episodes—where Angie poured out her soul over the swirl of conflicting emotions regarding Cassandra’s desire to end the pregnancy—that gripped me most of all. It was easily one of the most emotional, bad-ass performances of the summer. Angie broke it down.
Estranged lovers Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson) just can't seem to stop running into one another. Salem really must be "Small Town, U.S.A.," except for, ya know, the fact that it has warring cosmetics firms, a publishing house and a resident, international super criminal.
While Bristen was reconnecting, JJ (Casey Moss) was fielding a visit from Abe (James Reynolds). Elsewhere, Theresa (Jen Lilley) was being caught by her Uncle Roman (Josh Taylor); WilSon (Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith) were smooching and Sami (Alison Sweeney) was bonding with Marlena (Deidre Hall) over their dislike of Adrienne (Judi Evans). Watch Tuesday's Days of Our Lives recap video after the jump!
Kristen (Eileen Davidson) thought her plan to use Eric (Greg Vaughan) to get back at his family was tied up in a nice, little package with a bow on top. However, since learning there may have been a problem with the drug she used to rape the priest, Kristen has been scrambling to prevent the truth from coming out.
How far will she go to cover her tracks on Days of Our Lives? Watch this week’s DAYS promo after the jump! READ MORE
Holy sexual innuendo alert, Batman! General Hospital alum Jen Lilley made her Days of Our Lives debut this week, when her new mystery character happened upon ripped, dope-peddling teen terror, JJ Deveraux (Casey Moss), in the park.
After only a few minutes of banter about how JJ's "stuff was too good to sell" and how the young woman could "get a taste" if she came back to the Horton family home with JJ, I was in need of a cigarette. This should be fun!
Elsewhere in Salem, U.S.A., Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) broke things off with Daniel (Shawn Christian); Theo's uncles faced off over Abigail (Kate Mansi); Gabi (Camila Banus) confided in her pal and Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson) made threats. Watch the recap video after the jump! READ MORE
On today's Daytime Confidential podcast Luke Kerr, Jamey Giddens, Jillian Bowe, Regan Cellura and Melodie Aikels debate the ever-so-awkward 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards. They dish out some tough love to General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live, while applauding Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful and All My Children.
From screwing up journalist credentials to Aisha Tyler having to save the day, the production of the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards was an awkward mess. Kristen Alderson and Chandler Massey won the Younger Actress and Actor Awards. General Hospital’s Julie Marie Berman beat out Katherine Kelly Lang in the Supporting Actress category. Billy Miller and Scott Clifton tied in Supporting Actor. Heather Tom reigned supreme as the Lead Actress winner. Doug Davidson’s tears helped him win Lead Actor. Jamey dishes scoop from the Daytime Emmy red carpet, press room and after parties. Also, who would win in a cry off, Davidson, Jonathon Jackson or someone else? Days of Our Lives pulled off a major upset by winning Outstanding Drama.
Kelly Sullivan is out at General Hospital. Who knew spending two years on a soap made an actor a veteran? Does anyone actually believe that Monica would let the man inadvertedly responsible for Michael’s rape live in the Quartermaine mansion? GH cannot push the fact that Franco is a serial killer under the rug, in its failed attempt to make him a corporate raider. If GH cannot fix Franco quickly, should the ABC soap let Roger Howarth go at the end of his contract? When fans asked for more Quartermaines they expected to see more Quartermaine favorites, not new characters in the Quartermaine mansion.
Lightning did not strike twice for Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco. General Hospital needs to get Silas and Sam out of each other’s orbit, ASAP. Would Silas being part of a hospital takeover storyline, where he faced off against Patrick, save the character? Who could have guessed that, of the three former One Life to Live stars, it would be Kristen Alderson’s Kiki that fit back into the canvas best?
Maura West’s Ava Jerome has been a revelation, but she needs to be quickly moved out of the Franco storyline. GH should play up the Jerome mob history. Should General Hospital bring Lucas Spencer, a Jerome by blood, back to Port Charles? Would he make a good love interest for Felix?
Did Prospect Park really need Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson on One Life to Live? All My Children has been fantastic without Susan Lucci, but One Life to Live got Howarth back and has wasted him. Does this prove once and for all the success of a soap is less about the star and more about the writing? OLTL needs to be fixed quickly.
The Young and the Restless even more problems than General Hospital. Mark your calendars, because Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens is FINALLY over Villy. Summer’s paternity storyline and Phyllis trying to keep her daughter from Kyle has exposed problems with Y&R’s storytelling. Was it a mistake to recast Kyle in the middle of a major storyline? Has Y&R hurt itself by recasting so many characters?
Jamey has a solution for Y&R’s Dylan problem. Why has the soap been telling such a lame MS storyline for Melody Thomas Scott’s Nikki? Jillian suggests a possible MS storyline that could have been epic. Luke wonders why so many couples—Summer and Kyle, Abby and Detective Chavez, Dylan and Chelsea and Kevin and Chloe—lack chemistry. Mel wants to see Tyler and Lily have sex.
Y&R’s single saving grace has been the Michael/Lauren/Carmine/Fen storyline. The DC gang doesn’t want to see Carmine killed off. However, if Y&R does get rid of Carmine, should GH snap Marco Dapper up? Mel is not happy about Adam’s storyline or hopping into bed with yet another new character. Jamey reveals how he thinks Y&R should have told Adam and Chelsea’s storyline.
Nicole (Arianne Zucker) tried to rouse Eric (Greg Vaughan) from his drugged state, but he kept passing out. Instead of calling 911, Nicole tried to sooth his fever with a washcloth. Remind me never to trust Nicole in a medical emergency. After what seemed like forever, Nicole rushed to the lobby and got help.
Kristen (Eileen Davidson) was confronted by a hotel employee, because he thought she hadn’t paid for her room. Luckily, the front desk clerk, who said she hadn’t gotten the paperwork done amid the phone problems, rescued her. When Kristen got home, she started rewatching her sex tape. The scientist Kristen employed to create the drug showed up at the DiMera mansion, and revealed there was something wrong with one of the drug’s ingredients. It turns out; Eric might remember what happened to him. READ MORE