The ironic thing about the Top 10 Storylines of 2007 is that even though we hate mob storylines, murder, and the killing of veteran and heritage family characters, five of our Top 10 involved the death's of veteran or heritage family characters.
We hate that General Hospital killed off Alan Quartermaine but there is no denying that the Metro Court Hostage Crisis was a great format and that there have been many repercussions. We hate that One Life to Live killed off Asa but how they have used the death to spawn other storylines has been flawless. We hate that Days of Our Lives killed off John but it provided two of the best weeks the show has had in a long time. We hate that General Hospital killed off Emily Quartermaine but it provided Tyler Christopher, Rebecca Herbst and Leslie Charlson the opportunity to display some of their best work in years. On Guiding Light, I personally never cared for Tammy but if one takes a look at the repercussions of her death there is no denying that killing off Tammy had a major impact.
Top 10 Storylines
1. Metro Court (General Hospital)
2. Asa's Death and reading of the will & Viki in Paris Texas (One Life to Live)
3. Luke & Noah, daytime's first gay couple (As the World Turns)
4. John Black's Death (Days of Our Lives)
5. Emily's Death (General Hospital)
6. Tammy's Death (Guiding Light)
7. Who Shot Stephanie (Bold & Beautiful)
8. 70th Anniversary Episode (Guiding Light)
9. 5000th Episode (Bold & Beautiful)
10. Stephano's Return (Days of Our Lives)
One thing that Lisa and I have discussed at various points throughout the year is how few really good couples there are in daytime anymore, in terms of true romance. That is one of the reason's why the Top 10 Couples of 2007 was a hard category to decide on.
Top 10 Couples
1. Luke & Noah (As the World Turns)
2. Elizabeth & Jason (General Hospital)
3. EJ & Sami (Days of Our Lives)
4. Luke & Tracy (General Hospital)
5. Jared & Natalie (One Life to Live)
6. Lucky & Sam (General Hospital)
7. Lizzie & Bill (Guiding Light)
8. Lucas & Sami (Days of Our Lives)
9. Colleen & Korbel (Before Recast, Young & Restless)
10. Ashley & Coop (Guiding Light)
Luke & Noah: No couple in daytime received as much mainstream press as As the World Turns' Luke and Noah. However, what is ironic about this couple is that even though they made headlines for being the first gay couple in daytime they are actually an honest to goodness romantic couple.
Elizabeth & Jason: Liason made earned the second spot on our list for the sheer fact that this couple has been years in the making and even though they slept together in 2006 it was 2007 that they finally came into their own.
EJ & Sami: You might find it odd that Days of Our Live's Sami Brady appears twice on our list but we had to do it. There is a connection and chemistry between EJ and Sami that can not be denied and everyone can tell that Sami is fighting her feelings for EJ. However, the reason we've ranked EJami so high is because EJ has done one thing for Sami that Lucas has never done and probably never will. EJ accepts Sami for who she is, no matter what.
Luke & Tracy: Who knew that Luke would ever find a woman beside Laura he could truly love? Certainly not Luke. But that is what has happened with Luke and Tracy Quartermaine and what started out as blackmail became true love in 2007. Tracy accepts Luke for who he is, long "vacations" and all but will still call him on his crap. Luke sees through Tracy's frosty exterior and loves her for her insecurities.
Jared and Natalie: Two word is all it takes to describe this couple, fantastically refreshing.
Lucky & Sam: 2007 may have been the year of Liason but 2008 is almost certainly going to be the year of LuSam. They're popularity continues to sky rocket and the fact that they even those of us who aren't fans of the couple can admit they are hot together has to say something for them doesn't it? It would not surprise us if this couple moved much higher on next year's list.
Lizzie & Bill: These two are the newest couple on our list and they've only slept together once but its obvious that Guiding Light has struck gold with Lizzie and Bill. These two have single handedly made it worth watching Guiding Light again and that doesn't happen very often. Now if they would just keep Ava away from them everything would be right in the world.
Lucas & Sami: For years we've wanted these two to get together. For years we've wanted to Lucas to accept Sami for who she is. Well we got one of our two wishes and in many respects it was worth it. Unfortunately Lucas never seems to be able to accept Sami for who she is and unless that changes this couple doesn't have a prayer. Last year this time Lumi would have made it into our top 3 picks, the way things are going Lumi won't even be on next years list.
Colleen & Korbell: The Young & Restless struck gold with Adrienne Leon and Eyal Podell as Colleen and Korbell and then they had to go and #&@#$@#*& it up by firing Adrienne Leon because of her weight and recasting the character. So here is to the one true Cadrian. You'll never be the same and we miss you dearly.
Ashlee & Coop: Why do we love Coop and Ashlee? Besides their cool squish name, we love that Ashlee is the confident one, that Ashlee insisted that Coop win her and has made the otherwise bland character of Coop into someone likable and dare we say fun?
Honorable Mentions: Our own Belinda (Daytime Confidential) & Jerry Jacks (General Hospital), David Vickers & John McBain (One Life to Live), Stephanie & Brooke (Bold & Beautiful), Marina & Cyrus (Guiding Light), Brad & Katie (As the World Turns)
Top 10 Most Missed Characters
1. Minority Characters (All Soaps)
2. Asa Buchanan (One Life to Live)
3. Helena Cassadine (General Hospital)
4. The Bauer Family (Guiding Light)
5. A Living Quartermaine Family (General Hospital)
6. Victor Kiriakis (Days of Our Lives)
7. James Stenbeck (As the World Turns)
8. John Abbott (Young and Restless)
9. David Hayward (All My Children)
10. Eric Brady (Days of Our Lives)
Minority Characters: What has happened on daytime and the hiring of minorities is downright shameful. Am I just talking about races here? Absolutely not. Do the powers that be honestly think that when we walk down the street or go to work, everyone is a tall, gorgeous, size-zero Caucasian? While I am grateful for the Lopez family, the Vegas and the Winters, the NFL would launch an investigation concerning the lack of diversity on daytime. Shape up soaps or I'll sic Oprah on you.
Asa Buchanan: While One Life to Live has been invigorated of late, we still miss the anchor of the Buchanan family. We miss his schemes, his love and mostly his leadership. The show just isn't the same.
Helena Cassadine: This is for Luke or he wasn't going to publish my list. Seriously though, a true and shocking evil is needed in Port Charles. Not the defanged Helena who quakes at Sonny but the TRUE Helena who would smash anyone in her way.
The Bauer Family: Since the decimation of the oldest family in daytime began, the soap hasn't recovered. Ed, Michelle, Maureen, Hope, Alan-Michael (yes, he's half-Bauer) are gaping holes in a once great soap.
A Living Quartermaine Family: NO MORE GHOSTS. Dang.
Victor Kiriakis: Where has the suave, debonair yet sinister villain who made you continuously want to see him punished yet secretly rooted for him to reunite with his true love Caroline Brady? It’s a travesty that he isn’t on my screen.
James Stenbeck: Speaking of villains, does it get better than James Stenbeck? Does it get better when you know the incomparable Anthony Herrera is giving everything he has to this fantastic role?
John Abbott: Only if he realizes that a father should support his only son.
David Hayward: Ah my dastardly Dr. Death. Pine Valley hasn’t been nearly as fun or as interesting since he’s been gone. What a partner in crime he’d make for Richie!
Eric Brady: With rumors of John coming back from the dead and Sami going through everything under the sun, it makes sense for her twin to be back and be in the middle of it all. Yin to her Yang, Eric is one of the few who could talk Sami down while allowing her to be the delightful vixen she is.
This was the easiest of our Top 10 of 2007 Lists. It fell into place almost without thinking. Any soap viewer who endured one or more of these travesties should give themselves a pat on the back for having made it through 2007. Here's to hoping that TPTB have learned from the mistakes of 2007 and won't repeat them in 2008.
Top 10 Travesties
1. The Destruction of All My Children
2. The Dismantling of Young & Restless
3. The Systematic Extermination of the Quartermaine family (General Hospital)
4. The firings of Victoria Rowell, Adrianne Leon, Stuart Damon, Eileen Davidson, Drake Hogestyn, Phil Carey, and Cady McClain (twice!)
4. Cleo Babbit (As the World Turns)
5. Vincent (Passions)
6. Paul/Meg/Craig (As the World Turns)
7. Josh & Cassie (Guiding Light)
8. Constantine (Bold & Beautiful)
9. Touch the Sky (Days of Our Lives)
10. Lack of Minorities on Soaps STILL (All except One Life to Live)
Without question General Hospital had the best year in terms of newcomers. It dominated our list with four extremely talented actors Megan Ward, Sebastian Roche, Carolyn Hennesy, and Brandon Barash. No other show could even compete with as many great new characters.
Top 10 Newcomers
1. Megan Ward (Kate Howard, General Hospital)
2. Billy Miller (Richie Novak, All My Children)
3. John Brotherton (Jared Banks, One Life to Live)
4. Sebastian Roche (Jerry Jacks, General Hospital)
5. Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, General Hospital)
6. Murray Bartlett (Cyrus Foley, Guiding Light)
7. Dylan Bruce (Chris Hughes, As the World Turns)
8. Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (William Richard Winslow, Guiding Light)
9. Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, General Hospital)
10. Sabine Singh (Greenlee Smythe, All My Children)
It was extremely hard to choose between Megan Ward or Billy Miller for the number one spot on our list.
Billy Miller's Richie Novak is without question the best male character All My Children has created in at least three years. Sure he is twisted and dastardly but that's what makes him fun to watch. He says things to characters such as Ryan, Jonathon, Annie and others that many of us as fans have been dreaming of for years. All My Children finally has a true villain and its worth it.
Now with all that being said, you may be wondering how in the world did General Hospital's Megan Ward as Kate Howard earn our top spot when Billy Miller was such prime candidate? To put it bluntly, Sonny Corinthos. From the moment she burst into the coffee shop demanding to use the phone Megan Ward's Kate Howard has done for Sonny Corinthos what multiple Brendabots failed to do. She has put some humor back in Sonny's world. Megan Ward and Maurice Bernard have obvious chemistry and one can often see a twinkle in the eyes of the two actors during their scenes. What is most amazing though, is how Megan Ward and Kate have single handily made it possible for those of us who have been railing against the Sonny dominated mob violence of General Hospital enjoy the occasional Sonny scene without wanting to blow our brains out with Jason Morgan's sniper rifle.
Each of the remaining actors on our list have brought something unique to their respective show which we thought should be highlighted.
John Brotherton as the caddish rogue Jared Banks has made it possible for One Life to Live fans to put the Jolie vs. JoVan wars behind us. Thank goodness. Our recommendation; enjoy him while you can because he could be the next Josh Duhamel.
Sebastian Roche is probably the most controversial of our picks as Jerry Jacks but there is no denying that he is a talented actor and that Jerry Jacks provides an important counter weight to the Sonny and Jason love fest.
Carolyn Hennesy and her character Diane Miller have provided us the viewers with more laughter than one could ever imagine. From her fashion obsession, her superiority complex, her snarky one-liners, and her hard line insistence that Sonny keep her out of his business we can't help but love her.
What is there to say about Guiding Light's Murray Bartlett as Cyrus Foley? As Lisa put it "He has given GL the missing suave element that was needed in the younger adult set. He is a good foil for the heroes as well as the villains on that soap. You want to scold him for being a bad boy but dong gone it! You can't get past his charm."
Who knew that when As the World Turns recast the character of Chris Hughes yet again that we'd end up with such a refreshing actor as Dylan Bruce? One might have thought that opposite Don Hastings, Katherine Hayes, and KelleyMenighan Hensley a newcomer such as Dylan Bruce might have fallen flat but he hasn't. He hasn't. He has excelled.
Guiding Light's Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick as William Winslow is the youngest and the newest actor to make our list. No one, not even All My Children's Billy Miller does creepy as well as this Davey-Fitzpatrick. Unlike many child actors whose characters have to be SORASED we would like nothing more than to watch this actor and his evil character grow up on our screens.
The last of the four General Hospital actors to make our list is Brandon Barash as Johnny Zacchara. With all of our distaste for General Hospital's mob element we actually like the dynamic he and his character bring to Port Charles. We can only hope that his relationship with Lulu and the rumors of his pairing with Maxie will give him something other than the mob to focus on. To put it simply, Barash brings something a lot of newcomers don't and that is a talent and chemistry with almost everyone he shares a scene with.
Lastly, we chose All My Children's Sabine Singh, who quite possibly had the worst possible job of any newcomer in 2007. Filling the shoes of a popular actress and an equally popular character. As Tina put it "Sabine Singh deserves to be on the list for taking all the #$&^$ thrown at her byTPTB . She has jumped through every hoop imaginable, and endured some of the worst backlash in recent All My Children memory with a smile on her face, a determination to do her best with what she's given, and never a complaint." For this reason we have included Singh on our list. Kudos to Singh for surviving 2007. We wouldn't wish her job on anyone.
Honorable Mentions: Laurretta Vaughn (Kit, As the World Turns) Daniel Goddard (Cane, Young & Restless), Josh Duhon (Logan, General Hospital), and Jason Gerhardt (Coop, General Hospital)
It's that time of year again. The time to take a look back at all the events of the year about to fade into history and figure out what has defined, changed, shook up, or made an impact on the world of daytime as we know it. Each day for the next 9 days we're going to publish a new Top 10 List for 2007. First up the Top 10 Newsmakers & Headlines of 2007.
Top 10 Newsmakers & Headlines of 2007
When we narrowed down this list to the final ten we looked for a combination of headlines of major impact to daytime shows and headlines that surpassed the "normal" daytime media and made national news. From Rosie vs. Elisabeth's monumental clash on The View to the loss of Hunter Tylo's son and DUI's of Kirsten Storms (General Hospital) and Sean Kanan (f. Bold & Beautiful) each of these stories grabbed national attention and put daytime "on the map". On the other hand, the firing of Dena Higley and Megan McTavish from One Life to Live and All My Children respectively had an immediate impact on the daytime industry.
1. Rosie vs. Elisabeth on The View READ MORE