I by chance watched yesterday's episode of GH online and I saw that Shawn's son is not only a thief but much like Drucilla on Y&R was he is also illiterate. WHAT THE FUCK? In 2012 someone thought this was a good storyline or way to bring in his son?
Now maybe it is because I am black or maybe it is commonsense, but I would have written the boy in as a well-to-do kid who went to prep school and came to live with his father after his mother died in a car accident. That way there would be this good/bad antagonistic relationship between father and son. And also Shawn would keep his lifestyle a mystery so that his son would not know how he was able to afford to keep his son in private school and pay for his lifestyle. That would lead to the ultimate drama when it was revealed.
I would also cast a new black woman say played by Victoria Rowell whom was a teacher named Veronica James. And knowing that there was a romance on the horizon between Shawn and Carly, his son would plot to get Veronica and Shawn together. Thus, destroying any chance of a relationship between Shawn and Carly, because Shawn's son didn't approve of Carly's connection to the mob and wanted his father to be with a moral woman. So Shawn's son's drive would be to create the nuclear Cosby-like family he never had. READ MORE
Okay so I came across some wonderful clips of Y&R from the 90's. And it got me frustrated because this was when the soap actually deserved to be #1. It earned its keep then and kept the fans on the edge of their seats. This is what you call daytime. This is what they told them to do. This is soap opera. So check out these 3 clips in the playlist and ask yourself this question. Can Y&R ever be like this again?
My answer is not as long as you have the Mo, Larry and Curly at the helm.
If this week's promo proves anything it proves that Sami is about to get a double Wammie in the pain department. Call it past meets the presents. http://bit.ly/zMjRgL
This scene here of Sarah Michelle Gellar sums up why the so-called reformed Kendall as played by AM was never Kendall.
To me Alicia was to AMC what Bedhead is to Y&R as Victoria.
So since we are pitching revamps of Y&R. Here is something I came up with as a lead storyline. There would obviously be more. Yet this is the start. Forgive the typo's.
We start with a party at the Genoa City Athletic Club that everyone in GC has been invited to by a mysterious person. The party is said to have an explosive reveal for all important denizens that will rock GC to the core.
As the denizens prepare for the night each character has visions of times past and wonders if the explosive reveal shall be about them. What secrets could be revealed at the party? And what would be that explosive?
The guest arrive at the GCAC as the party begins unaware of who the host is and where he or she is at. Victor and Nikki think Adam or Jack could be up to something. And Jack and Billy wonder if the Dark Night has some trick up his sleeve and has been waiting to reveal it at the party.
Kay questions if Tucker’s promise to work on being a family was a ruse and that he has some major reveal that will not only embarrass Kay but be his final nail in the coffin for his revenge because Kay gave him up as a child.
Jill, Cane and Lily are concerned that Cane’s mother Genevieve could be up to something.
Nick and Avery are worried that Phyllis may have flown the coo-coo’s nest.
Sharon worries that Adam is up to his old tricks. READ MORE
One of the all time famed soap head writers Douglas Marland wrote and published an article in SOD about how not to destroy a soap. Marland was a former head writer of As The World Turns, Guiding Light, and General Hospital. He worked as a writer on Another World and co-created Loving. He won multiple Emmy awards and Soap Opera Digest awards. Marland, a former actor, loved daytime. He passed away on March 6, 1993. Here is that list.
1. Watch the show.
2. Learn the history of the show. You would be surprised at the ideas that you can get from the back story of your characters.
3. Read the fan mail. The very characters that are not thrilling to you may be the audience's favorites.
4. Be objective. When I came in to ATWT, the first thing I said was, what is pleasing the audience? You have to put your own personal likes and dislikes aside and develop the characters that the audience wants to see.
5. Talk to everyone; writers and actors especially. There may be something in a character's history that will work beautifully for you, and who would know better than the actor who has been playing the role?
6. Don't change a core character. You can certainly give them edges they didn't have before, or give them a logical reason to change their behavior. But when the audience says, "He would never do that," then you have failed.
7. Build new characters slowly. Everyone knows that it takes six months to a year for an audience to care about a new character. Tie them in to existing characters. Don't shove them down the viewers' throats. READ MORE