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ABC greenlights two new primetime soap opera pilots … Americana and Nashville!

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While ABC Daytime is all but destroyed from its former self, with the influx of The Chew, and The Revolution, and the status of General Hospital now consistently on the chopping block, the primetime division of ABC apparently sees a resurgence in bringing back soapy drama to the nighttime! Quite the paradox!

According to Deadline.com, ABC has greenlighted two new series pilots that will be at its core … a soap opera.  First, Americana,  a soap set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business.  Can you say, The Bold and the Beautiful, people with a twist? It was written by Michael Seitzman (North Country) who will executive produce with Mark Gordon and Mark Gordon Co.’s Nicholas Pepper.

The second is called Nashville from Oscar-winning writer Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and TV producer/documentary filmmaker RJ Cutler which is said to be a  family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise.  The two will executive produce with Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment, which is being represented by SVP of Media and Entertainment Steve Buchanan. This marks Khouri’s return to ABC where she wrote, directed and executive produced the 2006 pilot Hollis & Rae.

The ABC network is expected to greenlight more drama pilots on Monday.  So what do you think about ABC primetime trying to bring more soaps to its lineup, while ABC Daytime keeps aborting them?  Do you like the themes in Americana and Nashville?  Who would you cast in the lead roles?  Let us know!

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Mary
Mary

if these dopes were going to put SOAPS on Prime time, why wouldn’t they just MOVE the ones already on???? AMC and OLTL would have had a viewer base and I bet everyone wouldn’t HATE ABC/DISNEY!!!!

Barb
Barb

I agree Mary! Makes no sense!! GIVE US BACK OLTL! Can ABCD do anything right!

jan mcgrann
jan mcgrann

Bring back OLTL we love these characters and their history.Why ruin our great daytime shows for new primetime.It makes no sense and I won’t watch it without The Lords,CRAMMERS, and most of all Todd Manning and his family?I wait 8 years for Roger Howarth’s return and you cancel it 6 months later.I will no longer watch ABCif u cancel GH.and we aren’t stupid.You trick us into watching a show and cancel it.All ABC execs should be fired.We want Todd and Blair!!!

Fran
Fran

I would love to have our soaps back and call it the Mannings, Lords, or the Buchanans. I have not watched anything on ABC/D except GH. The Chew, Revolution, and your other shows suck

angela
angela

I agree with you so much. These people are NUTS

Jennifer
Jennifer

^I agree with Mary!^ These new soaps do not sound interesting at all…sorry…will not watch! Bring back ONE LIFE TO LIVE!

Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith

for real what kind of idiots are running ABC/D move the canceled daytime soaps to night and maybe you can get your viewers back!!!

krogers
krogers

There is absolutely no sense putting primetime soaps on while they are destroying daytime soaps. ABC. If the soap opera genre is dead why would they be doing this? I will not be watching these show or any other show on ABC except for GH

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I agree! They said nobody watched soaps anymore! They are putting this crap on to compete with Dallas! Bring our daytime soaps back! Nobody’s watching the garbage you have on now! Admit you’re all morons at ABC!

Michelle
Michelle

Totally agree. Haven’t watched ABC since April 2010, and am boycotting all things Disney.

Michelle
Michelle

No, April 2011 ! 🙂

gloria
gloria

It just gets stupider & stupider (I hope that’s a word) Idiots. Bring back our daytime dramas!

jadid
jadid

Exactly!

Skyzalex
Skyzalex

Now I am more mad at ABC/Disney! First they cancel our soaps, because they said we didn’t want them, or its too much money, now they add two new ones to the line up????? Just give the rights to OLTL and AMC to Agnes and stop insulting your loyal viewers. That is very insulting and just a bad move!!! I will only watch GH and when that is gone, so am I. I will not support any sponsor or affiliates!!!!!

DIANE
DIANE

I think we have been lied to again, didn’t I hear the reason they pulled both shows AMC and OLTL is the shows were to costly to make, plus they weren’t entertaining enough and on and on? then what is all this? we need Todd and Star back home with Blair, and ,I watched GH with Todd he’s out of character, he needs to go back to lanview, along the way pick up the cast of AMC, and dump those other two soaps and and all the replacements shows and make the fans happy, what is so hard about that??

Carol Winogrocki
Carol Winogrocki

I thought I was told that the soaps were too costly to produce and that is why our soaps were cancelled, and the soap genre was dead? What is this all about now? ABC is going back on what they said. In the end it will just mean more people and actors out of work again. Think straight for a change. Leave well enough alone and return our soaps please.

Brittaney Peacock
Brittaney Peacock

I think if ABC wants to bring on more SOAPS why not just bring back OLTL and AMC and make them primetime SOAPS as well? ABC is so damn stupid and are just putting stupid shows on air that no one wants to watch and it is a waste of time, money and everything. I won’t watch them at all. The plot of the pilot soaps sucks, I don’t find it anything interesting at all. ABC just needs to make up their damn minds on if they want to continue with SOAPS or not period. They pull money out of their butts and invest it into crappy shows like the Chew and the Revolution, I mean who the heck watchs that crap, I know I don’t and none of my family does. Bring Back OLTL and AMC not the new pilot crap..

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree… Why coudn’t the put OLTL on primetime on ABC… Something is FISHY goin on there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Abc is trying to redeem themselves for cancellinfg OLTL & AMC… Sorry ABC no cigar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is not going to work!!!! OLTL soap fans can see right threw you ABC!!!!!!!!!!!! You think these 2 new primtime soaps are going to get the attention of OLTL soap fans…. Pretty lame!!!!!!!!!! Only way we would even consider watching any kind of soap on primetime or daytime is if only OLTL was back on the T. V.. You are sinky ABC… you can’t fool loyal soap fans of OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why don’t they simply give OLTL fans what we want??? They would have to admit they were WRONG about cancelling OLTL!!!! ABC makes POOR & bad deceisions!!!!!!!!! Mostly BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are a bunch of STINKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give the viewers what they want OLTL!!! OLTL FAN FOREVER.. Got my OLTL cast picture yesterday it’s such a BEAUTIFUL PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!! Every fan of OLTL should purchase one..That’s all for now..

Elleko
Elleko

PLEASE!!! …. Admit your mistakes and put OLTL and AMC back on the air! I would be most of these actors would be willing to come back! Just admit you were wrong and correct the situation~~

LLafaux
LLafaux

If ABC Daytime fails, so does ABC Primetime! ABC Daytime, particularly soaps, promoted the Primetime shows.

todd
todd

I won’t watch anything on ABC ever again. I don’t care who they put in the lead. You could cast Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie, and George Clooney and I wouldn’t tune in. Move it to NBC or cable and maybe.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I will only watch ABC if they bring back AMC or OLTL. Other than that I am done with ABC.

jan mcgrann
jan mcgrann

Do you not realize how many fans you have?Especially TODD?ABC you are so out of touch with your viewers.I waited years to retire and was so happy I would be watching.OLTL.Silly me:(

Diane Visage
Diane Visage

Uh,, duh,, what the hell,,, they take off the good shows, and try to bring in new ones,,, really , do you think we are that stupid,, oh yeah the dog thing almost forgot,,,,, Hell no, dont like the idea,,, i think they are doin it just to shut us,,, the soap fans up,,, not happenin,,,, those storylines do not interest me in the least little bit,,, really,,, wow,,,, we need our soaps back on DAYTIME.. and frankly right now,,, i dont think i want ABC to bring them back,,,, I think nbc or cbs would do a much better job with the treasures that abc is hording,,,,,

jennifer taylor
jennifer taylor

SO AGREE

Sue
Sue

Agree!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Bravo, well said!!!!!!!!!!

Mary H
Mary H

I agree with Diane. ABC needs to release the rights to the shows so Anges Nixon can carry on and move on to big and better things with a different network

Deborah
Deborah

I agree!! I hope ABC reads these postings!!!

Brian
Brian

Just bring back “One Life To Live” Although it’s most likely too late for that, too many cast members have moved on.

Monica
Monica

ITA. As much as I’d love for One Life To Live to come back in some form, most of my favorite actors from the show have moved on and THIS makes it hard for me to keep fighting for it to come back.

Roseann
Roseann

I would rather have one life to live and all my children as a primetime , I will Not watch Americana, and Nashville!! Just put our sopas back on tv why replace them

Susan M.
Susan M.

I totally agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss oltl soooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terri Nix-jeffries
Terri Nix-jeffries

These will boycotted as well. You do not take shows away from faithful, loyal viewers as has been done to many. Either bring our shows back or release the rights to production back to Agnes Nixon or someone who will put them back on the air. The consumer/ABC/Disney relationship has been ruined. I would think ABC/Disney would try to repair this relationship instead of being put through a fam media based storm and risk bankruptcy.

Allison
Allison

Damn straight.

jennifer taylor
jennifer taylor

AMEN TO THAT……..

Susan M.
Susan M.

CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy
Cindy

You have GOT to be shitting me!!!!! OMG

Johanna
Johanna

Why not greenlight it during the day? Since most of us are not watching ABC/D aren’t they doomed to fail? I will not invest my time into any programs on this network until they make things right! SWAN (Stand With Agnes Nixon) forever, Bring Back OLTL!

Allison
Allison

Amen!

Judy
Judy

Totally agree!!!! I want my OLTL back!! Nothing else will do!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Affimative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jerri Clorley
Jerri Clorley

Two more shows to put on my “not watch” list. I would have gladly watched AMC and OLTL at night. Too little, too late, ABC!

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brenda
Brenda

Absolutely agree!!

JayinNJ
JayinNJ

I totally agree with Mary, while the ratings for the Revolution continue to hit an all time low week after week ABC still continues to air this make over show, they have not announced on pulling the plug and I don’t think they ever will. While bringing these 2 prime time soaps on, ABC is looking to beat ratings with Dallas coming back that’s all good but what about those of us that want OLTL and AMC back, it seems as though ABC has forgotten all about daytime and is worried about primetime, ABC can and never be what it was when Dallas and Dynasty were both aired, they’re continuing to lose viewers that don’t want to watch anything on their station and I’m one of them as far as I’m concerned ABC is dead to me.

Johanna
Johanna

ANEN and might add HONK!!!

jonny rotten
jonny rotten

dallas was on cbs

jackie
jackie

GAG ME NOW UMM HELLO???? THATS DOWNRIGHT SCRIPTED TV YOU INDIGNANT MONEY HUNGRY LOSERS!!!!! RIGHT BACK WHERE YA WERE B4 YOU KILLED AMC, OLTL N GH!!!IMBECILES! CATASTROPHIC FOOLS!! FATBOY BATTALI REVOLTING REVOLUTION KATIE CRAPOURIC INSTEAD OF MASS FOLLOWERS(N NIELSEN RATERS, NO DOUBT) OF AMERICANA IN THE FORM OF SOAP OPERAS…YA GOT CRUSTY BACHELOR/ETTE PRIMETIME N ALL THAT HO HUM GARBAGE! NO WONDER ABC MEANS ALREADT BEEN CONDEMNED YOU IN A WORD SUCK!

gloria
gloria

YOU GO, GIRL!!!!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I lived in Nashville for 30 years moving to Vegas last August. There was a lot of buzz about Nasville the show as Gaylord is big on it. It would probably be interesting as Nashville and country music are a draw but I dont think ABC will get any hits for a long time as soap opera fans arent happy and will not support ABC in anything. They will start to see e the results od reaping what they sow. Soap lovers can keep the ban going and ABC’s overall rating will continue to tank.

Betty Coleman
Betty Coleman

I live just outside of Nashville, and even I, will not watch the show NASHVILLE. I will not support ABC in anything they do if they cannot have consideration for what the fans have repeatly told them they want.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with Betty!!!!!!!!!

Mary H
Mary H

I have to say ABC sickens me right now. How can you cancel to shows that have been on for over 40 yrs to be crap on saying that you not in to soaps and now have the nerve to put to sops on at night. ABC haven’t you thought about the daytime fans? I guess not! Shame on you ABC! Bring back the daytime soasps and maybe your night time soaps won’t go down the drain like The Chew and The Revolution. Because then you might get your loyal daytime viewers back

Cheryl
Cheryl

Yes, OLTL and AMC were there for the taking. I do not and will not watch anything new on ABC.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Goes for me TOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allison
Allison

Won’t watch. There’s enuf pt drama series on ABC already. Rather keep GH forever daytime , and let Revenge, Greys, private prac, OUAT, Castle and Body Proof stay pt. Kill the Revulsion and the Spew and bring back daytime dramas!!

Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

ABC has destroyed its daytime soap lineup, leaving on only General Hospital! We do not need any nighttime soaps!

barbara t
barbara t

thats what I have been doing all morning and afternoon telling every one to go there and leave a comment ,can you believe this I put this on a facebook sight I go to told everyone go to the sight and complain there are a few people saying the soap opera days are over ,so I had to say something ,this is bad ,what is so wrong with putting one life to live on instead of the other shows they just bought ,abc has alot of soaps on at night ,why did they choose to insult the daytime soap fans ,you would think they would want us to watch there dumb shows ,well im not ,they killed the soaps ,soapnet is gone in march ,what the hell are we going to do?talk about kicking the fans in the ass .I cant believe that abc just pissed me off even more then I was before I got up this morning.

nancy
nancy

Seriously???? I’m so thrilled that ABC has found the world of soaps at night. Now when will the night people talk to the day people and tell them how stupid they are????

linde Bally
linde Bally

I will never watch another ABC show again you screwed up ABC now you pay.I am supporting GH only that goes and you will never be turned on in my house again ever.

virginia robbins
virginia robbins

I think you should put one life to live backf on daytime or nobody is going to give abc a second look at anything new or old. why should anyone watch abc when you take away shows after we all get watch them for years and now they are just gone I think it is sorry and I plus many other will not watch anything on abc new or old

TS1
TS1

Monday is already taken.. Castle. Anything else I won’t be watching. ABC is never going to be number 1 to true Soapfans until they change their minds admit their mistakes an bring back our Daytime soaps AMC and OLTL.

MaryAnne Robertson
MaryAnne Robertson

GH Primetime !!! Hmm !!!! Aren’t they thinking about that ? They messed up on daytime now they want to fix night time , Go Figure !! You know Sonny on GH has bipolar I think ABC has it TOO !!!

ethel
ethel

if gh does go prime time it will only be one night a week……………i think it is almost too late for amc & oltl to go prime time because most actors have moved on

Susan M.
Susan M.

Maybe OLTL actors would consider coming back!!! If OLTL fans showed them a lot of support & love!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope Agnes Nixon gets the rites for OLTL, then she could do what she wants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

If you are bringing Bullshit soaps back like that —
Just bring back what people will watch OLTL and AMC and leave GH alone!!!

Also — leave Desperate Housewives alone as well!!!

People love that show and watch it all the time!!!

ABC — you are assholes!

Colleen Kaleta
Colleen Kaleta

OH My Gosh is ABC messed up., they say one thing and do another ..Bring Back our stories not new ones..You killed Daytime and we want it back.. The actors who worked there butts off daily deserve more than this.. ABC get your heads on straight you’ve been a disaster with your thinking since early April when you did the deed..Come on save some face already!

Tess
Tess

I think Chrishell would be great for the Nashville one. Don’t know if she sings though!
I’d like to see someone like Greg Vaughn for the fashion show along with Susan Lucci.

Linda
Linda

@MaryAnne Robertson – you are so right! I will not invest one moment in anything abc puts on either daytime or nightime. I had my heart broken when OLTL was allowed to die. I had been a faithful viewer of abc before that. Now I will not even watch their local news; channel 7 abc in New York! Hello fox and cbs!

Diane
Diane

They messed up their daytime lineup so now they think people want to watch soaps at night,I am boycotting the whole network cause even if you like a primetime show they cancel

jennifer taylor
jennifer taylor

“SHAME ON YOU ABC/​DISNEY YOU ARE SOOOOO DELETED FROM MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY’S..BIG MISTAKE..WHY DON’T YOU TRY ASKING WHAT YOUr FANS WANT???OOPS TO LATE…BRING BACK OUR SOAPS AND MAYBE WE WILL BRING BACK YOUR RATINGS..ARE YOU KIDDING STOP INSULTING US..DO YOU THINK WE ARE PUPPETS THAT YOU CAN PULL A STRING AND WE GO THE WAY YOU WANT???GUESS WHAT WE ARE NOT AND WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT OUR SOAPS BACK..GOT IT GOODWE ARE SO TIRED OF ALL THE SHOWS YOU THROW ON AND THEN THEY ARE GONE WE WANT OUR SOAPS THAT WE DEDICATED TO AND LOVE AND CHERISH???…U R BLOCKED……………………….​…………………….”

Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith

You have got to be kidding me!!! Really? They are creating NEW soaps after cutting two known and loved soaps!!!! Why not turn OLTL into a primetime soap!!! It would be watched for sure! This makes me even angrier at ABC! Boycotting ABC sounds better and better!

AnnaR
AnnaR

Unbelievable. We don’t want new soaps we want OLTL and AMC. I only watch GH on abc since they cancelled OLTL and AMC.

Andrea D
Andrea D

I am now supporting the soap opera genre by watching y and r and dool. I am not interested in this mess. I will watch gh only when my characters from oltl are on it. I am done with abc.

Betty Coleman
Betty Coleman

I read in a statement made by “Blair” that she, Star, John and Todd are only going to GUEST STAR on GH for four shows, that ABC is trying to make the fans think they are there to stay and she just wanted the truth to be known.

Andrea D
Andrea D

I read something about that too. I will watch it for the episodes that they are on and nothing else.

ethel
ethel

kristen alderson (star) twitted that she signed a 3 year contract for gh

jamie
jamie

abc needs to get thier heads on straight goodness why wouldn’t you move the soaps you have to primetime intead of producing new ones

Torrey
Torrey

How about this ABC…..why don’t you cancel Anne Sweeney’s contract and bring back our daytime soaps? that’s the only thing that makes sense now. Since both of your replacement shows aren’t doing any better than AMC or OLTL, in the ratings, it’s time to admit that you were wrong and rectify the situation. Things will only get worse for you, if you don’t.

jamie
jamie

abc needs to get thier heads on straight goodness why wouldn’t you move the soaps you have to primetime intead of producing new ones goodness

Susan Manning
Susan Manning

This is as stupid as what they have done. Bring back AMC and OLTL then we the viewers will help ABCD get the night time right. I dont want any Americaina or Nashville i wannt AMC and OLTL back. Stop messing up ABCD. The most constant thing has been the soaps. I start watching a show on ABCD and then it’s gone. Wake the heck up.

Lauren
Lauren

I can’t believe ABC lately!!! They kill 2 of their best daytime soaps, AMC and OLTL, claiming that dattime viewers want reality rather than the fictional world of daytime soaps. Nowthey ar planning to air nighttime soaps????? Sorry, but I don’t see the logic here. Is this ABC’s way of appeasing angry aoap fan?? I like the plot ideas, though, especially for “Nashville”

Jenna
Jenna

They could put Ryan Gosling in one or both and I still would not watch.

So sick of ABC. I watch GH now to support them for however they last and that is IT! ABC does not exist except for that 58 minutes or whatever that GH runs.

I think they are just trying to copy TNT with their revival of longtime PRIME time soap, DALLAS. I don’t think either night time soap will work. Those days, rather nights, are gone, but DAYTIME is still alive and well. They didn’t need to take away our daytime genre for stupid talk shows and reality shows. There is enough of that on at night and just about any basic cable channel.

el rizzo
el rizzo

I WILL NEVER watch anything on abc ever again until my soaps AMC n OLTL are returned to their day time spots…i will not invest anytime into anything new from ABC after they broke my heart by removing shows i have watched for 30+ years!!! go to hell abc!!!

gloria
gloria

Bring back AMC, OLTL & keep GH, damn it.

Betty Coleman
Betty Coleman

I have had it with ABC. If they do not bring back AMC and OLTL, I will NEVER watch anything on their channel, especially another newly created soap opra. It’s like they have no regards to what the fans want and refuse to listen to us. If we were to tell them we liked peas – they would say here, eat corn instead. I don’t want a substitute and will not accept one. I have already switched over to another station and will stay there unless our soaps are brought back.

Splum
Splum

ABC can bite me. They killed OLTL and they have the audacity to greenlight TWO NIGHTTIME SOAPS?????? Total insult

Tammy Grzenia
Tammy Grzenia

I dont care what they put on i will never watch ,I have been Boycotting ABC since April . i will continue to do so. i will also boycott these shows I .have been watching NBC & CBS SOAPS .SINCE MAY .AND THEY ARE GOOD .ABC HOW COULD YOU DO THIS WHAT A SLAP IN OUR FACE. YOU SUCK.

mosshane58
mosshane58

I could care less what abc does.They are cancelling nighttime shows to.Who wants to watch a channel you can;t deoend on if your show will be there next year,What it takes to produce on night time show they could produce daytime soaps for weeks.

Nancy Melman
Nancy Melman

Yes!!!

avellina
avellina

This makes my blood boil ! It seems abc simply decided to dump the 10 thousand longtime loyal fans for new and ( because they perceive the daytime soap fans to be old ladies) younger ones. All My Children, One Life To Live and GH are worth bringing back and keeping, daytime or primetime!

Karen
Karen

Here’s a thought….they can greenlight all they want! Thousands of soap fans have ABC on blacklight!! Meaning, we could care less what they want to put on the air ever againm and have them turned off! Bring back OLTL and maybe we will give think about it…till then there is no ABC in my house!

Lee Ann
Lee Ann

I refuse to watch anything on abc .Bring back “All My Children” and “One life to Live”.

david
david

Screw ABC! Soaps aren’t good enough for daytime but they are fine for primetime?! Talk about adding insult to injury. Since ABC dumped the exceptional and dearly loved OLTL after more than 43 years when it was at its best, we should take a chance and emotionally invest our time in these primetime soaps?! NO, I don’t think so.

The only success in primetime for ABC this season was Revenge. You think that would have taught them something, that canceling OLTL for The Revolution was a mistake–but NO!–daytime and primetime have dissociative identity disorder. So they think these new primetime soaps can capitalize on the success of Revenge? NO, I don’t think so.

Revenge cannot hold a candle to OLTL for family drama, romance, humor, cuteness, fun, musicals, parodies, catfighting friendships, rip-off-your-clothes sex, and overall entertainment. It’s not too late for OLTL. Most of the actors do not have other work and for those that do, they could return as their contracts expire. They can create two new soaps but cannot save OLTL?! NO, I don’t think so.

These executives are spitting in our faces. Now they realize soaps are in their financial interest, after telling us soaps are dead?! This infuriates and disgusts me beyond belief. I will not reward this [insert obscenity] network for killing OLTL and treating its cast, crew, and viewers the way it has. FIX the problem, ABC, and get OLTL produced somewhere, otherwise, go [insert obscenity] yourself.

Gina
Gina

ABC you suck!!!! You take amc and oltl off because you said you want out of the soap business Lairs I’m so done with this crap . It just piss me when I read this I hope that nobody watch your damn anymore!! You could have of soaps but no we want to give you reaitly tv that nobody cares but your boss because he wants the money for hisself who need to make 31 million dollars year I hope with all the bad press he getting maybe someone up higher then him will do something about his stupid decisons!! Abc needs a new president !!!

Darford
Darford

Unless one is called “AMC” and the other “OLTL”…. Zzzz 🙁

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst In Soaps 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps!  

As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV  take this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.  It is also something to be admired for the sheer volume of material that is churned out day in and day out.

Now, in addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not so stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worst’s”.

So with that said; we give you our year-end review.  As you will read, we tried to dissect the calendar year on your favorite daytime dramas through our various categories.  While we know many of you have your own picks and choices, and may disagree, or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  And most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a healthy, prosperous, and exciting New Year!   It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the soap genre itself, which make this such a special and unique medium that we all share, squabble, and delight over week after week.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2018 out!

Photo: ABC/JPI Studios

BEST SOAP

Days of our Lives

What started in 2017 for half of the year (which earned the show Best Soap last year) continued with Days of our Lives first full-year of stories that aired from head writer, Ron Carlivati.  And with that, it made DAYS the one soap of all that was most consistent, most entertaining, most fun, and most riveting.  Whether it be Stefan O’s arrival in Salem with Madam Vivian, Andre’s murder which split poor Abigail into multiple personalities, Gabi revenge plot against Abigail, Nicole and Eric finally be reunited; only for her to perish in the creepy warehouse explosion, John and Marlena’s nuptials which spiraled into a major story arc with a return from Alison Sweeney, plus the antics of Leo, Hattie, Bonnie, and Sheila, and oh yes, #Cin becoming a soap phenom, DAYS had something for everyone, and delivered the soapy goodness.

Photo: ABC

SOAPMAKER OF THE YEAR

Ron Carlivati – Days of our Lives

Head scribe, Carlivati takes this honor for the fifth time, and his second for DAYS.  No one breaks apart a story and puts all the pieces together like a finely-tuned jigsaw puzzle, and shares with viewers some inside jokes, witty dialog, and bombshell moments.  The fact that Carlivati was an ABC soap guy and has adapted into the world of Salem is to his credit.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

(TIE)

Maura West – Ava Jerome – General Hospital 

From her standalone episode at the beginning of the year where Ava has her scar removed, and gets a new lease on life, it was going to be an interesting journey for Ms. Jerome and how she decides to regain her life.  She falls in love with Griffin, but that goes south through a lot of self-sabotage.  He falls for her daughter, Kiki, and she resents them both.  Kiki is killed by Ryan, posing as “Kevin” who is Ava’s new guy, and through it all, West shines with those gutsy performances and that undeniable star-quality, that keep us always wanting more, and more.

Marci Miller – Abigail Deveraux – Days of our Lives

If any actress had a leading role throughout 2018, it was DAYS’ Marci Miller.  Her Abigail became completely unhinged after murdering Andre.  Miller got to show us the depths of her acting as Abby, Gabby with a “y” and Dr, Laura in a DID storyline.  She drove story for months on end.  Marci made the decision to leave DAYS to pursue roles in film and TV, and we know, and soap fans know, that she has got what it to takes to make it to the big screen.

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

(Tie)

Mishael Morgan – Hilary says goodbye to her loved ones before she dies – The Young and the Restless

Powerhouse!  That’s all that needs to be said about the final days of story for Mishael Morgan before she made her final exit from Y&R.  After being severely injured in a car crash during an argument with the driver, her nemesis, Lily, Morgan’s Hilary left it out all out on the table in scene after scene.  Those goodbye scenes with Gina Tognoni, Kristoff St. John, Camryn Grimes and her longtime Y&R co-star, Bryton James, were a tour de force.  Morgan went out on her terms.

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Eileen Davidson – Ashley reveals her revenge plot on Jack and her devastation before she leaves for Paris – The Young and the Restless

Davidson’s final turn as Ashley Abbott (when she made the decision to leave the series), turned out to be some of the best work in Eileen’s daytime career. (And that is saying something!).  Who can forget her showdown with Jack; where she admits she switched the DNA results to make it look like he was not John Abbott’s son.  She revealed her pain and devastation that no one in the family gave her the opportunity she deserved to run Jabot.  Ultimately, Ashley leaves Genoa City and heads to Paris, but not before taking the patents with her.  Standing Ovation for Eileen on this one!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Jason Thompson – Billy Abbott – The Young and the Restless 

Yes, we did not want to go down the path of another intervention storyline, or see Billy fall back into his gambling addiction, (thanks Summer!) but it did provide one of the best actors in daytime a chance to showcase the nuances of his portrayal of the very complex Billy Abbott.  Couple that with:  Billy’s relationship with Phyllis going bust, revenge-sex with Summer (then admitting why he did it to both mom and daughter) …  his ongoing turmoil with his brother, Jack, being ousted as CEO by Ashley for her own gain, and then … reconnecting with Victoria in her time of need.   All of this gave a canvas for Mr. Thompson to tap into an emotionally-damaged man who when given the circumstances can fall prey to his demons, while at the same time, being quite the leading man.

“Honorable Mentions” to these great actors for their work:

Peter Bergman – The Young and the Restless

Maurice Benard – General Hospital

Roger Howarth – General Hospital

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE 

Chandler Massey – Will gets his memory back – Days of our Lives 

This three-time Daytime Emmy winner got his shining moment and knocked it out of the park in the scenes when Will’s memories come flooding back in the middle of John and Marlena’s wedding.  Running out of the nuptials to the park to try to gain his composure, he can’t.  And finally, Will remembers his love for Sonny, and his entire life.   Massey played the moments so beautifully that if you watch it over again and again, it still feels so raw and real even in the soapiest of circumstance.

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Runner-up:

Joshua Morrow – Nick loses custody of Christian to his father, Victor, and must say goodbye to the child – The Young and the Restless

Now this was a tearjerker … and Y&R long-standing MVP, Joshua Morrow was heartbreaking as Nick had to hand over Christian to his father to raise him.   It was Morrow at his best, and set the stage for the darker side of Nick to emerge.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LONG-RUNNING VETERAN, MALE

Drake Hogestyn – John Black – Days of our Lives

When Marlena was shot at her wedding to John, little did we know the kind of material that would be given to Drake Hogestyn to play.  How heartbreaking was watching this always tough guy breakdown in pieces, as he is scared to death to lose the love of his life.  Every time Drake was on during this story arc, it was a grab-your-hankie moment.  How wonderful to see that at this point in his enduring career, he was given the ball to show what he can do, and he ran with it and scored a touchdown.  Don’t we all love John Black?

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LONG-RUNNING VETERAN, FEMALE

Beth Maitland – Traci Abbott – The Young and the Restless

As Traci Abbott tried to hold her battling siblings and family together during the struggle for control of the company, and the under-handed tricks perpetrated, Beth Maitland reminded us all why she is a daytime treasure.  She took this material, and made us love the forgotten about Abbott child all the more.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

Max Gail – Mike Corbin – General Hospital

What a revelation Max Gail has been in the role of Mike Corbin.  He has become so popular in the role that viewers can’t wait to see to see Mike on-screen even as he battles the horrific effects of Alzheimer’s.  A great recast in the role (previously played by Ron Hale), Gail should be picking up Emmy gold in 2019. 

Runner-up: 

Jon Lindstrom – Ryan Chamberlain/Kevin Collins – General Hospital 

Jon Lindstrom must be having the acting time of his life – getting to play Ryan posing as Kevin …  meanwhile going on a serial killing spree throughout Port Charles.  Lindstrom is a nuanced, not-over-the-top actor, which makes all of this work!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Camryn Grimes – Mariah Copeland – The Young and the Restless

Remember when Mariah had to go on GC Buzz and do the broadcast without her co-host, Hilary who just died?  Grimes’ monologue was stirring, as well as her complicated relationship with Tessa, and being a best friend to her mother, Sharon, and ending up with lots of secrets in her midst that she never knows what she should do with.  Grimes lifts up any scene.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE DUO IN A STORYLINE

Kirsten Storms and Michelle Stafford – Nathan’s Death – General Hospital

From the moment Detective Nathan West was killed, the reactions, and the raw emotion displayed by Kirsten Storms (Maxie) as the grieving wife, and Michelle Stafford (Nina) as the grieving sister, took us on a rollercoaster ride that felt so close to home for anyone who has suddenly lost their brother or sister, who was their best friend and someone they looked up to, or their spouse.  From the funeral, to the birth of Nathan and Maxie’s baby, to the kidnapping of Peter August (Henrik Faison) – these two actresses delivered. 

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE DUO IN A STORYLINE

Maurice Benard and Max Gail – Alzheimer’s storyline- General Hospital

GH hit a home run with the casting of Max Gail as Mike, who comes back on to the canvas suffering from Alzheimer’s, and that pairs him with his mobster son, who now faces an enemy he can’t bring down – a disease that ultimately strips a person of their dignity and all their memories.   Benard and Gail are perfect scene-mates and have given viewers many emotional beats in this story from both characters vantage points.

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BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

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Eric Martsolf, Martha Madison, Alison Sweeney, Greg Vaughan, Drake Hogestyn – Marlena’s family says goodbye at her hospital bedside – Days of our Lives

Everyone was good in this episode! When all of Marlena’s loved ones and children one-by-one had their turn to tell the good doc how much they loved her:  Brady, Belle, Eric, Sami and of course, love of her life John, it was all great drama and a five-hankie moment.

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BEST VILLAIN 

Chloe Lanier – Nelle Benson – General Hospital

Nelle masterminded: that baby switch, made it look like Carly threw her down the stairs, got Carly committed to Ferncliff, and lies and manipulates any way she can to keep her revenge plots going.  Even from jail, Nelle is causing havoc.  Chloe Lanier is brilliant in this role – another young actress who has a very bright future.

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BEST YOUNGER ACTOR

Garren Stitt – Oscar Nero – General Hospital

We already liked Oscar and Garren Stitt’s understated performances, and even though the brain cancer storyline is plagued with issues, Stitt makes us care for this young man’s struggles; whether it is in young love, in conflict with his parents, or battling impending death.

BEST YOUNGER ACTRESS

Victoria Konefal – Ciara Brady – Days of our Lives

Looks like Victoria Konefal has become the long-awaited embodiment of the young adult version of Bo and Hope’s child that everyone hoped Ciara would be – a fighter, take-no-prisoners young woman, hopelessly in love with a former serial killer!:)

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BEST SCENE-STEALER MALE

Greg Rikaart – Leo Stark – Days of our Lives

How delish!  Days of our Lives’ gain was Y&R’s loss, and Greg Rikaart gets to play a role he has always wanted to … a gay villain.  Leo is just as much fun for Rikaart to play as it must be for Ron Carlivati to write – the zingers … the outfits … and the hairspray.  Keep it coming!

BEST SCENE-STEALER FEMALE

Judi Evans – Bonnie Lockhart –Days of our Lives 

You can bet if Bonnie Lockhart is in a scene, there will be some snappy dialog!  And because it’s played to the hilt by Judi Evans, you are going to be paying attention!

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

(TIE) 

Gabi Hernandez – played by Camila Banus- Days of our Lives 

After all her plotting, scheming and betrayals, Abigail punched out her rival!  Camila Banus as “Bad Gabi” was deliciously despicable throughout this story.

Summer Newman- played by Hunter King – The Young and the Restless

Phyllis clocked Summer for going after her man! You go Phyl!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A RECURRING CHARACTER

Patricia Bethune as Mary Pat on General Hospital

Now this is what we call “playing evil!” From the minute Nurse Mary Pat showed up, you knew Carly was going to have a bumpy ride at Ferncliff.  Bethune was so good that they extended her run; ultimately she was the first victim in the latest Ryan Chamberlain killing spree.  Longtime character actress Patricia Bethune was terrific, and scary in the part.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Charles Esten – Deacon Claybourne – Nashville

The sixth and final season of Nashville, was a showcase, and rightfully so, for long-running star Charles Esten, as Deacon dealt with the re-emergence of his alcoholic father, trying to be a father to two young girl’s burgeoning music career’s (following his beloved Rayna’s untimely death), while at the same time trying to expose some dirty dealings in the music business.  Esten’s, Deacon Claybourne is one character that will be missed.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Taraji P, Henson – Empire

Don’t cross Mama Lyon!  Taraji P. Henson continues to shine as Cookie Lyon – a woman who loves her man, her children, and will do whatever it takes to get the family business back on top

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN A PRIMETIME SOAP

Rafael de La Fuente – Dynasty

When the CW reboot of Dynasty revealed that the role originally played by Heather Locklear was now a male version named “Sammy Jo”, no one knew what to expect, but Rafael de La Fuente has made this one saucy dude!

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BEST TEARJERKER IN A PRIMETIME SOAP

Avery and Juliette reunite in the series finale – Nashville

In one of the most hankie-filled moments of this, or any other soap season, the series finale of Nashville flashed forward, and we see that Avery finally comes to Juliette and tells her he wants to be with her, and their daughter Cadence, and their unborn child.  Javery fans do a happy-dance!

BEST RECAST PRIMETIME SOAP

Nicollette Sheridan – Alexis Carrington – Dynasty

No one can beat Joan Collins as the original Alexis.  However, this re-imagined updated Alexis is as conniving as they come and sexy to boot.  Bravo Nicollette.

BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty 

When the first season of the reboot when off the air in May, all we could think is this is a “soap on steroids”, and it continued to be s into season 2.   With all the soap tropes you can imagine, somehow it works and provides a solid 37 minutes of entertainment (sans commercials)

BEST COUPLE

(Tie)

Ben and Ciara – Days of our Lives 

While they finally found a moment to share their long-awaited first lip lock, soap viewers have been captivated by the young man with a troubled past, and the rich girl from a good upbringing trying to connect against all odds. 

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Sonny and Will – Days of our Lives

We know that they are not truly together at the moment, but there is no question that Sonny and Will are a “power couple” of Days of our Lives and fans root for them to be together.

MOST BOTCHED TRIANGLE

Jason, Sam, Drew – General Hospital

After positioning this love triangle between two brothers who have fallen for the same woman, in circumstances neither of them could have imagined, the triangle really never got off the ground.  Drew seemed to attempt to move on with his life, although deeply in love with Sam, and Sam and Jason kind of danced around each other for months.  Is there a payoff coming?  Will this story be re-ignited?  Will any fan faction be made happy?

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BEST SHOCKER

Bill Spencer was shot by Taylor – The Bold and the Beautiful

Say what?  After all the twist and turns it was revealed that none other than an unstable mama bear, Taylor Hayes, wanted to avenge her daughter, Steffy, and shot Dollar Bill!  Welcome back Hunter Tylo! 

BEST WEDDING

John and Marlena’s wedding (the one where all hell brook loose) – Days of our Lives

Everyone was gussied up.  Beautiful vows were beginning to be exchanged, and then Sami shows up drugged out of her mind, Kristen is revealed to be posing as Susan, and off we go into high camp and a huge story arc.  Dramatic and fun.

BEST RECAST

Michael Mealor – Kyle Abbott – The Young and the Restless

After a multitude of Kyle Abbotts debuted on Y&R as Jack and Diane’s son, it’s Michael Mealor’s take on the character that is the perfect fit – a chip off the old Abbott block, Mealor’s magnetic performance is one to take notice of.

BEST RECAST FEMALE

Stacy Haiduk – Kirsten DiMera and Susan Banks – Days of our Lives 

No one could ever replace Eileen Davidson as Kristen and Susan on DAYS.   However, when she was not available to return, because of her schedule with Y&R, the show had to recast, and that they did with former Y&R scene-stealer, Stacy Haiduk.  And the hard-working Haiduk put her own spin on the sexy and evil Kristen, and the down-trodden and disturbed Susan, while keeping intact some of Davidson’s signature traits in the role, – “Mean, Mean, Mean!” 

RECAST THAT FIZZLED

Ingo Rademacher as Thorne Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

When B&B announced that Winsor Harmon would not be returning to the role of Thorne, and that he would be replaced by GH favorite, Ingo Rademacher, the response was mixed.  With Rademacher, the show was banking on a soapy leading man.  However, somehow the show never wrote much for Thorne, and by year’s end, Rademacher revealed he is leaving the role. 

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BEST GUT-WRENCHER  

Ava sees her dead daughter in a body bag – General Hospital

When viewers witnessed the moment of Ava Jerome coming to the Haunted Star to see for herself that her daughter Kiki was murdered, it provided the backdrop for Maura West to rip our hearts out.  And that she did … when she looked at her daughter in a body bag and shouted, “Lauren Katherine Jerome you open your eyes, and sit up!”  Enough said.

BEST RETURN BY AN ACTOR

Rob Scott Wilson – Days of our Lives

In a wowza return, Rob Scott Wilson triumphantly came back to DAYS with the task of redeeming his serial killer, bad boy, Ben Weston.  Viewers also got to witness a breathtaking performance in the cabin with Ciara, when Ben (off his meds), is losing his grip and seeing visions of his evil father, Clyde, and more.  Wilson is so good at going from mentally unstable to a viable leading man and love interest for Ciara, in one fell swoop. 

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BEST RETURN BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED RUN

Thad Luckinbill – The Young and the Restless

Everyone loved J.T. Hellstrom, and everyone was very excited to have Thad Luckinbill reprising his role.  Little did anyone know, although the rumors were out there, that this version of J.T. was an abuser.  Luckinbill, in scenes with his real-life, ex-wife, Amelia Heinle, was riveting.  It set the stage for a bigger umbrella story – J.T.’s murder.  However, for us, we wish Thad was still stirring things up in Genoa City.  Come back, Thad, if you have time in between producing major motion pictures and acting in other projects!

BEST RETURN BY AN ACTRESS

Kate Mansi – Days of our Lives

After Marci Miller made the decision to not renew her contract it DAYS, Abigail was in the throes of major story.  So what’s a show to do?  Bring back the actress who previously won a Daytime Emmy for the role, Kate Mansi.  In the last few months of 2018, Mansi’s Abigail is back in all its glory.

BEST RETURN BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED RUN

Alison Sweeney –Days of our Lives 

Under head writer, Ron Carlivati, Sami Brady DiMera has been more interesting than ever.  Add to that the brilliant performances of Alison Sweeney, and when Sami came back for the Jarlena wedding, and later, found EJ in a warehouse too boot, it provided us with many a great moment.

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BEST ‘SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN’ CASTING

Joe Lando as Judge MacMullen – The Bold and the Beautiful 

Jake Harrison from One Life to Live … Byron Sully from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman!  Yes!  In a brilliant piece of casting, B&B brought Joe Lando back to daytime as Ridge’s old friend, and the judge in the custody case of Will Spencer.

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MOST DISAPPOINTING RETURN

Janice Lynde and Jaime Lyn Bauer – Leslie and Laurie Brooks – The Young and the Restless

For Y&R 45, the series touted the returns of former leading ladies, Janice Lynde and Jaime Lyn Bauer.  These two delivered so many memorable performances in the early days of the number-one soap.   However, their return really did not befit them.

MOST HEART-TUGGING EXIT

Paul says goodbye to John and leaves Salem – Days of our Lives 

This was a beautiful moment played to perfection by Christopher Sean (Paul) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  When Paul’s relationship with Will combusts, he decides to head to San Francisco right away, and start rehab at a top facility there; so he can walk again.  He tells his dad and brother, Brady his decision.  During his goodbye, Paul tells his dad he is the father he always wanted.  Tears are shed … we grab hankies.

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MOST UPSETTING GOODBYE

Dante exits Port Charles – Dominic Zamprogna 

Dominic Zamprogna gets written off of GH in a hot minute after deciding to leave the show.  In it, Dante never says goodbye to his mother, father, his son, or anyone else in town who knows and loves him. Thank goodness he got a goodbye scene with Emme Rylan’s Lulu.  All too quick a wrap-up!

BEST STANDALONE EPISODE

Halloween episode – Days of our Lives

Princess Gina! A mini-me Andre baby!  Doug and Julie ala “Rosemary’s Baby”! Judith Chapman reprising Angelica Deveraux now known as Satan! Deidre Hall, playing a freaked-out Hattie Adams!  Those were all components of this Carlivati-special installment which crossed “Get Out”, “The Exorcist” and the aforementioned “Baby” for a fright night treat.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Dominic Zamprogna – Sonny-Centric (Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary) Episode

It was great to see Dom Z. back on GH albeit for one episode.  But, this was special.  In honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary with the series, GH shed a light on what life would have been like if Sonny had not chosen a life in the mob.  So, they flipped the switch and in it, Dante turns out to be the mafia kingpin.  Great performance … and we loved Kelly Monaco as his trophy wife, Sam.

BEST WRITING

Days of our Lives

DAYS was firing on all cylinders in 2018 with fun limited-run returns, high stakes adventure, blossoming young love, even if its centerpiece is a serial killer, while the Jarlena fans got the wedding they were waiting for.  Abigail’s mental illness provided story for months, and through it all, Ron Carlivati and his team brought humor and ‘wink-wink’ moments to longtime fans of the show.

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BEST EPISODE and BEST TEARJERKER

Nathan’s funeral – General Hospital

From the moment Detective Nathan West (Ryan Paevey) was added to the list of fallen officers at the PCPD, and commissioner Jordan Ashford announced, “This is the end of the watch call for Detective West,” GH took us on a very special hour dedicated to the men and women in blue.  The emotional impact of this episode still resonates. It featured: the ghost of Georgie coming to be with her sister Maxie in her time of need, Nina’s eulogy that spoke to the man that her brother was, the folding of the flag and it being handed to the officer’s widow, Maxie, and of course, the gravesite moment where Maxie said her final goodbye to her husband leaving behind the blood-soaked sonogram of their unborn child.  This was General Hospital at its best and the best hour of soap in 2018.

BEST STORYLINE

The Abbott Family Drama (The Blood Abbott Clause) – The Young and the Restless

This was soap at its best: riveting family drama, flashbacks to the siblings’ relationship as children, and how it effects their present- day situation.  It was filled with dynamic and memorable performances from Peter Bergman, Eileen Davidson, and Beth Maitland.  It all kicked-off a year before, when Jack blocked Ashley’s opportunity to run Jabot by coming forward with the never-before-heard-of “Blood Abbott” clause that are in the company bylaws that state that only a true Abbott could be CEO, and Ashley is not.  Later, when Ashley gained control of the company, Y&R delivered the biggest swerve of the year!  Ashley has been behind Jack’s search for his bio-dad when it was supposedly revealed by Dina that Jack was not John’s biological son.  It turns out it was all a part of Ashley’s revenge plot against Jack for taking from her what she felt was rightfully hers.   What could have been a boring corporate boardroom drama was instead emotional and enthralling TV.

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MOST SOCIALLY-RELEVANT STORYLINE

Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s – General Hospital

General Hospital has been doing such a great job with this story; from showing the affects of this disease on the person afflicted with it, and how it affects the family members, who watch their loved one slipping away.  This story provided GH with the best emotional beats to watch in soaps in 2018. 

Honorable Mentions:

Victoria’s Domestic Abuse via J.T. – The Young and the Restless

Franco’s child abuse – General Hospital

WORST STORYLINE

The Mexico Connection – Days of our Lives

In this hard to follow story, or make sense of story: El Fideo made a return, as the action shifted to Mexico.  Theresa had Chloe held hostage for her own escape.  Chloe had to sing opera to the drug lord, and Xander popped up to help Theresa get back to Salem.  Say what … and why?

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST 

Anna had a child with Faison – General Hospital 

While this story gave us great scenes from the always amazing Finola Hughes to play, the plot point was hard to swallow.  We are to believe that a younger Anna in her WSB days had a child conceived with her arch-enemy number-one, Faison, and never spoke of it, and just gave the baby away.

MOST UNDER-UTILIZED CHARACTER 

(TIE)

Alexis Davis- General Hospital

Alexis wasn’t driving story, or getting back together with Julian in 2018, and her portrayer, Nancy Lee Grahn deserves better!

Kate Roberts – Days of our Lives

While Kate was doing her usual machinations to get ahead in business and offing Vivian for all intent and purposes, wouldn’t it be cool if Kate, who has so many kids and tent poles in Salem, could get a story all her own, and we could see Lauren Koslow shine?

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MOST POLARIZING CHARACTER

Peter August AKA Henrik Faison – General Hospital

We have never seen such different views from the audience for one character.  Many loathe the character of Peter August and want him off the canvas, others like the portrayal by Wes Ramsey, and throughout 2018 as the character had plenty of screen-time.  Fans were one way, or the other, on this one.

MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER

Nate Hastings – The Young and the Restless

We can’t find anything to like right now about Nate.  We get he is an arrogant doctor, full of himself, but we can’t find any qualities that would want to make us want to know the man.  Writers – take the cocky down a notch.

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MOST ANNOYING PLOT POINT 

Dr. Kim Nero (a doctor!) not telling her son he is dying – General Hospital

This has to be the stupidest plot point of 2018.  How would single mother, and doctor, Kim Nero, who has worked so hard to have a great relationship with her son for years, not tell him he was dying from cancer to the brain?  Tamara Braun deserves better than this plot point to have to justify as an actress.

MOST BORING COUPLE

Zoe and Xander, or Emma and Xander – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whether it is Xander with Zoe or Emma, we just don’t get the interest in these characters.  Are we missing something?

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BIGGEST SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

(Tie) 

Genie Francis taken off-contract by GH

When fans found out that Genie Francis was quickly written out at GH, all of a sudden, the character dropped out of the mayoral race to go be with her grandson, Spencer in Europe, and in the process left her new husband, Kevin behind.  Something wasn’t right.  Turns out, Genie was off-contract and Twitter lit up giving GH and ABC executives a taste of what was on their minds.   Eventually by year’s end, Francis was back with contract and in major story.  Good going GH fans! 

Dropping Veteran Performers

As newbie characters were attempted to be integrated into the Genoa City tapestry, Y&R, known for some of the best legacy characters in daytime, left fans outraged when its longest running cast-member Doug Davidson and his endearing Paul Williams were nowhere to be found, and was no longer on-contract with the show … not his choice.  Add to that, little to nothing story-wise for Neil Winters, Lauren Fenmore Baldwin, Michael Baldwin, and others.  Even series iconic star, Eric Braeden had a few choice words on Twitter for the misuse, or lack of use, of veterans from the series.  Couple that with what happened to Genie Francis (mentioned above), and soap writers should figure out a way to keep the history of their shows, create stories involving people that aren’t the spring chickens they once were, and shed a light on love, loss, workplace issues and more, featuring beloved characters. 

SADDEST TREND

The real-life deaths of beloved soap opera stars from: DAYS’ Peggy McCay, GH’s Susan Brown, DAYS’ Frank Parker, AMC’s Christopher Lawford, Y&R’s Donnelly Rhodes, and more.

It seemed like every day we went online and read about another well-known soap, or former soap star, passing away.  It will be the quite the “In-Memoriam” segment at the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards, unfortunately.

BEST PROP

(Tie) 

Nick’s prosthetic J.T. mask – The Young and the Restless 

Gotta give it to Nick Newman for pulling off this fast one; by knowing just how to order and make a prosthetic mask in record time to fool his father and everyone else in Genoa City!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Stephanie’s portrait – The Bold and the Beautiful

We will take Susan Flannery anyway we can get her, and if that means as a voice of her B&B alter-ego, Stephanie Forrester having a “chat” with Brooke on her wedding day, (as the Stephanie self-portrait looks down upon her from the mantle) then that’s TV prop gold for us.

BEST BRAWL

Victor and J.T. sending Victor down a flight of stairs – The Young and the Restless

Great fight choreography, and two actors adept at the physical can make for one awesome soap brawl.  This time it was not two ladies, it was two titan male characters who despise each other.  The outcome: Victor’s now memorable visual of falling backward down a flight of stairs, as J.T did nothing to help him.

So, after reviewing our picks, which do you agree with?  Which do you disagree with? What are your thoughts on the Best and Worst in Soaps of 2018?  Were you happy to see some of your favorites receiving our year-end honors?  What category and winner would you add?  Share your thoughts in the comment below!  

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