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AMC Recap – Jan 24 – Jan 28th

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Annie’s insecurity over JR and Marissa pushes her towards a breaking point. She demands that JR set a divorce date. After hearing the news that Ryan and Greenlee are engaged, Annie sees Marissa and JR walking into Krystal’s with a bunch of decorations. JR says he’s helping with Damon’s going away party but when Marissa returns he moves away from Annie. Damon decides to officially leave Pine Valley and take the law opportunity in California that Liza hooked up for him. He goes to see Angie and thanks her for giving him his first job. Opal tells Tad she hopes that Liza didn’t have a hand in Colby and Damon’s demise. Tad tells his son he’s fine with him accepting the position even though deep down he isn’t as fine as he claims to be. Annie becomes dangerously unstable and possessive of JR. Marissa catches Annie behind her with a pair of scissors but Annie claims to be helping out with the decorating. Annie hallucinates about Marissa and JR which leads her to rip apart the hotel room and leave JR numerous voicemails, claiming she is on the verge of doing something they’ll both regret.  When Annie bumps into Scott and bursts into tears he assumes that it has something to do with JR. JR reveals to Tad that he is with Annie and plans to go public once the divorce is final. After hearing the many voicemails JR is taken aback. Cara’s hidden past finally comes to light. Scott works hard to transform himself into a better person.  Angie is impressed with his ideas for the hospital. As Liza helps Colby get ready for Damon’s going away party, she tells her mom the plan she has to fix things between her and Damon and wonders who the “whore” is that he slept with.  At the party, Colby tells Damon about the hotel room she booked in NYC but he says he’s not in love with her anymore. Damon sees Liza crying from afar and Colby asks her mom what she meant when she said she did something to hurt her.

As Annie continues to spiral downward Marissa becomes suspicious.  Scott tells Annie that he won’t tell anyone about her and JR since they both deserve each other.  Amanda helps Annie get JR out of Damon’s party; Annie spins a story on why she called him so many times and claims it was because she thought someone was following her which ended up to be Scott Marissa sees the messages from Annie on JR’s phone and listens to them; she realizes that it’s more than just business.  JR confronts Scott about going after Annie. As Colby tries to deal with the fact that Damon is leaving town, Asher discovers that Liza was the woman he slept with. When Colby asks Liza what she meant about hurting her, Tad steps in and says it was because Liza was the one who helped Damon get the job in CA. Cara admits to Tad and Jake that she had leukemia as a child.  She never told Jake because he was the first person to look at her like a normal human being and genuinely enjoyed going on adventures with her.  Cara admits that while she was happy with him she needed to feel free and traveling is her life.

JR realizes he must take action regarding Annie’s downward spiral. Marissa accuses Annie of losing it and forces JR to answer the question in front of them both on whether or not he loves Annie. JR tells Annie that they must not see each other until his divorce is final. Annie tries to reassure herself that JR will divorce Marissa and that he loves her. Asher becomes genuinely concerned for Colby.  He confronts Liza and says he will keep her secret unless she hurts Colby again. David succeeds in staying in the hospital a bit longer.  Jake says that he is going to go over David’s medical work to see if he can be released to the prison but David points out that he didn’t stay dead, what makes Jake think he won’t be able to stay out of prison. Ryan and Greenlee inform Madison of their engagement.  While she’s ok with it, Madison tells Ryan that if not for Greenlee they could have had something amazing.  Scott tells Greenlee that she should really tell Ryan about Madison’s pregnancy. Scott takes Madison to the park on their date and Ryan tells Greenlee it doesn’t bother him seeing the two together.  Ryan is frustrated to learn that David is still in the hospital and not in prison. When he overhears Jake talking to David about some tests he has to have done, Ryan poses as an orderly to get David alone. Kendall returns to Fusion and is welcomed back by the girls. When Kendall looks at a new Fusion ad she has a flashback of holding a gun and Erica screaming “no” but can’t quite figure out why. Brot and Natalia grow closer which puts their jobs in jeopardy.  Iris instructs Jesse to fire one of them. Someone is stealing prescription pills from the hospital and Tad is put in charge of finding out whom.  When Cara almost blows his cover, she quickly helps him cover and later admits she enjoyed the feeling of adventure that gave her.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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Steve Burton as Jason & Maurice Benard as Sonny

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