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B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang & ‘This Is Us’ Mandy Moore Deliver The ‘Power Performances of the Week’

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The top honors for the most notable performances for the past week, this time go to one actress on daytime and one actress on primetime.  Both gave us compelling, heartfelt, and at-times gut-wrenching work within the confines of their storylines.

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), continues to be a standout in one of the most aggravating storylines (Sheila getting away with dismantling Brooke’s life with booze to the point where there is a quickie reunion of Taylor and Ridge) and through it is giving the audience some of the best work of her entire 35-year-run on the CBS soap,

On Friday’s episode, Brooke tells Ridge she is giving him a divorce to make him happy, and with tears flowing she says she will never forgive herself for what happened on New Year’s Eve (getting drunk and then kissing Deacon). She goes on to tell Ridge that she wishes to God that she deserved his love, but she doesn’t. Brooke says she knows she has self-destructive tendencies. Ridge tells Brooke none of this makes him happy, but he does walk out on Brooke, and head to Taylor, leaving a devastated Brooke in a puddle of tears and her life torn to pieces.  Be on the lookout for Lang to be a major contender for a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work in the 2023 Daytime Emmy race.

Meanwhile, NBC’S This Is Us is quite the soap in our minds. The primetime drama, which is in its sixth and final season, is going to wrap up its run in 10 more episodes. However, this past Tuesday saw once again just how the unsung hero of the show, Mandy Moore, can play three different times in the life of Rebecca with such ease and such believability.

Moore out did even herself in the episode entitled “Taboo”.  In the present time, Rebecca, who we know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, tells her children (Randall, Kevin and Kate), following Thanksgiving dinner, the provisions she wants the family to take when she can no longer understand or make choices for herself, or the end of her life nears.  First, Rebecca makes her children verbally acknowledge and agree that Miguel will be in charge of the decisions and her care.  However, if something happens to Miguel before she dies, she wants Kate to be in charge and the decision-maker of her care.  Then, Moore makes us reach for the hankies telling her kids : “You will not make your life smaller because of me, I am your mother, and I am sick, and I am asking you to be fearless.” She then needs them all to say they will do as she says, and in tears all three kids do just that. Later, Kate asks Rebecca why she chose her to be in charge of her care. Rebecca replies, “You are my daughter and my best friend. It was always you, Kate.”  And if you think that’s all Moore did in the episode … wrong!

Earlier in the episode, as the series goes to a flashback of her younger days after Jack’s death, we see how Miguel and Rebecca try to fight their growing attraction to each other, and how Miguel did not want to betray her ex-husband and his best friend, by following through on his feelings for her.

On the porch, following another Thanksgiving, Miguel tells a stunned Rebecca he’s moving to Houston, where he’s got a new job and will be closer to his kids.  Rebecca’s eyes immediately well-up in tears.  Miguel expresses, in tears too, “I feel like I’ve been staying around because… it’s time Rebecca. Now that you’re back up on your feet, it’s time for me to go.”  Rebecca is gutted and a younger Kate finds her mom crying on her bed and goes to comfort her.

So, what did you think of Katherine Kelly Lang’s work on B&B, and Mandy Moore’s on This Is Us? Share your thoughts on our picks for the Power Performances of the Week via the comment section below.  But first, check out one of the key scenes from This Is Us featuring Moore and Jon Huertas.

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Shari
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Shari

Katherine Kelly Lang has been giving this same performance year in and year out.
Mandy Moore is amazing and has deserved the Emmy for a while now.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Shari
I don’t think you meant that as praise and Iam certainly not a fan of Brooke/K.K.L but after rereading your post, I have to agree that she DOES give the same, expected performance time after time. Are we just sick of her being good? Ha!

Kevin Bradley
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Kevin Bradley

Disagree RE: Katherine Kelly Lang. She continues to deliver impassioned work, better each season, a vast improvement from her earlier days as Brooke. Agree with you on Mandy Moore

Kat
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Kat

That is not her fault it’s Brad Bell and nobody gets too upset we have a fake Taylor a fake ridge just so disgusted with him ! Why JW and Wh agreeded to come back he is insulting to his actors ! He has actors nobody is interested in just to prove he is not whatever I’m so sick of him just cancel the show with some dignity!

Michael
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Michael

And who in your opinion is the “real” Taylor and Ridge?

Kat
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Kat

Ronn Moss and Hunter Taylor that’s who

Toni
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Toni

Agreed! Cancellation on it’s way.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Shari. It must be boring doing the same story line for 30+ years. On the plus side, Mandy has been excellent all year and continues to be underrated.

Richard
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Richard

Mandy Moore has been underrated for so long wouldn’t it be a great thing for the Emmy awards to finally award her after all of her stellar work on this is us especially on this final season it’s about time the Emmy’s gave a network show the award since it’s well deserved as far as Katherine Kelly lang her work this week was great and she’s also been underrated along with many in daytime congrats to both

Iakovos
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Iakovos

KKL has been given the same story for 35 years. She is a delight to watch but Brooke would be more compelling a character with a strong backbone. Brook should be a power player not a weepy ingenue. We have Hope for that. Have her soon realize this recent fall off the wagon is not her fault, that Ridge is not her endgame, and let her live a vibrant exciting life. Weary of all the moping. Tired of the Forrester hypocrisy. No one deserves casting a stone here… Steffy, Thomas, Ridge. I would love to see Brooke launch a company… Read more »

JenW
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JenW

I don’t watch B&B but Mandy Moore this week – oh WoW. I agree that she has been under-rated but she was outstanding this week. I do think this show has gone on too long, but it would certainly be well deserved if she won an Emmy on this last finale.

I’m glad we are getting to see how Rebecca and Miguel got together; the scene where they were playing the game was so telling in how well they knew each other and their history and obvious to everyone in the room.

Fran Fallon
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Fran Fallon

Mandy Moore is an incredible actor! She moves from one generation to another with such ease and earnest perfection to her defined roles. Congratulations Mandy on your deserved award.!!!!

The other Lis
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The other Lis

KKL is a good actress however she has played this scene (Brooke and Ridge breakup) with different variations almost every year for the past 30 years. How many times have they broken up/? I know the show has a small cast but why can’t they come up with a different story line for this talented woman. At this point she should pull an Eileen Fulton with her infamous grandmother clause and make it a part of her contract that she will never break up with Ridge again.

Toni
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Toni

B@B writing is horrific

General Hospital

GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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WWE Royal Rumble: Sami Zayn Turns on the Bloodline, Cody Rhodes and Rhea Ripley to Wrestlemania

The best soap opera storyline going (the WWE’s ‘Bloodline’ internal struggles, betrayals, and alliances), had its long-awaited major development following the conclusion of the Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens WWE Universal Championship headliner at this weekend’s Royal Rumble PPV streaming on Peacock.  It provided viewers and fans with one of most dramatic moments ever witnessed in WWE history.

However, before all of that, it was the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble with each of the winner’s getting their shot at at the championship and to headline Wrestlemania in Los Angeles this coming April.

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As expected, Cody Rhodes, who made his triumphant return after an 8-month layoff from the ring – recovering from a torn pectoral muscle and surgery – beat 29 competitors to win the Men’s Royal Rumble finally eliminating Gunther. For it was Gunther who set a record for being in the ring the longest during a Royal Rumble match. Gunther was entrant #1 of the 30 men vying for the shot at the title.

Also as anticipated, Rhea Ripley, who has been on a hot streak of late as part of the ‘Judgement Day’, punched her ticket to Wrestlemania besting 29 other women. Ripley outlasted Liv Morgan after Morgan got misted in the face by mistake by Asuka and Rhea used that to her advantage to be the last woman remaining in the ring.

But all eyes were on the main event of the night and just what WWE Universal Champ Roman Reigns had in store for Sami Zayn. Prior to the match, Reigns had told Zayn he had one last test for him to prove his allegiance to the ‘Bloodline’. Problem was: Reigns was wrestling Sami’s best friend, Kevin Owens for the title.  Reigns, came to the ring with only Zayn and special counsel Paul Heyman by his side – the rest of the ‘Bloodline’ were conspicuous by its absence.

After Reigns defeated Kevin Owens, the rest of the Bloodline (Jimmy and Jey Uso and Solo Sikoa) joined him in the ring for a monumental beat down of Owens including handcuffing him to the ropes.  When Reigns demanded Zayn find a chair, Sami was not pleased.  After locating a chair under the ring, he tossed it to Reigns.  Once in the ring, Zayn protected Owens and told Reigns he did not have to do this. That’s when, Reigns demanded Zayn deliver the chair shot.

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Instead, Zayn hit Reigns in the back with the chair, thus ending his sensational run with the The ‘Bloodline’! What happened next was a sad beat down by Solo Sikoa, Jimmy Uso and Reigns of Sami.

However, in a surprise twist, Jey Uso, who had originally been skeptical of Zayn’s intentions in the ‘Bloodline’, turned his back on Reigns and the family, and walked out of the ring emotionally upset.

One can only imagine … perhaps Uso and Zayn might team up and it might mean the end of the Usos Tag Team Championship run? Will it be Owens and Zayn teaming up vs. The Bloodline? Zayn vs. Reigns for a title shot?

This story has been executed so well by the WWE that it has captivated audience and made Sami Zayn a beloved fan favorite in the process.

So, what did you think of the collapse of the ‘Bloodline’? Did you think Cody and Rhea would win their respective Royal Rumble’s? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out some of the highlights from the Peacock streaming PPV below.

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General Hospital

GH’s Eden McCoy Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Not often does a week’s worth of soaps offer up so many outstanding performances. However, the beginning of 2023 brought just that in dramatic scenes featuring General Hospital’s Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt), Willian Lipton (Cameron), Parry Shen (Brad) and Days of our Lives Lauren Koslow (Kate).

When all was said and done there was one performance, that for us, rang most true. For anyone who has ever gone through a break-up and had to let someone you care about down, you could feel and understand the raw emotion displayed by General Hospital’s Eden McCoy (Josslyn).

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Not only did McCoy deliver during the breakup scenes as Joss broke Cameron’s heart into pieces, but later, Joss is shocked and guilt-ridden to find out that Britt died from ‘The Hook’s’ attack after saving her life, and then having to admit the whole thing to her mother, Carly (Laura Wright). Never mind the one other event of that fateful night.  Joss had sex with Dex (Evan Hofer) before she headed over to Kelly’s to talk to Cameron, realizing she should have cleared-up her relationship, first.

McCoy really shined when Josslyn arrived at Kelly’s to tell Cameron things have changed between them. She tearfully apologized for not coming to him sooner.  She promises she will always love him, but she is not in love with him anymore, and she lets him know there is no going back. They can’t fix things.  As Josslyn pours her heart out knowing what this was doing to Cameron, it was a five-hankie moment, indeed.

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In addition, when Josslyn spills most all to her mother (she left out the part of having sex with Dex), you could genuinely feel the bond between the two, which as we have stated many times through the years, speaks to the perfect casting of McCoy as Carly’s daughter and her on-screen chemistry with Laura Wright.

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For all of these well-played and outstanding moments, Michael Fairman TV names Eden McCoy our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.

Now let us know, what did you think of Eden’s work in the break-up scenes between Joss and Cam and its aftermath? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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