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Deep Dish Names The Best & Worst Of Season One Of AMC and OLTL!

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Earlier this week, Marc Harshbarger reviewed the first season of the revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live with this picks for the Best and Worsts storylines, characters, actors and actresses, events, mystery, hunks and more,  on his popular blog Deep Dish:  groovy gay pop culture!

Harshbarger noted: “So it has been a bumpy four months for AMC and OLTL behind the scenes as well as on-screen, where their characters and storylines have entertained, frustrated, confused and put me to sleep.”

As for a sampling of his picks …  for Most Dramatic storyline: “Last spring I found Cassandra’s violent kidnapping by sex traffickers on AMC to be too disturbing and sleazy to enjoy. However, this storyline did eventually lead to some satisfying emotional drama, including Cassandra’s pregnancy and abortion and Jesse’s resignation as Pine Valley’s police chief.”

For Worst Storyline Runner-Up: “The Pellegrino Fund on OLTL – both Dorian and Viki were stuck in this dull storyline as the latter lost a fortune in a bad investment.” Worst Storyline Honorable Mention: “OLTL’s Nora Buchanan as “The Nightbird” – she got her own advice show podcast, which was less than exciting to watch – and big waste of Hillary B. Smith’s talent.”

For Most Entertaining Character: “OLTL’s David is always good for a laugh – and Tuc Watkins is terrific in the role. I especially enjoyed him pushing Blair out of the way at the gala. And I have a feeling that he and Dorian – who broke up after she caught him kissing Rama on the dance floor at Shelter – will eventually find their way back to each other after she learns the truth about Carl.”  Best Bitch:  “AMC’s Colby Chandler – I didn’t care much for her at first as she broke up Celia and Pete and slept with both him and David. But then it was revealed that she was friends with poor Cassandra, whom she helped through the painful aftermath of her kidnapping. It was nice to see that Colby had a nice side – and even though she continued to be mean to Celia (i.e. changing the measurements of the girl’s gala dress), I now liked her as a more “well-rounded” bitch.”‘

Best Actor and Actress: “Next year’s Daytime Emmys better acknowledge the wonderful performances by AMC’s Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan as their characters, Jesse and Angie Hubbard, dealt with their daughter’s traumatic ordeal. ”

Check out the entire list here, and then let us know if you agree with Harshbarger’s picks, or what would you pick as the Best and Worst of Season One of AMC and OLTL?  Share your thoughts below!

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Beth
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I agree that AMC had a better season than OLTL. I love Tuc Watkins and didn’t like Nikki the bartender. I don’t know that I’d give AMC an “A”, especially since I didn’t like Cassandra’s story, no matter how timely the subject may be or how well Debbi and Darnell did with the material, and their performancs were award-worthy. I’m not sure I’d give Best Couple to Pete and Celia. Between the two shows, I’d probably give it to Todd and Blair. Dr. Anders is not all that interesting to me, either. But I do agree that Zach and Lea… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im in agreement here…its about all id of said…i think Noras story wouldve been better had she been recieving calls from her enemy Lyndsey Rappaport. One Lifes cliffhanger shouldve been like this: Natalie finds her babysitter murdered and Liam missing. cut to street scene…a blonde woman is seen walking with a small child, and singing ‘Hush little baby dont say a word’ ect. she turns to the camera and smiles wickedly…its Alison Perkins with Liam! Alison resumes singing and walking with Liam. fade to black. end of season one. Will John Mcbain return for season 2 to search for his… Read more »

Joshua
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Joshua

Oh dead Gawd in heaven please don’t tell me Petey and Celia won Best Couple? Is that a joke?

That guy is so nauseating. A complete Cameron Mathison/Ryan Lavery 2.0.

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

I agree with the writer’s statement, “RH sleepwalked through his scenes”. I did not think that Todd and Blair were all that amazing together. They were somewhat boring. The “More” shows talked about Todd and Blair too much. The producers and writers missed the mark on that one. They should not have built a good part of the season around RH’s departure. Focus on the terrific actors who are committed to OLTL, and not the one who is on his way back to GH. I do hope that OLTL returns as the mystery set up by Jeffrey and Carl could… Read more »

Jenn
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Jenn

I don’t agree that RH was sleepwalking through his scenes. I think he was given crap writing and then tired after filming it all in such little time. I think your are dead on though about how they focused way too much on TnB and not the characters who were staying. It seemed really weird and they wrote a lot of characters into a corner as a result. Both Blair and Tea are married to characters who are not on the show now. Are they just going to be dropped into the “mom” roles? I don’t know why TPTB thought… Read more »

curry-girl
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curry-girl

I would have liked to have seen at the season finally that Todd was the mastermind and culprit behind the Tattoo organization working with Alison Perkins holding Victor hostage again. He did all of this to win Blair back.

Deep Dish
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Deep Dish

What a pleasant surprise!!! Thanks, Michael, for the shout-out to my recent AMC and OLTL post. That’s so nice of you. Hopefully your fans will enjoy reading it.

Derek
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Derek

Loved the reviews, and must say they were spot on!

Deep Dish
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Deep Dish

Thanks, Derek! 🙂

su0000
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su0000

The downfall of both soaps is; They are too soft for the internet.. People expect much more reality, hard core drama, and of course a bit of skin and be real to life, when people get mad they swear, especially the men. Both soaps are seen as being written for grandma.. People watch hows shows like; Breaking Bad… #1 rating American Horror story Orange the new Black House of cards etc etc in kind.. Cable has gone R and MA ratings for the most popular shows.. Network TV show as Scandal have 5 star ratings because they are for grownups,… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

My grandmother watched GH…my niece is from this generation and she faithfully watches the show…a fourth generation watcher…mild swearing and barely any skin but yet she watches daily…people from this generation to us old geezers will watch anything good whether there is adult content or not…your not 100% wrong on some stuff you say but i didnt see a bunch of this generation tuning in when Tea said the f word…the story still has to be good…unfortunately the reboots storylines were not…and thats why it didnt attract many new viewers…i myself liked some of it and i didnt care if… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

But– she is not a new viewer.. she has watched with family.. New viewers who have not watched soaps are not tuning in, if they were the numbers would be in the 5 million lol And the soaps are laughed over by many younger as my grandmas stories.. The soaps are stuck in the 80’s and now have a chance to come into the 21st century media/online.. It has nothing to do with with saying fu*k it has to do with connecting to reality and men when very angry cuss.. teenagers are very liberal with some cuss words, not that… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

suOOO Soaps have been around for half a century. Guess what? People have been around much longer! And PEOPLE don’t change. People have ALWAYS used curse words…I’m sure your parents did and your grandparents and their grandparents. Just like people were “shocked” when Elvis Presley moved his hips…just as they were shocked when Miley Cyrus moved more. People stay the same…as each young generation of their time thinks they’re so unique, different, hip, cool….wthatever. The reason soaps always drew huge viewers was because the viewers got involved…hooked…attached…to the characters and brought them into their lives day after day. DAY AFTER… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

So what??
Fact is the soaps are not bringing in young viewers..
IF the soaps were garbing new viewers the ratings numbers would be way up, but the numbers stay near same/not growing to any significance because the younger and or new are not tuning in….
It is the old fans keeping them alive.
When something stops growing it will eventually die, in media..

I love the soaps and want them forever, but they do need change to get new viewers, they are not getting new viewers of any growing numbers.. 🙂

Kate
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Kate

Downton Abbey is one of the most popular soaps of all time and there is little skin and no cursing. You are trying to compare apples to oranges. Soaps were not meant to be like “Breaking Bad”. The key is in the writing. Need good storylines. As much as I can’t stand watching the high school scenes, I know that I must endure some of it. I do not watch the shows you mention but I bet they don’t have high school scenes. No one wants to watch high school scenes except perhaps the 12 and under audience. The problem… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Downtown Abby is not a soap.. It is nit made in the USA.. Downtown Abbey is a British period drama show..from the United Kingdom and PBS USA picked it for their Masterpiece series, it is aired in public TV.. It is related to history of aBritish social hierarchy and less fantasy then USA soaps.. Downtown Abbey also airs in; Australia …Finland..Argentina .. Japan.. Italy..Taiwan .. Spain.. The Czech Republic..Hong Kong..China..South Africa.. Sweden..Portugal..Chile..Brazil..Switzerland..France.. Greece.. Norway..Mexico..Russia..Hungary..Turkey..Philippines..Slovenia.. Denmark..Iran.. Middle East..Serbia..Belgium..Poland..New Zealand.. Netherlands..Israel..Germany..Scotland ((and others.. Many of those countries would not a allow any skin above the ankle lol It is not a soap… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

my niece didnt watch with family…she started on her own…second if your part of this generation you watch gh and make great comments about it…it appeals to you yet there is no r rated sex or curse words and you never complain…you always give gh good comments about the storyline…many young in my family 16 to 30ish have watched soaps and other shows on network, cable and online including myself…pg to r rated…cussing and nudity were in some and some did not have hardly any…some were good shows and some werent…its all about the story…none tuned in to hear cursing… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I did not say to load the soaps with sex and cuss words.
I said they seem phony without some cussing when people are very angry they cuss and sex is a huge part of humans..
The soaps need to connect more to reality not be phony with no connection to real life..

Derek
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Derek

@ su. In this case every on network.tv is fake because none of them have cussing or sex due to the FCC. The bottom line is soaps lose viewers because for one the neilson system.sucks and two people aren’t home during the day anymore like they used to be and thats it.

Linda
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Linda

IMHO AMC had better writers. The story lines, while not perfect, kept my interest. AJ was the best of the new characters. Jesse, Angie and David were great as usual. But what happened to Dr. Griff and Bianca? They should have been used more. As for OLTL I felt there was no flow. Even though most of it’s characters returned something was missing. Jerry VanDorn was terrific. Too much emphasis was on Shelter. What happened to John McBain? It would have been nice if he made an appearance. If OLTL returns TPTB should change that awful opening. Since ABC is… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

OLTL has the worst opening, ever..(cringe) out of Sesame Street lol..
It is so irritating I can no longer tolerate it ..
The lame openings label the soaps as lame, very lame..

Theme music opening, dramatic music, would do both soaps a lot of good..

Kate
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Kate

I wonder if ABC would bring the soaps back at 30 minutes each if PP had not bought the rights to them. The talk shows are never going to bring in high ratings. There are too many of them and they are sooooooo boring. I think the audience are those that don’t have cable and they just turn on the tv out of habit and don’t really watch. Ellen does well because she is funny. I use to watch tv every day. I don’t ever have the tv on during the day now unless I want to watch the local… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

Nora’s story ” Night Bird” was great…different funny.

Toni
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Toni

I agree with Deep Dish about AMC on a number of points. I loved Colby, and watching her was one of the highlights of the season. She was a great bitch, but what made her relatable was seeing her vulnerability in her scenes with Cassandra. She was very well written and acted, nicely rounded out, and interesting. I look forward to more of her in season 2. I also agree about Lea and Zach. I love Zach Slater, but Lea was lackluster at best. His scenes with Miranda were far and away more enjoyable. But what I’m really hoping for… Read more »

christy
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christy

favorite OLTL characters (from this season) David, naturally, and Blair & Todd I’m afraid the storywriting for OLTL this time was not up to what I’m used for OLTL for the first 43 years! The ending was horrible… that had to be a nightmare Nat’s having, having drifted off in one the hospital waiting rooms… This mystery thing with Todd & Victor reminds me too much of the “mystery” on ABC’s Lost… I like a mystery I can figure out and one that gets solved by the end of the season if not sooner. Vicki didn’t figure out that Dorian… Read more »

Edwin
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Edwin

One life to live was horrible. It sucks that was da show I’d practically run home from school to watch in the past but it was horrible this season. IF there is a season two and that’s a big IF the. The writers need to be FIRED otherwise don’t bring it back it will only dishonor OLTL more.

S
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S

I would like to say that the main story on OLTL is really good. The one about The disappearance of Victor and Todd going after him and the absolutely wonderful performance of Clint at the end. The entrance of Allison Perkens really wets your appetite for more. So I say bring it back. To hec with the courts.

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This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

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To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

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From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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