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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst In Soaps 2018

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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!

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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.

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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

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.

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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Amy
Amy

The best you can give to Roger Howarth & the story of repressed memories is an honorable mention? That was the best story I have ever seen on any soap in the last 40 years.

The Alzheimer’s story was ruined by inserting the dead body and useless DA when there was no suspense of Sonny ever facing consequences. He doesn’t. He never will. It’s also offensive that Sonny & Carly do not respect Yvonne or her husband enough to reinforce proper boundaries to Mike. Sexual assault is a problem in long term care facilities.

GramS
GramS

Oh please….there was no sexual assault happening and the nursing homes or seniors residences take precautionary measures to make sure the residents are safe. What needed to happen is for Yvonne’s husband to get some help in understanding Alzheimer’s. What is important is to honour the person with Alzheimer’s and where the disease takes them. Sadly the memory goes but the need for affection hangs on and more often than not it is received from another person in the nursing home. The spouse just has to find a way to deal with it. The Notebook and Away From Her are excellent movies that deal with people with Alzheimer’s and the spouse left behind.

Amy
Amy

I ASSURE you that sexual assault occurs in nursing homes. Portraying Mike trying to kiss Yvonne was not cute. Presenting Marcus as unreasonable for wanting to protect his wife was irresponsible. If Mike kisses Yvonne, who is clueless, he might want to do more later and she is NOT competent to give consent. He’s not competent either, but he’s no less of a danger to Yvonne. This was a really poor choice to take in writing this story. I’m quite familiar with how Alzheimer’s affects people. My mother has it. Two grandparents had it. And with all the time I have spent in nursing homes, I have known dozens of Alzheimer’s patients and their families. I don’t need to see a movie. I’ve seen this up close and personally.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, Yvonne’s husband is dense!

Lucy D
Lucy D

Totally agree Amy. That childhood abuse story was so powerful and wonderfully written and acted. Should have gotten much more attention.

Sonny’s mobiness ruined the Alzheimer’s story.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Excellent commentary, Amy!

As a whole, I enjoyed this column and these choices by Mr. Fairman, EXCEPT for one category: Most Polarizing Character. Fairman chose GH’s Peter August. Everyone knows that the most polarizing character in all of daytime is GH’s Sonny. Geez… Talk about an elephant in the room!

Steve
Steve

Actually Michael was kind using the term “polarizing” when it comes to Peter August. No doubt, the focus on Sonny does bother many people, but just the existence of Peter’s character rubs so many the wrong way. The changed the backstory of a beloved vet (Anna) with a preposterous storyline that turned away many long time viewers.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Great points, Steve! Thank you for your input!

Sharon Sims
Sharon Sims

Jason returns was fabulous .
I’m glad Steve is back

Anne Rexford
Anne Rexford

I agree!

Ray
Ray

Great job, Michael. I always look forward to your year-end review. As a fan of “Days of our Lives” since the 1970s, it has been a long time since the show has been “can’t miss.” This year, the storylines have been good, if not great. First, Rob Scott Wilson is doing an amazing job making the audience fall in love with Ciara/Ben, although we were watching him as a serial killer less than three years ago.

Next, Marci Miller was captivating as Abigail, but Kate Mansi has not missed a beat in taking back the role less than two months ago. The scene with Abigail on Christmas Eve, giving Jennifer a piece of her mind, was classic.

Third, the HUGE presence of Susan Seaforth Hayes has been such a great surprise. Julie has been written as a “pop-in” character for so long, I was beginning to wonder if she and Doug would ever get off the cruise ship. Her involvement with bringing down Gabi was another “must-see.”

In 2019, I hope the writers dial down some the overuse of characters playing multiple characters. At one time, Hattie/Marlena, Adrienne/Bonnie and Kristen/Susan was too much of a good thing.

I would also like to see the return of Steve Johnson. There is too much storyline left for this character, such as being there for Kayla, his revenge on Stefan, the return of Joey (wishful thinking) and Stephanie (if Abigail is leaving the canvas).

I am looking forward to seeing if Jack has matured since leaving the show six years ago, more Lauren Koslow, the celebration of life for Caroline Brady and more Rex Brady.

Cheers to a Happy New Year in Salem.

LzLs
LzLs

No there isn’t too much storyline for him to return. Maybe Kayla can go join him or they can bring on a new love interest for Kayla.

Ray
Ray

There is always story for core characters if the writers will write it. Look at John and Julie. They have both THRIVED this past year.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

YEs, to bringing back Stephen Nichols! Kayla needs her Patch!

Barbara
Barbara

Oh definitely bring back Steve to Salem! They destroy families and poor Kayla left to doctor duty. There is so much they could do with him and BlackPatch which is dissolved. He is sorely missed and now with Jack back it would be perfect for him to help solve this mystery along w a John and Marlena’s help.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, oh yes!

Michele Wolfe
Michele Wolfe

I agree! I’m also hoping that they bring Patch back. But more importantly, I want to see Thaoo brought back too!

Kevin C
Kevin C

I no longer watch DOOL but I have always loved Kayla and Patch…Back in the Heyday when I loved DAYS, when Patch and Kayla just met and dancing to Lady in Red, to me those were the Days of our Lives along with Justin and Adrienne, Only in my heart and Bo and Hope with Marty Davich background music playing in the background…Yes folks, to me with our daytime dramas IMO the background music makes the world of difference…And in the 70’s the love story of Doug and Julie, Don and Marlena, Maggie and Mickey…in the 80’s Neal and Liz and the list goes on from the 70’s to the 80’s…Regarding Steve/Patch, I think Stephen Nichols is wonderful…

Anne Rexford
Anne Rexford

Agree with Marci Miller! Outstanding actress. If there was a tie with her definitely should have been Amelia Heinle and her scenes with Thad Luckinbill. Outstanding I was on the edge of my seat while watching them on #YR.

mike
mike

How about best scene stealer which would be GH’s Kathleen Gatti or best newcomer Josh Swickard. How about best use of a veteran, Day’s Susan Seaforth Hayes. Or most promising newcomer, GH’s William Lipton.

Patrick
Patrick

NICE CHOICES – i’d add in – best return Linsey Graham as Sarah Horton, @DAYS. SHe’s dynamic… and I hadn’t even seen her work @B&B ; she was nominated for 3 emmies their… so what’s to say… Maggie has her very own child… and it looks like fire w/Eric. AND with Rex. she dances

jaybird369
jaybird369

Not only is Nate BEYOND ANNOYING, he is also EVEN MORE UNWATCHABLE!!!!! An idea for 2019: Either recast the role with a WAY BETTER ACTOR…or write the character out ALTOGETHER!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY 2019 EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Jaybird 369
I totally agree. As good looking as this guy is, I’ve never found a character more annoying, and people have the nerve to criticize Peter August!

Harry
Harry

What exasperates the vexing Nate Ken doll issue (parts and accessories affiliated with Kung Fu and doctoring sold separately) is that he was suddenly taking on the role of the Winters patriarch–that’s Neils’ role. And while someone finally mumbled that Neil moved away to go live near the prison where Lily is imprisoned, no one has mentioned where the hell Paul is. They go on and on about JT being murdered but there is no body to be found when the real person who was murdered was Paul and not only is there no body, no one talks about it–not even his wife. It’s like Paul never existed!!!
Great list, Michael Fairman. I don’t agree with all of your points, but you did a damn fine job of putting this exhaustive list together. Thank you for still caring about our soaps.

Timmm
Timmm

He makes Ryan Peavy look like Shakespeare!

rose
rose

Timmm…Just in case you’ve missed Ryan he seems to be on a lot of Hallmark tv films. :))) Full disclosure, I caught a few of their shows over the holidays because I just wanted time- out, happy stories that had good endings.

Timmm
Timmm

I saw one as I was channel surfing. Ryan has gotten better at his craft and seems like a kind soul.

Patrick
Patrick

YES – Most annoying ; Nate AND DEvon @Y&R
YES – Most annoying ; Michael @GH

Sharon Townsend
Sharon Townsend

I do watch all four soaps. skim sometimes. AGREE with (character names) maxie and nina from general hospital and of course nathan’s funeral episode. some shows i am behind. only watch Nashville at night, love Deacon!! YOU ROCK, MICHAEL!! Happy New Year!!

robert
robert

I definitely agree about Nate,he’s beyond annoying. he needs to take a hike. Willand Sonny as best couple?i find them boring. Days is easily best soap

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Robert
Agree with you here. Will and Sonny are beyond boring, but they are here to stay I guess.

Lucy D
Lucy D

To be fair Michael, the GH audience is not polarized about Peter’s character. While some like him, in most polls, about 85% want him dead. Not just gone, but dead. Never to return from the dead dead.

Patrick
Patrick

of course ; how can any ONE get past; the destruction of ANNA.

I would add to your list @Lucy . JUST WANT DEAD… no where, go away . Dr. Finn, Micheal Easton… to this day his bumbling altho quite the shame for taking her to bed at a whim… AND watching him interact with the rest of the cast… theirs just no adding him in.

I ‘ve given up on @Frank Valentini agenda and his choice pets… Wes Ramsey has no talent skill or presence. the destruction of asking Finola Hughes to prop two of the dimlight character is putting the last nail in her coffin. bye Anna.

Finola Hughes it’s looking grim… Salute nevertheless

Lucy D
Lucy D

I love Finola.
And I’m actually OK with Finn–don’t love it, don’t hate it–at least she’s getting action. I still think she has mad chem with Valentin.
But nothing is as bad as Peter. The character sucks. The actor is horrible.

Laurene
Laurene

“Reconnecting with Victoria in her time of need.

In her time of need, exactly.

Jason Thompson is one of the best actors in daytime, this show really needs to stop wasting him on propping the character of Victoria. This pairing has been done to death, no chemistry, nothing left. It doesn’t benefit Billy as a character and Jason as an actor.

Let the dead horse be dead.

Barbara
Barbara

Yes, let this pairing just stay coparenting and give up on trying to get them back! Love Jason though I do wish GH could borrow him when Robin and Emma show up. There is plenty of show sharing going on so why not let us see Patrick?

Patrick
Patrick

Y&R certainly does not need to pair him back up with Phyllis either… she wore the pants in that relationship.. with her pursed lips and nary a smile… what fun could they have had out of bed ? perhaps Y&R could hire Jade Harlow , this vixen runs the gamut for comedy to drama to familial to femme fatale… just saying… Please no retread on Gina Tognoni, either she’s getting up their in age… Jason Thompson needs Victoria or just move on with NEW

Laurene
Laurene

No one was talking about Phyllis but let’s do it.
PHYLLIS was the one supporting Billy in the relationship. With his gambling, with his Jabot issues …

VICTORIA is the one emasculating every man she’s in a relationship with so thinking Jason Thompson needs Victoria while thinking Phyllis wore the pants in Philly is … something.

What Jason Thompson needs is material to act and fit his talent.
It will never happen with the character of Victoria. He is just wasted in propping her.

Laurene
Laurene

I’ll add Victoria is the opposite of someone new.

Denise A Daniel
Denise A Daniel

The climax of Franco’s child abuse story was hands down the best acting by a male actor in 2018. It was so emotionally devastating & Howarth was brilliant.
The Alzheimer’s story jumped the shark the second they added the Croton garbage.

And I really don’t know what GH you were getting in 2018 but the actor who plays Oscar is the worst. What a bland chem-free sleepwalking failure. Plus, I don’t care if he lives or dies because he’s a newbie. If they wanted me to be invested the sick child should’ve been Cameron or Molly. Kids we’re invested in with moms we love.

Totally agree with you about Maura. She slayed it.

And Peter needs to leave from wince he came.

Patrick
Patrick

that sexual abuse story line.. went nowhere… there wasn’t even any flashback… counseling… residual affects as it were… would this not affect Roger and all his relationships… SPEAKING OF children… I am so disappointed in the writing, as usual, shelly and Chris stink up another plight. THE audience KNEW and we bought it… how close Franco and Kiki, were… THIS WAS @Shelly and Chris opportune TIME .. to dig in and GIVE ROGER’ Franco some meaty material.. instead of him taking over Liz kids. this was a wasted time for the audience to see just how much Franco loved kiki.. it looked like it was going to go somewhere when Franco and Scotty were in Ava bedroom… and it ended with “Kevin” in the room.. and giving them the boot. NOT even at the funeral.. Roger Howarth was given nothing.. and this was his time to shine… not that it’s possible… Roger Howarth WAS A STAR. @GH can give him nothing to work with… short of Frank Valentini lost imagination

Amy
Amy

There was counseling. But then almost every other character got thrown aside so Peter could be on like every day over the summer. They wanted to make the audience like Peter and it backfired because Twitter was flooded with viewers who were rooting for the rattlesnake! And then Oscar has been chewing the scenery the rest of the year. They’ve focused on Griffin’s “overwhelming” grief over losing his girlfriend of about two weeks. And he’s been awful. Franco & Elizabeth have been barely on for months.

rose
rose

My thoughts on Best and Worst…Add Best Female Villians category with tie between…Chloe/Nell, Mary Pat, Dr. O/Kathleen Gatt. “Love” them all. And again, why do they have to kill off good actors like Mary Pat? Haven’t writers learned from RJ?

Sure don’t like the character, but why isn’t Jon Lindstrtom in leading actor category instead of supporting?

How can you neglect Marla Adams/Nina’s performance in Y& R’s alzheimer’s story? Should be a tie with Mike on GH.

Add Cameron actor on GH along with Garren for best younger actor. They play off each other very well in their duo role for such young actors. Oh, and add Joss.

Don’t like Best Bitch Slap category. Especially since there is no Best Bastard one for the guys which I wouldn’t like eithre.

Botched/boring triangles…Add Sam/Jason/Drew to Zander/Zo/Emma.

Add Rey family on Y&R as most annoying story.

Dante…Blah!

Add Ingo and Tamara/Dr. Kim to most underused characters.

Add a category for all Best Holiday Flash Back filler’s like GH’s Thanksgiving and New Years segment. Wonderful to see vintage stories and characters again, if only for a day. Also to see some actors when they were the starting on GH.

Audrey Phillips
Audrey Phillips

You are so right about the Rey Rosales and family on Y and R. So very tired of Rey and Mia. Please send them back to Miami and bring Paul home from wherever he is. Time for Neil and Lily to return home with good storylines. Need more of Lauren and Michael Baldwin also.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Michael, this list is the absolute best you’ve put together in years and I don’t disagree with much of it! TYSM and cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for soaps!

Carl
Carl

You didn’t name any soap “worst soap of the year”

boes
boes

Jason Thompson was fine on General Hospital, but the incessant pimping of his character, almost as humorless and even more arrogant than Nate Hastings has been a disaster for Y&R – as has his partner in bad acting, Gina Tognoni.

Here’s hoping that both actors and characters are deeply backburnered now that Mal Young has left the building. The show has suffered from trying to stuff those two down our throats at every turn. JT is the worst recast in recent soap history, and Gina Tognoni, while she started out well, is suffering from serious over exposure. Send ’em both on a long trip out of town and bring them back, or at least Billy, played by a new actor.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

boes,
I beg to differ.Jason Thompson is the best we’ve had since Billy Miller.I actually think he has more chemistry with Ameila/Victoria than Billy did. He was underused on GH, just playing Robin’s husband, and a once in while brain surgeon. I agree about Gina/Phyllis, stick a fork in her, she’s done! JT is not a recast. As far as I can remember, he’s always been played by one actor, Thad Luckinbill.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree – YES YES YES… on the lack of .. waned interest with Gina Tognoni , as Phyllis. she’s been on ??? August 11, 2014; already, her tryst with both Billy and Jack… have run it’s course.. is she interesting enough… not in the same league as Michelle Stafford did. time for @Y&R to back burner her till a new man is available… AND certainly NOT Michael Muhney, should he return. this show will forever be .. till it’s last ember.. what coulda woulda shoulda Michael Muhney and Sharon Case.Adam and Sharon

Tracy Voorhees
Tracy Voorhees

I totally agree w/you. I had stopped watching Days sort of, but this Season has been excellent! GH needs to up their game. It’s gotten a little slow.

Jules
Jules

A little slow? 😉
I’ve watched religiously since 1990 – many ups and downs – but I can barely hang on these days. Overrun with characters no one cares about at the expense of core Port Charles characters & families. This has become a show for Frank Valentini to showcase his OLTL buddies while longtime GH faves are only used to prop the storylines of former OLTL-ers. I prefer (and miss) the mid-2000s GH with the Quartermaines, Scorpios, Spencers, Hardy/Webbers….the Liz/Jason/Sam/Lucky/Maxie drama, Robin/Patrick, Metro Court hostage crisis, girls’ night out @ Jakes, Spencer/Cassadine wars,…over this crap any day. What was the point of getting rid of Nikolas Cassadine and bringing in random Valentin? I could care less about Nina (although I do like Michelle Stafford), Peter, Finn, and don’t get me started on Franco who was 1000x more interesting when he was a psychopath played by James Franco. I find it hard to believe that Elizabeth, who was brutally raped as a teenager, is now shacking up with someone who arranged for one person to be attacked and made another person think they were raped.

I would venture to say that GH could be in the running for worst soap of 2018 except for the fact that I don’t watch the others.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Ava seeing her daughter in a body bag? No, just no! Gratuitous and chewing of scenery by Maura West–no, just no!

Harry
Harry

Well, Nancy you know I agree with you. And it vexes me to no end that they didn’t use the Ryan return storyline as a vehicle for Felicia and Mac. That would have been riveting and character driven and would have given these beloved vets a front burning storyline. The Ryan I know and fear would still be harboring a huge, burning obsession for Felicia. He’d have no use for Ava as she is too much like his mother. Ryan hated his mother and sought the polarized opposite. Ryan was always seeking the maternal light to get away from the maternal darkness which devoured him.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Well, Harry I agree with YOU re Felicia and Mac. And you’re SO right about Ryan. No Ava! No, just no! 🙂
Happy New Year to you!

Debra Moran
Debra Moran

I have to agree with everything you said. I just love Max Gail. He has been amazing in the role and you can see the love and respect between Max and Maurice. When they did that Summer Wind performance at the Nurses Ball I cried. So touching. Max deserves an Emmy this year!

su000
su000

Ron Carlivati –
In this era of soap writers, RC is the King.
He posses what the others are void of; humor.
Ron delivers drama, suspense, thrills, mystery, surprises, intrigue, interesting couples, and honors vets and brings back the long gone for appearances.
Ron Carlivati can make you wonder, make you cry and make you laugh.

He is a modern writer a Brave writer, he colors outside the lines.

The day GH let Ron Carlivati go GH has gone downhill and will not rise, again.
Days may well have been gone if it hadn’t brought Ron Carlivati in.

Patrick
Patrick

“suOOO” hello and “Thank you” for the great year end salute to DAYS. NICE!

for the millionth billionth time… @GH is not still bleeding out from Ron Carlivati… he has been gone from GH for ALMOST 4 YEARS… GH death is from Shelly, CHris, and Frank Valentini…

of the 3 prominent shows… GH / Y&R / DAYS

at least @DAYS AND Y&R continue to rock the boat… switch gears, turn up the heat, daresay challenge with new writing… and even executive decisions.

@GH : Shelly and Chris the writing is so ho hum.. strung along writing, with no intrigue . spelled out with the heavy reliance on frank Valentini show “Dullard”
I just loved how Carly blurted out to Jason . she’s questioning Margo intentions with Sonny… how she won’t be their to pick up the pieces…. ??? SO WHAT Carly.. disappear… be gone already, right ? as she’s steamed up telling Jason… it’s Sonny pattern.. “he seeks out weaker women” ???? that floored me… AND just what.. is Carly ?!?! aside from being an audience boor…

oh my god.. I cringe at most any thing Carly and Sonny.. since i’m at it…Sonny and Mike. needs to end

I do not care one iota the press lauding and heralding Maurice Benard… whilst Max Gail has done ALL the work. all of it. this truly ended with Mike being at the elderly facility.. with him meeting ANOTHER WOMAN like stella didn’t exist. when Sonny an Carly enter the scene and have to explain who they are… LOL is the joke on us, again…? Yes, WE KNOW… but Mike simply laments… “Oh, I forgot” huh? it’s GH fault , stretching out this story, it’s the death knell truly… as I barf at watching Sonny , the long lost son… smile beam recall the relationship they never had… gad ! sweet enough ? i’m going to puke.
perhaps it’s best that Mike wander off and gets in a pedestrian car accident to make it quick.. that way Sonny can truly be double affected by the tragic consequences.. and MIke will be at peace.. otherwise with el stupido Shelly and Chris at the helm… dragging this out.. to look like a caricature… of; Sonny and Carly.. aren’t they always . it’s demeaning to the audience and Max Gail. put us out of our misery… LESS IS MORE when it comes to Sonny and Carly.. truly the disappointments here

Patrick
Patrick

forgot to add : yeah, without doubt

“…Days may well have been gone if it hadn’t brought Ron Carlivati in ”

WOW bottom dwellers get to see sunlight.. at the end of the tunnel !!!! @DAYS , 2019 prediction.. will be the best of the best… and i’ll say best out of 4 … to keep it open ended

what a way to ride this out… DAYS

Salemite’ “CHEERS”

Satan
Satan

For anyone who thinks Ron Carlivati is “brilliant”, just look at what he’s doing to Jack Deveraux right now. It’s the same exact thing he did to Will Horton when he was brought back from the dead.

Not to mention the “dramatic New Years Evil party entrance” was a 666% complete clone of the Vivian/Stefan appearance from just last year, right down to the stupid hooded cape. Never mind this horrible fraud still pretending to be “Eve Donovan” (she never will be worthy of that name… there’s only one Eve and long time Days viewers know the difference)

Back from the dead stories are a well worn soap cliche. So is amnesia. Combining the two is never something that should be done more than once a decade. ReRon wasn’t being all that original when he did it to Will either, since the same thing had previously been done to John Black…. but at least Ron wasn’t copying himself that time, since that was over a decade ago.

Damien
Damien

Great year end review!
Agreed on most picks! Eileen went out as Ashley with a bang!
A cpl of obvious omissions were Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady heartbroken when he finally reunited with his true love Nicole only to have her die in an a fire and the anger he portrayed to his bro Brady. The man is megatalented
..Deena on y n r continues to shine and steal the spotlight as the matriach of the Abbott clan. Heres hoping more of her in 2019!
On a bad note best show Days although writing is better than ever can Sony or Corday drop a cpl dollars for some new sets?. The reusing of the park bench and the office is really budget!
Show in most need of set makeover!

stevie g
stevie g

Speaking of sets, what about that blue apartment with the arch architrave that is continually re-uesd. It could have been the same Salem apartment except it also doubled for Nicole’s Nashville residence. Then it was Paul and Wills new place, now Erics and it looks a lot like the apartment Eric used to live in. What new writers may not know is that Kate had the archway built for Austin when he was in a wheelchair back in the 90s. When he lived down the hall from Sammy. So having that archway in every new apartment is a dead giveaway that its that same set.

Jimh
Jimh

Most underused character-Monica on GH…most forgotten character-Mac on GH…character most underused in a story-Felicia on Gh who played a major part in the original Ryan story…most overused plot device is amnesia on Days-Will had it forever…Julie had it briefly…now Jack has it!!!…MIke’s alzheimer started out promising but he never forgets who Yvonne is doesnt ring true and falling in love with her without build leaves little to invest one’s emotions in…best use of a vet was Susan Seaforth’s Julie in her scenes with Gabi…bestnew couple is Ciara with Ben-no ties her(pun intended)…most overly used characters are Ava and Nina on GH…and Carly…give Laura a front and center story but lets throw in Carly and Ava which at times makes it feel like their story with Laura only supporting…Nina overplayed it in Charlotte’s bully story…would been better with Lulu and Valetin only with the two bonding over their daughter and developing attraction to each other that both tried to hide from the other-then maybe throw in Nina who suspects the two are having an affair and contacting Dante about his unfaithful life leaving Dante deciding on divorce which would explain why he is staying away from PC!!!

Jimh
Jimh

Most obvious pairing is Peter and Maxi…hope Maxi becomes Ryans next target but Peter is killed instead protecting her…Peter is the most needless character ever…may as well just brought back Levi

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

(Smile!)

Jimh
Jimh

Soap with only one cop-GHs Chase…why is the Commish at every crime scene…cops and and an investigator usually at crime scenes here where i live

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Speaking of police commissioners, I think that was one of the best recasts, ever. Can’t think of either ones names, but I am liking this new one the best.Also Margaux is an improvement over the last one, even being the biggest and most annoying pain in the butt.

Pjsisk
Pjsisk

Just like Kayla is the only Doctor at University Hospital. Chief of staff, only surgeon, only OB, ER doctor etc……..

Timmm
Timmm

Ryan with out Felicia is like the reindeer without Rudolph!

robert
robert

Felicia not being involved in this story doesn’t make any sense

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

(Double smile!)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So agree re Laura. You’re right; Laura should be front and center with Ryan EVERY day, not Carly and Ava thrown in to dilute what could be a very taut, tense, and nail-biter of a story. As it stands, we’ve seen Laura in very few face-to-face scenes with Kevin since Genie was put under contract and “given” a story line. So insulting to the incredible talent of Genie, who could really dig into any scenes she were given. Kevin is her HUSBAND, for heaven’s sake! How silly that she and Jon aren’t given the lion’s share of scenes together. What are TPTB and the writers thinking? Will they NEVER learn? They lost me and many other viewers, I venture to say, when they ignominiously dropped Genie from the previous story line just as she was running for mayor. Maddening!
What a lost opportunity to build up momentum; instead, they just have run-of-the-mill schlock with the Ryan serial killer story–and oh-s0-much gratuitous violence for the sake of shock and violence.

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Only watch one program: Young and the Restless

BEST STORYLINE —

Torrey
Torrey

I agree with your pics….I would however like to throw The Bold & The Beautiful in their with one of the worst storylines. “Bill and Steffy sleeping together.” Oh and if you had a category of overplayed storyline, it should be “The Steffy/Liam/Hope love triangle.” Enough already! Can B&B please bring on a new man for Steffy so we can move past this storyline that’s been going on for far too long??

lieueitak
lieueitak

Although I think daytime was fairly mediocre this year, I agree with some of the choices you made for outstanding performances. Y&R didn’t have many well-crafted arcs this year, so it’s a real testament to the abilities of Mishael Morgan, Eileen Davidson, Beth Maitland, Camryn Grimes, Thad Luckinbill, Jason Thompson, etc. that they were able to rise above the material given to them. Your list really emphasizes the importance of daytime actors and the role they play in keeping an audience engaged even when other aspects of the production flounder. The number of daytime giants we lost this year reinforces that too, and yes, it will be sad to watch the “In-Memoriam” segment at the Emmys.

I disagree with a lot of positive choices you made for Days though. Your first sentence about Stacy Haiduk’s work is that Eileen Davidson is irreplaceable. That says it all really. When Eileen Davidson is Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks, there is no one you can compare her to. When Stacy Haiduk plays at being Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks, her choices are evaluated in relation to how much they remind one of Eileen Davidson’s work. We went from inimitable to an imitation. This is not just the worst recast of 2018 for me; this is the worst recast I can remember occurring in daytime. The sad thing is: this mistake could have been avoided completely. Days could have used the time from the storyline’s conception to its air date to come up with an alternative arc or twist on the same story (such as Kristen not being shown onscreen or someone posing as Kristen/working for her) that would maintain the integrity of ED’s characters, offer opportunities for new villains to emerge, and still create a memorable wedding for Jarlena. Choosing to recast was lazy, and the execution was unforgivably poor. This, along with Ron Carlivati’s reliance on dopplegängers, short returns that devalue the meaning of returns, and violence against women for drama, is why I cannot agree that Days or its showrunner were the best of 2018.

Patrick
Patrick

this is neither here nor their.. because one post.. vs.. even mine.. in the scheme of things… do not miss a beat

I was personally invested when I read Stacy Haiduk story in SOD ( soap opera digest ) when she was ready to drive UBER for employment. this .. after working @Y&R , in making Patty , her own… PLUS an emmy nomination… that yeah, being an actor in this profession .. well I wouldn’t make it… yet she gets a phone call from, Ron Carlivati or whomever is casting director @DAYS. and it was all guns ablaze. she performed her heart out… acted her arse off.. and spotlighted AGAIN , her talent.

Stacy is not Eileen Davidson… but floored me nevertheless, especially as Susan… AND that’s far more the harder part at her nuanced comedic delivery that it was soon easy to accept that it wasn’t Eileen. her command , as Kristen was par AND of course was not in the same vein as Eileen… who’s is ? so I give , again, hats off AND , if ED is or isn’t available… I WANT STACY Haiduk RETURN

since this is neither here nor their… I am still missing Eileen Davidson

be it Ashley / Kristen / Susan / Sister Mary / and her plethora of immeasurable work. may TPTB open up Eileen

Happy New Year to one of my favorite lady love

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Only watch one program: Young and the Restless

RE: BEST STORYLINE

For me, the “Abbott Family Drama” exceeded any dialog written over my years of watching. The visual movement from childhood to present was interesting, but the dialog had to come from one who had felt the real pain of sibling struggles. That writer should be recognized, It is the writing that made this storyline, not necessarily the visual travels.

The difficult ending, with Ashley leaving for Paris was drama, but in real life it might be between the west end and the east end of a city. It was just so real.

I can’t identify in the “The Abbott Family Picture” who everyone is. Some are so very clear, others seem only as familiar — could you identify them all?

In my years of watching there has always been, until recent years, a “stable” family or person. The anchor changes over time, but something felt stable. That anchor is more than just the same family or person, it means regardless of problems — someone carried the weight of anchor.

Paul was not an accomplished cop, but change his role and he could anchor.

Thank you all and a Happy New Year!

Patrick
Patrick

from the moment, the camera REELED in to “their” morning breakfast(s)… The Abbott Clan , portrait as a family and sibling turned

that show… had the one STRONG Foundation; ONE strong foothold; that one bond , as the daughter of, son of, John Abbott Sr. let alone the differences between Jack/Ashley/Tracy;striking a chord all their own.. AND backboning with your sibling

start your day

^^^ “…For me, the “Abbott Family Drama” exceeded any dialog written over my years of watching. The visual movement from childhood to present was interesting, but the dialog had to come from one who had felt the real pain of sibling struggles”

your post really struck a chord… which is a lifetime huh?

watching Peter Bergman
watching Eileen Davidson
watching Beth Maitland

just mesh, cohesive blend, of artistry that showcased each of their talent… WHAT SCRIPTS this trio shared

the writing really rung out the heart strings the tug AND stop … I don’t know if the show is addressing Jack absence of his sister Ashley… in the wings – Traci

Mary SFIM
Mary SFIM

The picture has present day Jack, Ashley and Dina with past John, Dina, Jack, Ashley and Tracy–used in flashback scenes of the Abbott family growing up– I don’t know the name of actors who portrayed these earlier versions of the Abbott family, but that is who they are in the above photo

Patrick
Patrick

oughta the gate : PROP PROP PROP … LEAD TO EMMY Nomination !

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LONG-RUNNING VETERAN, FEMALE @Y&R Beth Maitland, Tracy Abbott

Love and Adore this woman to pieces & bits , would move heaven and earth to keep her

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LONG-RUNNING VETERAN, MALE @DAYS Drake Hogestyn, John Black

What a man what a STUD – STILL …. right … above and beyond just what John Black is… AM having a blast watching Drake work with Ron Carlivati… watching “John” playing husband, father, AND all around keeper of Salem. watching him play out his love for Marlena.. while she was in a coma… and still making contact with his children Belle, Brady, and Paul. it’s his work with Paul that really kept me . Paul has to come back home, even if for visits… HAS TO

aria
aria

there was so many categories, I thought one for best actor chewing gum would pop up. lol, overall I realize how much I’ve grown up because I don’t get mad or crazy anymore if gh doesn’t get all the best accolades , I’m just happy with them having an impressive cast. there’s no reason. why GH can’t be better, they just need someone who knows how to package gh into a cohesive hour of tv. they also need to appreciate who they have, its wonderful that Genie is now getting the treatment of having a storyline and airtime that she deserves, wish they would extend that curtesy to Rebecca Herbts, how insulting that we now have to see another mystery unfold about sam mccalls past, yet can’t get nothing going for Liz. I know wish scenes I’ll be ff this coming year.

Patrick
Patrick

“…because I don’t get mad or crazy anymore if gh doesn’t get all the best” ^^^ had to throw that in… Loving it because you’re still posting… need it

“thanking you” for the appreciation and mention of : Rebecca herbst, as Liz Webber

IF she never marries Franco.. would be fine by me

you’d think they were his kids.. as Liz waits in the wings

All the propping Liz does @the hosp… excuses and constant mention of Franco

she’s propped , just as much as Finola Hughes, just as much as Jane Elliott. etc

which is a valid point… no one in the dullard lot that’s not being supported.. ??? is left for dead on arrival

Carly / Sonny / Sam / Jason / Michael / Finn / Peter / Franco

at least with Finn, Franco, Peter… we get Anna, Liz, and Maxie inasmuch as we “hate” it ?

think Carly and Sonny by themselves… had it not been for the likes of Nelle and Max Gail’ Mike.. they would not be

they, along with Sam and Jason, are boring characters, double snore on Michael.

just saying people… whatever the mindset of Frank Valentini… my New years eve wish… FIRE HIM

their is a relevant(whole other cast) heart tug and LEAPS abound

swoon

okey dokey for me it’s Jason Patrick Stuart’ Valentin… LOVED how it was written that Nina is determined to stick around while “HER” daughter, dang it that step-mother daughter duo just stir melt AND yeah, they can have their ice cream..w/Valentin

Timmm
Timmm

I BEG to differ:

Best overall OVERreacting actress: Maura West!

Jason Thompson as best actor? Really? Peter Bergman should have run away with it!

Beth Maitland is solid as a rock!

Max Gail wins everything! He is so good!

Boy was Jon Lindstrom handcuffed all these years or what. Go Ryan go!

Camryn Grimes is one of the FEW bright spots on a horrible soap right now!

Chloe Lanier is going places, for sure!

Garren Stitt – Oscar Nero – General Hospital: Remember when Oscar was trapped in a cooler and almost froze to death? That was his ONLY good performance!

Greg Rikaart – Leo Stark – Days of our Lives: Y&R should be ashamed of themselves!

MOST BOTCHED TRIANGLE: Jason, Sam, Drew – General Hospital. It was more like a circle and it made us viewers dizzy!

GH did a good job with Nathan’s funeral.

The BLOOD Abbott clause story was horrendous!

Anna had a child with Faison – General Hospital: Terrible idea, terrible casting!

MOST UNDER-UTILIZED CHARACTER: Alexis Davis- General Hospital. I was glad she was off camera. It gave her time to fight whatever fight she choose for whatever day of the week! I am sick of her GRAHNstanding! Separate the two Nancy! I watch soaps to escape!

robert
robert

good point about Greg Rikaart. Y&R absolutely wasted him

Sharon Sims
Sharon Sims

I think SB return was good and dramatic when dropped through the ceiling and rescued Sam

Gave me chills

Timmm
Timmm

Especially how cheap these sets are on soaps now.

Shay
Shay

MAJOR kudos to you on that last one, Timmm!!!! Couldn’t have said it better myself…enough of this obnoxious, condescending character and her gobby ways! I swear all she has is mouthing off on her pet “issues” when there is no one to warm her bed…and I suppose that singularly-blessed aspect to her storyline can’t go on much longer, as her rabid fanbase is still demanding a sex-laced reunion with Julian. God help us when that happens….it will be a totally tasteless smutfest!

Kevin C
Kevin C

Michael, I always enjoy reading your material…I agree with you 100%, most disappointing return is Jaime Lyn Bauer and Janice Lynde, what a waste of their time to do the 2 scenes that probably wasn’t 5 min’s of their time on screen…What a waste of their time and with the commute to the studios and gas money, lol…I also agree regarding Michael Mealor being the best recast, Michael is wonderful as Kyle…

Laurie F
Laurie F

As someone who has returned to Days and Y&R after 20+ year absences, I’ve been pleased to see many of my old favourites still on screen. I would add the reaction to the departure of Stephen Nichols from Days as another social media firestorm. I’m glad that I tuned in prior to Nichols’ departure to see a bit of Steve and Kayla magic! As for new actors, I’ve really enjoyed Michael Mealor as Y&R’s Kyle. He seems to really be coming into form and his scenes, especially with Sasha Calle’s Lola are a delight to watch.

Days viewer
Days viewer

I only watch Days so I cannot comment on the rest of the choices. I agreed with pretty much everything else other than the praising of Will and Sonny and Marci Miller.

I once upon a time liked WilSon together but, for whatever reason, the chemistry that once was no longer exists. Nor did those two get much written for in 2018 (in general Will has been surprisingly backburnered considering Ron’s team decided and wanted to bring the character back to the show). In no way did WilSon deserve a ‘best couple’ mention. I would’ve replaced WilSon with Jarlena. Simply because Ron’s team really gets those two characters, probably more so than any other regime in the 2000’s has (thank you Sheri Anderson).

What comes to Marci, she just wasn’t able to pull off the DID story IMO. Her portrayal of Abby was the weakest link. She always came off as really harsh as Abby. A lot of her scenes in 2018 would’ve required also vulnerability from her (while still being mad at various people) but she couldn’t bring the subtext to life, which made the whole story extremely unwatchable to me. As soon as Kate Mansi stepped back into the role, I immediately got invested. She’s so much better at emoting and bringing in the vulnerability / reacting to the subtext.

Kelly
Kelly

Love your writing Michael!! Bang on with your pics! Being that Days is my fav soap (and I know it’s yours too) I’m so glad that you included so many of their great story lines and characters in your choices.
Thanks for your never ending, great input of the soaps!’ They are so under rated, but some of the best story lines and actors are on soaps! Bravo!’

Chloe
Chloe

I agree with everything you said about Days except the Kristen recast. First of all, trying to replace Eileen is a mistake. Secondly, FauxKristen & FauxSusan grated on my nerves badly, especially the former. I found her smarmy & annoying.

Dianne
Dianne

Please don’t forget the Rosado family on Young and the restless being shoved down our throat for the last six months. All I do now is fast forward every scene there on.

robert
robert

The Rosales clan are the most overexposed characters of the year

Patrick
Patrick

MOST BOTCHED TRIANGLE Jason, Sam, Drew – General Hospital I”m saying it again… WHEW thank the soap god… Billy Miller has been salvaged from this debacle.. of biblical (worst scripts) proportion… the overload overzealous overdrive… O – V – E – R it’s an in your face – SLAP – some SENSE in to Shelly AND Chris.. or do they have a choice to build on the worst show. may as well say it.. the stranglehold.. Frank Valentini MUST be ? it’s just strange now… ODD that a show of this caliber REELS… what ? NOTHING OF NOTE of all the other characters that languish… would any and all of the stories GIVEN laid at their feet… as they; are “just their to do their job to interpret the scripts” barf … gag … load of crapola . okay “folks” calling all dullard to the set. WHAT is working : 1. without doubt… Jon Lindstrom as Kevin/Ryan.. and it is due to the darkness that is being played out. he’s a standalone act… I So want to give this story legs… AND I KNOW Felicia the actress… is capable.. I KNOW IT. along with my Big Mac. it’s like a direct hit to the veins pumping this character with life… WOW – isn’t it always a surprise when a character is given material… outside of the obvious dullard ? @Shelly and Chris use this as fodder and material to give Kevin a new lease on life… if this is how good RYan is… what can Kevin do? does he have to be saddled with Laura ? at least this is giving the canvas some life… oh god… Kevin/Mac/Felicia… heart sing 2. Valentin/Nina/Charlotte – you better believe it… when all the bells and whistles went off for the dullard PLUS Jason / Franco / Peter / Finn… steady she goes… blows… forward this trio of lovely trio of stir trio of complete. has been the one family I have relied on. it’d be that much more .. to give Nina a more complete well rounded backbone personality.. who takes no prisoners… takes no one well .. I certainly would fall under that spell… can’t help it… w/Valentin… Passion … okey dokey you feel him. he’s the best their is @General Hospital. full circle 3. Valerie and Kristina . OKAY – YES !!!! just a heart tug belly loaded laugh in celebratory mode…. Valerie is always interesting. YOU KNOW IT GH… you can see it. feel it… this duo along with Brad and Lucas. ON 4. I’ve got to love , because these actors are so damned good. William DeVry, Tamara Braun, Billy Miller.. WITH Oscar. top tiered bang up job 5. so many singular acts who should reel : scotty bobbie Liz Kevin Monica Mac Felicia Chase Willow Stella Olivia Ned Epiphany Leisl Diane @General Hospital / ABC / Disney : open your mindset – less is more.. FIRE Frank Valentini… FIRE Shelly and Chris. for the show … last 3… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

IF – you want and NEED to flesh our more character interaction

Valerie WITH Aunt Bobbi… AND to further this.. why not give Laura a part in this… Pat is afterall… Tony sister. which means Valerie, like Bobbie AUNTS. just saying @GH … this may be that much more appealing to watch from your desired 18-49 demographic. Women would be interested in watching this grow.. as it could very well happen to any of the women in this demographic.

Steve
Steve

I would almost suggest Jon Lindstrom submit in the LEAD actor category this year. Yes, he is recurring, but has driven more story this year than Burton. He captivates in every scene.

Not sure if Max Gail qualifies in the guest performance category or as supporting. As Mike is not a new character and he’s appeared in a significant amount of episodes, it looks like he and JL will fight it out in Supporting.

Patrick
Patrick

GREAT POST – @this years emmy

wouldn’t this be thee drop the mike; drop the house Partay
should Jon Lindstrom take LEAD ACTING GOLD. he’s been that good honest to goodness…HELLO Shelly and Chris

i’m fairly certain that Max Gail’ who is another drop… just celebratory stand up thunderous applause. who doesn’t love him. any way… depending on what category, JL submits

I’m fairly certain he’d be in the same category as @GH Stella Vernee Watson . “She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series for the role in 2018” so here’s hoping Max Gail for the WIN. in the special guest performer .

can you imagine this ? @GH, Jon Lindstrom AND Max Gail… reminds me of @DAYS emmy 2018 winners James Reynolds AND Greg Vaughan… @DAYS leading men… I could , easily, I think, let this go… because @GH actors deserve something outside of the crap scripts

Michele Wolfe
Michele Wolfe

I only watch Days of Our Lives & I totally agree with you on every point!

blake
blake

Very great and very fair decisions on this list! So glad to see Days get Best Soap and Ron C. getting Best Soapmaker of 2018, well deserved!

Momo
Momo

I agree with so many of your awards. Greg is delicious as Leo, Judi Evans is fantastic as Bonnie and Adrienne. Days is fabulous.

Michele
Michele

As someone who has lived with Alzheimer’s with my mother, I think Y and R did a much better job of showing the affects not only on the person with Alzheimer’s but the family. How hard it is when they don’t remember you. Do you go along with what they believe is happening? One day I was attempting to take my mom out of the facility for ice cream but we couldn’t find her coat. She told me she had sent it out to be cleaned. 20 minutes later the nurse and I found it hanging in the shower, thankfully the shower wasn’t on. It’s tough on everyone and I thing Y and R did a great job of showing it with the Abbott family and Dina. It is rarely mentioned however.

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