Connect with us

Breaking News

134

Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2022

Photos: Peacock and ABC

In a year that saw Days of our Lives leave network television after almost 57 seasons and move exclusively to Peacock as its new streaming home, that left only three daytime dramas on the air.  The times are definitely a-changing.

Now, as 2022 comes to a close, Michael Fairman TV takes a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, we want 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 is a feat in and of itself.  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 “Worsts”.

One note: 2022, in our opinion, was not a banner year for the soaps.  At times, it featured lackluster and lazy storytelling among all four long-running series, and because of that, our annual kudo fest will not be naming a ‘Best Soap of the Year’ accolade.

While we know many of you have your own views and picks, and you may disagree or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  Most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

Finally, we want to wish our enduring community at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a very Happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion for the genre itself, which makes this such a unique form of entertainment with a special connection between the audience, the performers, and the storylines themselves.

So, here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2022 out!

Photo: JPI

MOST SHOCKING SOAP

The Bold and the Beautiful

Throughout the year, B&B shocked viewers with some major plot points and reveals that either left us with our jaws dropping, or scratching our heads.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

Laughter, thrills, and wacky or whacked-out surprises, DAYS continues to be the most entertaining soap with its ‘go for it’ motto, and over-the-top stories.  It would be nice to see it counter-balanced with a bit more emotional heart in 2023.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

It was hard-pressed for us to find one or two storylines through the year that made us care to tune-in every day.  The show is about to have its golden anniversary in 2023, and we hope that exciting stories and writing to the strengths of its all-star cast are in its future.

Photo: ABC

SOAP IN NEED OF MORE BALANCE

General Hospital

When GH is good, it is the absolute best drama on daytime television, bar none.  The cast is sensational, the emotional fallouts offer Emmy-winning material for the show, and some of the stories have legs that involve many characters on the canvas.  On the flip side, there are often too many stories going on at once, often utilizing characters we don’t care as much about and that often lead to nowhere.  With a few tweaks, GH will have a Happy 60th anniversary run in 2023.

Photo: JPI

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2

This was a perfect five-episode arc told with nods to history, clever writing, and the appearances of Kristian Alfonso, Peter Reckell, Steve Burton and Miranda Wilson, to boot.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Maura West – Ava Jerome – General Hospital

Any year that Maura West is involved in a front-burner storyline is always a smart move.  During 2022, Ava was put through the emotional wringer and fought back as only she can do. West’s scenes of: learning her husband Nikolas slept with mortal enemy Esme Prince, then her confrontation with the nasty girl, and the fallout from that, continued to show us why West is in a league of her own.

Courtesy/CBS

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Melissa Claire Egan – Chelsea’s Depression – The Young and the Restless

This story hit so close to home for so many, and it was played to perfection by Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan.  It made sense why Chelsea would lose all hope, and not be able to find a way to go on another day after all of her past transgressions and failures, and her complex relationship with her sons: Johnny and Connor.  When Chelsea took to the rooftop to consider ending her life and then its aftermath, one could make the case that it will be Egan taking home Emmy gold in 2023.

Courtesy/NBC

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED RUN

Alison Sweeney – Sami Brady – Days of our Lives

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati has continually found the sweet spot at how to write Sami and give Alison Sweeney material to sink her teeth into every time she makes a return to her soap opera home.  In 2022, after her wedding to Lucas blows up, and truths are revealed, Sami eventually finds her sister, Belle in EJ’s bed.  This time, when Sami leaves Salem she stands up for herself with limited histrionics, and says to EJ, “I have been ping-ponging back and forth between you and Lucas for the better part of two decades, and I’m sick of it. You’re not worth the powder it would take to blow you up.  I would like to point out that we’d be together right now if you hadn’t believed his lies. So, thank God it happened the way it did, so I could learn my lesson. Because I can’t even count the different ways you have found to break my heart. So, I’m done. Good luck with Belle, or whoever comes after her. I hope you make each other miserable. I’ve had it. With you. With this place. With all of it!” And with that, Sami walks out and leaves Salem once again. BRAVO to Sweeney!

Courtesy/CBS

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

2022 also gave us some heartbreaking performances from several actresses in a single performance within an episode or a short arc.  Here are some that standout among the rest:

Mishael Morgan – Amanda finds Devon making out with Abby – The Young and the Restless

The Daytime Emmy Lead Actress winner in 2022, came back to Y&R to wrap up her storyline and she did it with gut-wrenching emotion and heartache as only Mishael Morgan can.

Sal Stowers – Lani leaves Salem – Days of our Lives

Sometimes we save the best for last, and in Sal Stowers’ case, she delivered in spades in her final episode as Lani says farewell to her family before serving out her prison term.

Sharon Case – Sharon learns Rey is dead – The Young and the Restless

When Sharon’s intuition tells her Rey is dead, and she learns the fateful news from Nick, it provided Case with a canvas to display Sharon’s devastation.  Problem was Case had nothing else to do on-screen for the remainder of the year.

Finola Hughes – Anna watches Peter die – General Hospital

Anna blamed herself for Peter’s existence in the first place, but how fitting was it, when the guy’s time on this earth ran out, that super spy Devane did not call for the paramedics, but made sure his evil reign had ended.  In the capable hands of Finola Hughes, the scene was riveting.

Marci Miller –  Chad says goodbye to Abigail at her gravesite – Days of our Lives

When Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, it gave Chabby fans the fitting goodbye to a storied DAYS couple.  Miller’s understated performances as Abigail was the perfect counterpoint to Billy Flynn’s grief-stricken husband.

Photo: ABC

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This marks two years in a row for Kelly taking our top honors for Supporting Actress.  In 2022, the story got even more heartbreaking as Britt’s battle with Huntington’s Disease progressed and as the end of the year brings her exit from the show, it reminds us of the power of this actress. Kelly can do it all: play tough, despair, dedication, humor, darkness, imperfection and most of all humanness.  Thiebaud made GH a better show every time she graced the screen.

Honorable Mentions:

Emily O’Brien – Gwen Rizczech – Days of our Lives

Amanda Setton – Brook Lynn Quartermaine – General Hospital

Photo: JPI

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Billy Flynn – Chad DiMera – Days of our Lives

Was there anything more poignant than Chad avenging Abigail’s death then confronting her murderer (Clyde), then reuniting with his beloved wife at her gravesite? Flynn was so masterful in these scenes and throughout the entire journey of the grief-stricken husband trying to identify his wife’s killer. Billy’s portrayal by all accounts should earn him some Emmy love come 2023.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

What’s so good about Nick Chavez’s work is that it’s never over-the-top, in fact, many times it’s underplayed.  However, when Spencer explodes and lets his emotions out, it is pure soap opera gold.  Look no further then when Spencer finds out his own father was sleeping with his supposed girlfriend. Let’s not forget when Spencer risked it all to save Trina’s life in the courtroom and wound up going to prison for it … or how he just can’t get out of his own way and admit how he feels and who he loves.  Chavez is a real find for GH.  Now the trick is …. how long can they keep this guy when the sky is the limit for his burgeoning acting career?

Honorable Mentions:

Greg Rikaart – Leo Stark – Days of our Lives

Matthew Atkinson – Thomas Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Dan Feurriegel – EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Photo: CBS

BEST SINGLE PEFORMANCE  BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Jason Thompson – Billy saves Chelsea’s life – The Young and the Restless

Y&R utilized one of their finest actors in a story of depression and a suicide attempt, by having Billy be the one to come upon Chelsea about to end her life. What followed were scenes of a man unsure and helpless, trying to do the right thing.  Thompson’s portrayal was honest and raw, and for anyone who has been on either side of a suicide attempt, it showed viewers how a split-second decision just may save the life of someone you love or care about it.

Honorable Mentions:

Maurice Benard – Sonny has a manic episode in front of Nina – General Hospital

At the beginning of the year, as Sonny is integrating himself back into Port Charles, he goes off his bipolar meds and it’s Nina who witnesses his emotional and erratic behavior.  Eventually the two just sit quietly, while he rests his head on her shoulder.  Realizing he needs help, Sonny is vulnerable. This reminds us that when given the material, Benard is as fine an actor as they come.

Tanner Novlan – Sheila has Finn kidnapped – The Bold and the Beautiful

In one of the shocking twists of the year, Finn is revealed to be alive, and being taken care of secretly by his adoptive mother, Li.  Only when Sheila gets wind of his whereabouts, it becomes the movie “Misery’ with Sheila kinda, sorta, torturing her bio-son, so he won’t leave captivity. Meanwhile, Finn is trying to get the hell away from her, so he can reunite with his wife, Steffy, who believes he’s dead.  Novlan showed up for this and proved he’s not just another good-looking soap opera hottie, but can act, too.

Photo: CBS

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LONG-RUNNING VETERAN

Kathrine Kelly Lang – Brooke Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

B&B put Brooke through the wringer in 2022! The 35-year veteran of the series, had two, count em’ two, storylines where she was blamed for something she didn’t do!   From her New Year’s Eve booze fest with Deacon …  to that voice-changing app CPS call, Brooke spent the entire year in tears, wondering how all of this could happen to her?  Let’s recall A) Sheila switched champagne bottles, so Brooke thought she was drinking non-alcoholic champagne when she was actually drinking real champagne and kissed Deacon. Brooke is an alcoholic to boot.  B) Thomas pretends to be Brooke calling CPS on him, so Ridge thinks she turned his son in, thus he leaves her for Taylor. Lang brings it every single time, and it would be nice for her to get an Emmy nomination in 2023, but sometimes the stories she is saddled with just go on for too long and are too ridiculous. FREE BROOKE! Hopefully 2023 will give the character a chance to find her center without any machinations, and not in need a man, especially Ridge!

Photo: ABC

BIGGEST DOOFUSES

Soap writers really stunk up some of these key characters on your favorite soaps.

Nikolas Cassadine, General Hospital

Number one has to be Nikolas Cassadine, he became the ultimate doofus.  Sleeping with his son’s girlfriend? Lying about an affair with Elizabeth? Keeping Esme locked up at Wyndemere? This guy used to be so smart and savvy, and this character has hit rock bottom.

Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless

You have the great Peter Bergman and you make Jack Abbott a doofus too? Is he that stupid that he would just fall back in love with questionable Diane Jenkins? The audience at home feels like Ashley does! Every time she sees her brother ogling over Diane or defending her, she gets a bad taste in her mouth combined with a look of disdain.

Ridge Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful

We have no sympathy or empathy for Ridge Forrester.  He can’t even tell Brooke why he is so upset that he is leaving her, and he runs back to Taylor and then that blows up.  This character needs a serious makeover, or better yet, some deep therapy.

Courtesy/CBS

BEST CHILD ACTOR

Henry Joseph Samiri – Douglas Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

All hail Douglas! Henry Joseph Samiri is a real find for B&B.  He was great at the beginning of the year when Grandma ‘Drunk’ Brooke was kissing Santa Deacon and later, even better when he told the truth about his father and his voice-changing app antics to destroy Grandma Brooke’s marriage to Ridge.  Kudos.

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

Cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2

This was pure fun watching how the stories were interwoven with emotion, humor, and high-stakes adventures. It featured returning and beloved favorites, new cast members, and more.  Everyone brought their A-game.

Photo: Gilles Toucas

BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Kimberlin Brown – Sheila Carter – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sheila had an unbelievable year in story, shooting her son and his wife, somehow surviving it all, donning a wig and prosthetics, seducing Deacon to let her stay with him, cutting off her toe, her fights with Li, her apparent alliance with Bill, and so much more.  Yes, B&B has let Sheila get away with EVERYTHING, but Brown is so good in the role that you have to give her props for making Sheila just so pathological that we kind of can’t wait to see how she will get out of spending her life behind bars, time after time.

Honorable Mention:

Avery Pohl – Esme Prince – General Hospital

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

William Christian – TR Coates – Days of our Lives

TR was a murderous bad man with a nasty drug habit too! Wasn’t it nice seeing former All My Children good guy William Christian (ex-Derek Frye) playing the dark and evil TR?

Courtesy/ABC

BEST SCENE-STEALER FEMALE and BEST RECAST

Alley Mills – Heather Webber – General Hospital

Alley Mills was a surprise recast for crazy town Heather Webber when Robin Mattson was unavailable to resume her signature GH role.  Mills has infused Heather with new vigor and made us count the minutes till she returns on our screen again to cause more trouble. Mills had gone from crazy Pam and her lemon bars on B&B to ultimate ‘cray-cray’ as Heather on GH.

BEST SCENE-STEALER MALE

Greg Rikaart – Leo Stark – Days of our Lives

To say that Days is loving Leo and Greg Rikaart is relishing playing the role is an understatement.  This is a perfect match of quick-witted writing and the right actor to take what’s on the page and make it even more delicious.  Rikaart is so fantastic in the part that Leo has become the gift that keeps on giving in Salem!

Photo: JPI

BEST TEARJERKER

Hope is reunited with Bo and Zack in Heaven – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Hope briefly goes to heaven and is reunited with her beloved Bo Brady, and then later, her son, Zack.  It was beautifully played by Kristian Alfonso, Peter Reckell and Scott Shilstone.

Photo: ABC

BEST GUEST STAR TURN

Linda Purl – Peyton Honeycutt – General Hospital

The best part of the long-winded ‘Jacksonville layover’ was Carly’s old nemesis Peyton being part of the story which gave TV and motion picture star, Linda Purl, a nice role to sink her teeth into, while Peyton got her claws into Carly for a bit.

Courtesy/ABC

BEST SCENE

(TIE)

Holly and Robert say goodbye – General Hospital

It was nice to finally have Emma Samms back for a limited run as Holly Sutton.  Her return worked the best when she appeared in scenes opposite Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio).  When it was time for Holly to go on the run and wrap-up the story, Robert and Holly shared a kiss, he got the ‘ice princess’ diamond necklace back from her, and GH fans had the chance to walk down memory lane for a bit. Well-played.

Brook Lynn gives Bailey Louise back to Maxie – General Hospital

When Peter was finally dead and Maxie could raise her child in safety, it was time for Brook Lynn to give her back to her birth mother.  In a gut-wrenching scene, Brook Lynn hands the little girl back to Maxie.  Beautiful work from Amanda Setton and Kirsten Storms.

WORST SCENE

Taylor being chased by Ridge in Aspen – The Bold and the Beautiful

When Taylor was running away from Ridge in the mountains of Aspen, was she truly running or hoping he would catch up with her?  He eventually does, romance ensues, and it kind of fell flat.

Photo: JPI

WORST MURDER MYSTERY

Abigail’s murder mystery – Days of our Lives

This was such a huge disappointment that after all the suspects and months of false leads, that Abby’s murderer turned out to be Clyde Weston.  The rationale for Clyde being the killer was the part of the story that was the flimsiest of all.

BEST THROWBACK

DAYS marks its 57th anniversary revisiting the Julie shoplifting plot from its first episode

This was a very clever move – utilizing scenes from the pilot episode of DAYS in 1965 with the original Julie – then 57 years later having Shawn arresting adult Julie for shoplifting.

Photo: CBS

BEST RETURN

Susan Walters – Diane Jenkins – The Young and the Restless

While the story has been dragging, it was great to see Susan Walters back as troublemaking Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless, when the show decided to bring the character ‘back from the dead’.

WORST EXIT

Rena Sofer as Quinn – The Bold and the Beautiful

After all the build-up to Quinn and Carter finally being together, we get the news that Rena Sofer has made the decision to leave the series.  Instead of crafting a proper exit story, or even ONE scene with her in it, viewers find out she has vanished and her bestie Shauna arrives revealing that Quinn has left Carter.  We understand contracts necessitate quick changes in soaps, but was there a better way to have handled this departure? Maybe even a Facetime video from Quinn explaining herself to Carter? Just sayin’.

Photo: ABC

BEST COUPLE-IN-THE-MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Star-crossed Spencer and Trina on General Hospital are everything.  In this case, GH wrote the story building and building the tension, and have left the viewers waiting, hoping and wanting the two to finally have their romance, or how about even a big smooch???  Stay tuned in 2023.

BEST COUPLE

Anna and Valentin – General Hospital

They’re sexy, sophisticated, and now we just need to see them in a real high stake’s drama where against all odds they reunite. “Vanna” had captured GH viewers imaginations with their portrayal of mature love played by the always excellent Finola Hughes and James Patrick Stuart.

Courtesy/ABC

WORST COUPLE

Austin and Maxie – General Hospital

This doesn’t work on so many levels.  Get Maxie back with Spinelli and find an actress (to bad Kelly Thiebaud left the show) that can hold her own with Roger Howarth, and make us care.

Honorable Mentions:

Ashland and Victoria – The Young and the Restless

They hogged so much airtime and we did not care. It was the ‘Ashland and Victoria Show’ for so many months and are heads were spinning.

Photo: JPI

Nancy and Clyde – Days of our Lives

This was embarrassing to the character of Nancy to not only have her duped by her longtime husband Craig, who has been apparently suppressing his sexuality to be with men all these years, but then the fallout finds her keeping time with murdering Clyde? Ugh.

MOST TORTURED CHARACTER

Sasha Gilmore – General Hospital

Losing your baby, battling addiction, losing your husband, battling addiction, it’s not been a good year for poor Sasha on GH.  Can the woman have two days without a calamity in her life? Kudos to Sofia Mattsson for illustrating Sasha’s inner pain, but c’mon now! Sasha needs a ray of light in her life at this point, or at least an all-expenses paid trip around the world!

CHARACTER IN NEED OF BETTER WRITING

Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt – General Hospital

It appears that GH cannot quite figure out what they want to do with Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt and in doing so have beloved fan favorite Roger Howarth languishing in the role.  Is Austin a good guy? A really bad guy? The story with ‘cousin’ Mason has been convoluted and we hope that in 2023 we can get some clear direction for this character.

BEST NEWCOMER

Tabyana Ali – General Hospital

Filling the shoes of Sydney Mikayla was no easy task, but Tabyana Ali has brought her own style to Trina and we have all fallen in love with her for it.  From her emotional courtroom drama, to her longing for Spencer, to the death of her boyfriend Rory and everything in between, Tabyana is a star on the rise.

Photo: NBC

BEST TRIANGLE

Allie/Chanel/Johnny – Days of our Lives

Talk about breaking old soap tropes and doing it well! Days of our Lives, didn’t do the traditional here.  You had a young woman (Chanel) in love with not two brothers, but siblings … Allie and Johnny.  In this sexually fluid storyline, it was a breath of fresh air to give new meaning to the word ‘triangle’ on a soap opera.

WORST TRIANGLE

Brooke/Ridge/Taylor – The Bold and the Beautiful

Seeing all three characters ping-ponging back and forth provided pure frustration for longtime viewers of The Bold and the Beautiful.  While it was an inspired casting choice to bring Krista Allen to BOLD as the new Taylor, we then were treated to months of whether or not Taylor would win Ridge back.  However, nothing is ever clean and on the up and up.  With so much chicanery from Taylor’s children, and Ridge being an absolute jerk of a man, this whole triangle found us praying it would stop.  Hopefully it has, for now, since Brooke and Taylor are now besties and have ousted Ridge from their lives.

Photo: JPI

BEST ‘GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU’ ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Trevor St. John – Tucker McCall –The Young and the Restless

We love TSJ and Y&R had the ‘get’ of the year bringing the former beloved bad boy from One Life to Live to the CBS daytime as a recast Tucker McCall.  St. John is such a fine actor that his scenes seem effortless, and we think viewers should give him a chance and let him run with the character in 2023 without any pre-conceived notions of how the part looked or was played-previously.

CHARACTERS WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy and Thomas Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

There were weeks where we wish Brooke Logan Forrester could have slapped Steffy and Thomas to Timbuktu! How many manipulative and nasty conversations could these siblings have about how they will do anything to get their parents, Taylor and Ridge back together?  We thought Steffy was a heroine, so this made her antics all the more confusing! Thank God, in the end, she blew the whistle off Taylor and Ridge’s sham of a wedding ceremony, by eventually revealing Thomas called CPS on himself, not Brooke.

BEST STANDALONE EPISODE

General Hospital 15,000th episode

While there were not as many standalone episodes in soaps this year, GH brought us there 15,000-episode milestone which centered around Laura Collins and featured the entire cast.  With the use of vets, and the amazing Genie Francis, it’s always special to harken back to this show’s deep history.

Courtesy/NBC

WORST RELATIONSHIP

Leo Stark and Craig Wesley – Days of our Lives

While we give DAYS kudos for delving into a story of a middle-aged man coming out and finding love in a same-sex relationship, because of the often-comedic hijinks, it was at times hard to root for Craig and Leo at all, and especially since Leo was revealed to be duplicitous from the start.

Photo: JPI

BEST STORYLINE

Finn is Alive – The Bold and the Beautiful

This story worked on many levels.  First, it was a shocker!  Sheila actually shot her own son and then shot his wife.  Then, after everyone believes Finn died, coupled with his adoptive mom Li’s curious behavior, months down the line it’s revealed that Finn is actually alive.  From there, the story got even juicier as Sheila tries to keep her biological son locked up while recovering from his injuries, so he couldn’t get away and reunite with his wife, Steffy.  Eventually, Steffy and Finn are reunited in Monte Carlo, and the story came full-circle.

Courtesy/ABC

WORST STORYLINE

Elizabeth Webber’s Mental Anguish and Past – General Hospital

This story was so convoluted when it should have been a showcase for Rebecca Herbst. First, we get Liz in a ‘fugue-state” …. later we get her having some flashbacks atop a stairwell … still later, we see a woman was pushed down the stairs.  As the story evolved, it brought in Liz’s parents, Jeff and Carolyn Webber.  Liz visits her childhood home after decades only to learn that Jeff had an affair with Finn’s wife, Reiko while working at Doctors Without Borders. It’s revealed, Liz found out about it and had a tussle with Reiko who falls down the stairs, then dies later in the hospital.  This whole thing seemed to be more about causing a rift between Finn and Liz, then Liz’s past.  It was also troubling that Carolyn used hypnosis tactics on her own daughter to make her block out the whole event.

RUNNERS-UP:

Billy’s Podcast – The Young and the Restless

This just doesn’t work on a daytime soap opera, or at least the way Y&R went about it.  You have the phenomenal Jason Thompson saddled with a story where he talks into a microphone. The show tried several times to rev up the story especially when Billy went under an alias to expose the underbelly of Genoa City, and that still fell flat. Give Thompson something better than this, please.

Photo: CBS

The Fall of Ashland Locke – The Young and the Restless

As we previously noted, there was just so much airtime devoted to Victoria and Ashland’s game of corporate and relationship cat and mouse that who could care by the end of it? It was like Ashland Locke’s character took over the show for months.  Mind you, it was nice to see Robert Newman again, after Richard Burgi’s departure, but this story was so monotonous.  The kicker was Nick ‘killing’ the guy and we never hear about this again.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST 

Sheila and Bill Form an Alliance – The Bold and the Beautiful

From spoilers for 2023 this might be a ruse, but if you go off of what aired in the final week of 2022, Dollar Bill’s turn to the dark side has him defending Sheila Carter, and threatening to blow the whistle on Taylor for shooting him years ago, if Steffy and Finn press charges and try to get Sheila put behind bars.  OKURR, got that? What makes this so preposterous is that previously, Bill actually helped Finn reunite with Steffy and helped Li bring down Sheila, who was keeping Finn prisoner.  Go figure.

CHARACTERS WHO NEED TO GET THEIR COMEUPPANCE

As much as we love them, enough already, right?

Sheila Carter – The Bold and the Beautiful

Kristen DiMera – Days of our Lives

Victor Cassadine – General Hospital

Courtesy/ABC

END OF THE ROAD EVERYONE WAITED FOR

Peter August’s death – General Hospital

In early February 2022, Peter August finally met his maker thanks to Felicia using a tire iron to knock him out cold!

MOST OVERUSED PROPS

Go back and count the number of times these props were mentioned in story, or in dialogue, and your head might spin.

Voice-changing app – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sheila’s toe – The Bold and the Beautiful

Orchid – Days of our Lives

Photo: CBS

WORST USE OF TRANSPORTATION TO STOP A WEDDING

Quinn on a bicycle pedaling to Carter and Paris nuptials – The Bold and the Beautiful

This looked so ridiculous. We are to believe that Quinn is going to grab a bicycle on the Venice boardwalk or wherever, and take a jaunt and arrive in time to bust-up Carter’s wedding to Paris? Well, somehow the bike got her there and she did the thing.  This is not what we would call a good use of a remote location shoot.

Photos: IMDb, IG

BIGGEST HEADLINES: TRAGIC DEATHS STRIKE THE SOAP WORLD

2022 will be remembered as the year we lost so many beloved stars and members of their families including:

Anne Heche – The Daytime Emmy-winning star of Another World died tragically following a brain injury after her car crashed into a home.

Sonya Eddy – The end of the year brought with it the shocking news of GH favorite, Sonya Eddy’s passing following a surgery that developed into complications.

Harrison Wagner – The youngest son of GH’s Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner was found dead after suffering from addiction for many years.

Jerry verDorn – The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor of Guiding Light and One Life to Live succumbed to his battle with cancer.

Helmut Huber – Susan Lucci’s longtime husband and manager passed away suddenly at the age of 84.

What did you think of our picks for the ‘Best and Worst in Soaps 2022’? Agree? Disagree? Who would be your top choices in several of our categories? Let us know in the comment section below.

Leave a comment | 134 Comments
Advertisement

134

avatar
53 Comment threads
81 Thread replies
22 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
77 Comment authors
SCPCKDevin MurphyViolet LemmSu000JP1 Recent comment authors
newest oldest
Melissa Darling
Guest
Melissa Darling

Michael! I don’t post often but I look forward to this feature every year. Thanks for your work on this site. Can’t wait to read your picks and hear others’ reactions!

CJ Maclin
Guest
CJ Maclin

Gr8 compilation!!!

Albert Guajardo
Guest
Albert Guajardo

Wow, what a list! Thanks for all the time and effort it took to compile this “Best & Worst” collection. But, you forgot one category: Best Online Soap Opera News Source 2022? Michael Fairman!

Rebecca1
Guest
Rebecca1

I’m probably not in the majority on this but I find Nicholas Alexander Chavez WAY over the top when he’s upset; it’s so theatrical I feel like I’m watching Macbeth, lol. “Spencer” just gets on my last nerve. His animosity toward Ava is absurd; the stalking because she disappointed his 10-year-old-self? The whole hatred thing made no sense. Do I think he’s a good, older, recast? Yes; he’s great-looking and he fits the role for Spencer at this time in Spencer’s life…when he’s not playing Spencer as this tragic victim shouting his angst to the world, I enjoy the actor.

Ugonna Wosu
Guest
Ugonna Wosu

I agree. He’s overrated.

Chris
Guest
Chris

Agreed!

Violet Chapman
Guest
Violet Chapman

I completely agree with you regarding the over the top performances of Chavez. He definitely has had his moments but I often find him unwatchable‍♀️

Chris
Guest
Chris

I totally agree with this. Well said.

Brenda Whitman
Guest
Brenda Whitman

I agree, watching his character interact with the character of Trinia is like watching a really bad Hallmark movie.

Freddie
Guest
Freddie

I really loved the original Trina and her chemistry with Spencer…The new Sprina just doesn’t work as well and I find their height difference somewhat awkward.

Brenda Whitman
Guest
Brenda Whitman

I did as well, the original actress that played Trinia had chemistry via spades with Chavez. With the new version, its so forced and unnatural its just uncomfortable to watch.

Gloria
Guest
Gloria

Agreed. I fast forward through their scenes.

Cali5
Guest
Cali5

I disagree. Nicholas Chavez has brought an acting A game to GH since day one. He has done an amazing job with the material given him. And they changed his leading (Trina) lady on him with no break and he handled it like a pro!

Harry
Guest
Harry

I’m with you and Michael Fairman. As I see it, Mr. Chavez is most definitely NOT over the top. I realize that judging acting prowess can be subjective but I have no idea where folks are getting this impression. Chavez is understated when the scene calls for it, and he says more with his eyes, expression and mannerisms than most actors do when shrieking their lines in order to emote. Here’s an example; Spencer is sitting on the stairs of the stable house looking down at his father who is trying to wax euphoric about how much he loves his… Read more »

Soaphound
Guest
Soaphound

As usual, I agree with all your points, Harry. Rarely can an actor (much less one in his early 20s) display so many conflicting emotions in one scene. He’s fascinating to watch, and unpredictable. I love NOT knowing what he’ll do next. Unlike Dante, Droop, Finn, Cody, Michael, and others who’ve worn out their limited talents ages ago and offer nothing fresh.

CJ Maclin
Guest
CJ Maclin

Agree!!!

Shben5619
Guest
Shben5619

I like his acting. Maybe it’s because I am over the top when I’m upset.

Owen Chenault
Guest
Owen Chenault

Don’t forget Donald May (Adam Drake of Edge of Night and Kathryn Hayes Kim Hughes of As the World Turns fame

Tim
Guest
Tim

Kathryn Hayes death really upset me since ATWT was my favorite show.

JBG
Guest
JBG

You are so correct about Y&R. Bill Bell should be rolling over in his grave as this magnificent show (through 2005 specifically) has suffered so much through poor writing choices (some of these writers have had some good moments, even the awfulness that was Lynn Marie Latham and 2007). But I have never seen such boring, limp writing like I have under Josh Griffith. Stories are started and then dropped; there is a total aversion to drama. Such talented actors are given drivel for dialogue. It is hands down the worst it has ever been. TPTB are just as much… Read more »

Joel
Guest
Joel

Amen! I just can’t believe how CBS doesn’t step in and make a change to the writing team.

JBG
Guest
JBG

Joel, They also do not need the head writer be the executive producer at the same time. Only Bill Bell could do that. I fear now that JG is the sole runner of the show that the show will only fall in creativity. I mean how many “who is the daddy” storylines does one need… it’s been done and done and done. I could care less because Sally is shoved down the viewer’s throats every day. That’s another massive problem. Character development is so poor and uneven that many of the characters just do not work (like Sally and Elena).… Read more »

Jeanine
Guest
Jeanine

I disagree. I don’t care for Elana, but I LOVE Sally! She is intelligent, a hard worker and a great character.

Patrick
Guest
Patrick

She is definitely, the new Phyllis, she knocks me out.

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

Hope you arent comparing Sally to Phyllis. There is no one like that bitch that rains hell down on everyone in her atmosphere, even family.

southern lade
Guest
southern lade

Do not care for Sally

JONNYSBRO
Guest
JONNYSBRO

I have no idea why Josh is stlll at the helm at all. I would even welcome Jill Farren Phelps back to bring back some energy. Josh needs to go now.

southern lade
Guest
southern lade

The same w/ B & B. Sad to say.

Maureen Lynch
Guest
Maureen Lynch

I only watch General Hospital and although I’m slightly behind, I agree with your assessment.

Brian B.
Guest
Brian B.

Nice report. I don’t know what’s keeping B&B on the air. The writing? – Yikes! Thank goodness “The Bay” is on Peacock now & I’m searching for other online soaps.

Tim
Guest
Tim

B & B is a half hour soap and I think that’s helping it. Glad you mentioned the Bay because it’s overlooked and there are almost 100 episodes . Lots of current and former daytime actors in the cast.

SoapFan
Guest
SoapFan

Great list! Why is the press so afraid to call out the bad writing for Finn on GH though? The fans have been than vocal about it.

vicki
Guest
vicki

Just for Finn?
how about bad writing for characters not named Sonny, Carly, Nina and Britt.
someone should also explain to Frank and writing team what ensemble means.

Freddie
Guest
Freddie

The fans definitely have that covered! Finn became so unlikeable…he has an anger issue too.

Another Soap Fan
Guest
Another Soap Fan

Yes, the writing for Finn has been poor. I like Michael Easton, he deserves better. How about bringing him into this century with a new haircut and shave, too? If the romance with Liz doesn’t pan out, bring someone else in. Also, every pairing doesn’t have to revolve around a monster. There’s enough evil on the evening news. More love in the afternoon. More Vanna!

NolaGirl
Guest
NolaGirl

Michael Easton definitely deserves better. Plus, Finn and Liz have little to no chemistry; that pairing was terrible from the start.

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

NolaGirl
Actually I preferred him as Silas Clay and I’ve never seen Liz have chemistry with any man only sex.

Yvonne
Guest
Yvonne

Michael, you nailed it. I don’t watch Days but agree with everything you wrote about the other three. Thank You and Have a Happy New Year.

Kate
Guest
Kate

Days is doing a disservice to the talent that is Billy Flynn by keeping him in this stupid story. Do what needs to be done and bring Abigail back – there are thousands of capable actresses who would be willing to commit full time to that role – and put him back where he should be front and centre. This very clearly chabby wannabe triangle is not working.

Bruce Rosepapa
Guest
Bruce Rosepapa

Agree! And, the HW is a waste of time/talent. Bring Abby back (Marci or someone else). Marci is/was the best.

NolaGirl
Guest
NolaGirl

What is the HW?

Joel
Guest
Joel

Y&R is a complete disaster. The entire writing team needs to be replaced. On B&B, Sheila makes the show!

southern lade
Guest
southern lade

here are others who need screen time than Sheila. They are stuck on stupid.

Nancy Hirsch
Guest
Nancy Hirsch

Only being a GH viewer I can agree totally on your picks. “The best doofus” is perfection. Changing characters’ personalities is not new on GH but they really gutted Nikolas. Thanks!

Ava
Guest
Ava

Does anyone else think the actor who was playing Nicholas looks way too young. Even his physicality is off. Spencer towers over him. I never understood this casting

Harry
Guest
Harry

I just think he’s a bad actor. Maura, Genie and Nicholas all have to carry his weight when in scenes with him.

NolaGirl
Guest
NolaGirl

Yes, I agree. MC as Nikolas is no match for MW’s Ava.

Kay
Guest
Kay

Congrats have a great year ! Thank you for being honest the soaps we have four left they are awful

Scott (ATWT fan)
Guest
Scott (ATWT fan)

Unlike 2021, I agree with a lot of what this list has, especially Maura West’s entry and the feelings on General Hospital! Amazing list! But, my question to you, Mr Fairman: what do YOU think American soaps need to do to better themselves in 2023, especially when I do feel like we’re regressing in story-telling.

SoapLuva
Guest
SoapLuva

Love the praising for Finola Hughes’ work. She does so much in her scenes. Also agree with Anna and Valentin being picked as Best Couple of 2022. HANDS DOWN

Vicki L
Guest
Vicki L

Vanna is amazing. Shows that sexy isn’t just about skin and constant bedtime scenes. FH and JPS have really given this couple humanity with sensuality. Flaws included.

Gina
Guest
Gina

You forgot John Aniston. Smh

richard
Guest
richard

michael great job and yes yes yes days is the most entertaining soap

richard
Guest
richard

and also michael great job on the shock of bold and the disappointment of young and restless and not only does gh need balance it is the most overrated soap on the air

Nancy mcdaniel
Guest
Nancy mcdaniel

Don’t think so. Watch B and B Y ad R. General Hospital is the best.

Bruce Rosepapa
Guest
Bruce Rosepapa

Correct the ERROR DOOL, BIG mistake to get rid of the Character Abby. Bring Marci back not matter what or recast her. Marci please come home.

Jeanine
Guest
Jeanine

I agree. I’m not a big Abby fan, but she should not have been killed off. Really bad decision!

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

Jeanine
More importantly was the way they killed her off, could it have been any more gorey?

SCPCK
Guest
SCPCK

agree fully!

Rhea_Lindy
Guest
Rhea_Lindy

Most Boring Story = Jacksonville Carly: Eat, Pray, Love. What a waste of time and money they spent to push this failed romance with Ryan Lavery. Anna and Valentin should’ve gotten the beach instead. Nobody asked for another rehashing of Carly’s childhood and the Reese retcons made it even worse. Carly doesn’t work as a crusader for the little people or in a relationship with an altar boy. And of course she went right back to scheming to keep Nina from knowing Willow is her daughter just like she did with Nelle. Kill off Austin. Bring back Todd. Carly’s last… Read more »

Leslie
Guest
Leslie

I live in Jacksonville. I tried to look past the silliness of the whole story but i just could not do it. It was so bad!

Martha Anderson
Guest
Martha Anderson

I disagree. The worst thing on General Hospital & what kept it from being good this year, was putting Sonny with Nina. No chemistry at all. When Sonny & Carley are together, they exude chemistry. There is no better actor than Laura Wright. She and Maurice Bernard have always been fabulous together. Would love to see Carley run Nina out of town.

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

Martha Anderson
Sorry, I loved Laura Wright on GL but Carly makes her so unlikable, even though she is better with Sonny. I’d also like to see Nina take a hike, it’s hard to even look at her.

mike
Guest
mike

But Linda Purl was excellent

NolaGirl
Guest
NolaGirl

Eat Pray Love is the perfect description of the Carly in Jacksonville detour!

Rhea_Lindy
Guest
Rhea_Lindy

It’s not the first time FV gave a Rebecca Herbst story to his OLTL faves. Tom Baker’s return was all about Franco trying to conquer his demons instead of Liz confronting her rapist 20 years later. Who cares about Finn’s late wife? Jeff Webber’s return after 40 years was all about making a story for Finn and Liz’s highly unpopular romance. It should’ve been all about the father and daughter reunion. Finn was painful to watch on Friday in his constant staring at Liz from across the room. Bring back Ric Lansing for Liz Webber. He would love sticking it… Read more »

Vicki L
Guest
Vicki L

Personally I am sick of poor Elizabeth getting the short end of the stick. RH was brought back after she was fired and FV has not helped her at all. If you don’t want her with Finn fine then recast Nik or bring Lucky back (resurrect Lulu too). RH deserves so much better.

Rhea_Lindy
Guest
Rhea_Lindy

I have to disagree about Y&R. It’s trying to be a soap again instead of boring filler hour. Diane and Tucker’s returns have been a plus than a minus to give the Abbotts a real story. I also liked more than disliked on Ashland pulling several fast ones on the Newmans. He was finally written like the true villain we were promised. Sally has been a good addition to the show. New faces are needed when they have a purpose. Chelsea’s downward spiral was a great story. Happy to see familiar faces like Daniel and Danny back.

Vicki L
Guest
Vicki L

How about Beth Maitland. She’s fabulous. Loved her reunion with Danny. Would love her to have a viable love interest. Also I totally agree with you as I’m sure many others do about SC. JG has his pets and Sony needs to do better on oversight now that he appears to have complete control.

Soaphound
Guest
Soaphound

Thank you, Vicki, for mentioning wonderful Beth Maitland. She needs a major story. Why not have her write a book about the history of the Newman family, fictionalized, and perhaps discover some buried secret. That’d be fun. I’d also like her to befriend Adam. Jack is the only Abbott who pays attention to him (understandably) but Traci could be a good friend to him, as she was to Cane Ashby.

James R. Poissant
Guest
James R. Poissant

Spot on about Kelly Thiebaud!!

JenW
Guest
JenW

I only watch Y&R and agree with all of your Y&R choices. My all-time favourite actor and character = Peter Bergman/Jack – but this is probably the first time he’s driven me to distraction in this Diane roller coaster – which I hope will end soon. I am a big Jack/Phyllis fan, always wanted them back together and they were so close. He couldn’t forgive Phyllis for one thing but is now on the Diane bandwagon. I’ve never thought of my Jackie as a Doofus but the time has come. I am a new fan of Trevor St. John –… Read more »

JenW
Guest
JenW

I forgot to add – the one comment about Y&R that I did not agree with was the Ashland/Victoria sl. Loved Richard Burgi and was sorry to see him go due only to an oversight on his part. Robert Newman did grow on me (although I preferred Burgi). Regardless, I don’t agree that the sl was a failure – at least in the beginning. There was such chemistry between Victoria and Ashland when Burgi came on [not quite so much with Newman.] Victoria glowed, I’ve never seen her like this in any other relationship. What failed was the way they… Read more »

Lisa Woltz
Guest
Lisa Woltz

I agree about the opinion regarding parts of Y&R. It’s the only soap I watch though. The podcasts of Billy were horrible, snooze city! The Ashland Locke story was such a disappointment because once again, Victor Newman, got away with covering up what really happened. That gets tiring. But now Chelsea and Billy are putting me to sleep and Elena and Nate together are a snoozefest. I dread the storyline coming up with Mariah and Tessa. Why does Tessa talk like a 10 year old? I love Diane and Jack together, but I’m sure the writers will ruin that too.… Read more »

Harry
Guest
Harry

Absolutely agree with both you and Mr. Fairman. Trevor St. John is a gem. I love his droll sense of humor which reveals the insanity of these characters with whom we’ve become so accustomed. He delivers his line with a deadpan sense of humor which lifts the dialogue to a whole new level. Clearly, Eileen ( Ashley) loves working with him too.

Soaphound
Guest
Soaphound

Isn’t he great, Harry? Trevor is a breath of fresh air. I smile like a fool whenever he’s on and, yes, he’s brought Eileen’s performances back to life. What a difference between him and Diane the Downer…and now Kyle has developed the same downturned mouth as a permanent facial expression. Way to turn a handsome guy into a drag, Diane!

southern lade
Guest
southern lade

Diane leading Jack down the wrong track. Don’t like them in this Fiasco. Like Phyllis much better.

Kevin
Guest
Kevin

Totally agree on the Tanner Novlan praise! The Sheila holding Finn hostage arc helped to rejuvenated the Finn character, giving him an added depth and layer and illustrated one of Tanner Novlan’s finest work. He gave a gut-wrenching raw performance accompanying with range of emotions (displaying anguish, sadness, helplessness, determination powerfully). I am really hoping he earns his first Emmy nomination this year for those compelling and masterful scenes.

southern lade
Guest
southern lade

Agree, Tanner has great potential.

Connie
Guest
Connie

wow! your picks are dead on!

John
Guest
John

Totally disagree about Tanner Novlan. When the camera is on him he’s passable but when he’s in a group scene it’s like he doesn’t know what to do. And always sucking on that bottom lip. As to his character’s return fron the dead it’s what made me end my relationship with the series

Soaphound
Guest
Soaphound

I agree, John. He was better in those Insurance commercials.

Kevin
Guest
Kevin

I complete disagree with you, and SoapHound. Tanner has chemistry in spades with his co-stars, especially, in group scenes. Whether, it is with his adoptive mother, Li, or birth mother, Sheila, and especially with his love interest, Steffy. Also, with his, in-laws, Taylor and Ridge It is palpable. Also, we can also speak endlessly, to his fantastic rapport with child actors. I think not many actors can connect with child actors, as much Tanner is able to do so, which is evident in the Sinn family reunion scenes, as well, as the Christmas episode with Finn and Kelly. They seem… Read more »

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

John
Talk about sucking on their lip, someday Jack’s will get stuck or he’ll wind up with teeth marks if he doesn’t knock it off.

NanaAngel
Guest
NanaAngel

Ok. I think I know who the hook killer is on GH. Adam, Joss’ classmate at PCU. The scenes are always her shutting down him down for trying to be nice to her. But I just read Adam (Josh Benard, Sonny’s real life son) just had an accident rock climbing. He fell and broke his back. I was right about Esme being Ryan Chamberlain’s daughter. I’m confident about who the hook killer is!

Freddie
Guest
Freddie

Wow! I think you’re right! On Friday I thought the hook killer did Not look like a female and besides Esme is locked in a tower.

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

I’m sure they just use stunt people for those shots. I don’t see them using the real Hook every time they use them in a shot or scene.

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

Sorry, can’t see this kid being the Hook. What motives does he have, if any? I think Bernard just wants his son on board.

Stephen
Guest
Stephen

I am sorry, but I think DAYS is unwatchable. The writing team careens from ridiculous plot point to the next. There is zero character development, zero beats where they really play the history unless it’s for comedic effect (or he completely re-writes a character), and he over and over shows he has no interest in actually playing out real impacts of character’s actions and/or plotting a realistic resolution of a story. Paulina and Chanel got off for murder literally because of something Belle did off-screen; no apparent impact or real consequences for their characters. Jada had an abortion and it’s… Read more »

NolaGirl
Guest
NolaGirl

I agree with so much of this post about Days, especially your point about the absence of playing out real impacts of the actions of characters and plotting resolutions. It’s absurd that the charges against Chanel and Paulina were dropped b/c of some legal maneuvering Belle did offscreen. Ari Zucker is a fine actress and she deserves better than the ridiculous, trashy way Nicole is being written. Kristen is a godawful character who needs to be written off the show. (I wouldn’t miss the actress, but it’s certainly not her fault that the writing for the character has been so… Read more »

Linda Moeller
Guest
Linda Moeller

I only watch GH and I think Kathleen Gati is pure gold. I’m not sure what category she’d be in but she’s had gut-wrenching scenes with Kelly Thiebaud as well as hilarious situations with Anna as they threw axes and destroyed TV’s and typewriters. Again, she’s just an incredible niche performer.

Gloria
Guest
Gloria

She is the best! I do miss her dark hair though.

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

Linda Moeller
Yes, definitely! She’s great and the scenes following Britt’s death were so sad and understandable.

Jennifer Bechtold
Guest
Jennifer Bechtold

100% agree! The scenes with Britt and Austin are always the best. I often wonder how much of their scenes are ad-libbed. They just seem to really have fun together.

Travel62
Guest
Travel62

Great article! I am also impressed that you did not give best soap to any show. Because they did not deserve it. I have been watching gh for years and was disappointed they won best writing because it is a serious issue with the show. The dragging story lines are done too slow that the audience loses interest and no longer cares. They are in danger of doing this with sprina. One of the most popular couples. Soaps need to understand that this is a different time where content of a whole season can be watched in one weekend. They… Read more »

Vicki L
Guest
Vicki L

Michael, Your lips to Brad Bells ears on getting KKL a decent story and a non Ridge love interest. Having this syrupy friendship with Taylor works but this daily high fiving and loving one another is ridiculous.

southern lade
Guest
southern lade

Taylor and brooke * NO way for this real friendship.

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

southern lade
The revised friendship is too much and if it turns into more, that will be the end for me.

Michael
Guest
Michael

I was a devoted Y&R fan but left over 5 years ago due to frustration with slow moving stories & too many characters. I began watching Days & GH and LOVE them. Was disappointed Days went to streaming. At least I still have GH

Brady Black
Guest
Brady Black

I couldnt agree more about kristen Dimera the whole thing about the villain is you love to hate them I dont even love to hate her I just cant stand her she either needs to do something good for a change or be written out cause it’s not even interesting she is heartless and all she makes me feel is disgusted

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

Brady Black
Wish the other Brady felt as you do, she’s really tiresome.

Rodd
Guest
Rodd

Thank You, Michael, for this feature ~ and really, this entire site! I look forward to reading your posts every day and especially look forward to your Best and Worst each year. I don’t comment a whole lot even though I read all the stories you carry. Sometimes, I wish I could just hit a “Like” button because what I would write would be repetitive. I trust your reporting and thank you for it. Please keep it going in 2023!

richard w griffin
Guest
richard w griffin

You didn’t include KATHRYN HAYS as a terrible loss this past year? My all-time favorite daytime actress. O.K., my picks: BEST OVERALL SERIES: General Hospital. I agree with the criticisms but it is the most entertaining show and the one with the most episodes where I loved entire episodes this past year. BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS: Maura West as Ava, General Hospital BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE: Kirsten Storms as Maxie, General Hospital – Peter takes Maxie overseas and she tells him off when he points a gun at her right before he is killed!… Read more »

Patrick
Guest
Patrick

” Drum Roll ” not one iota; not one mere mention … @GH Laura Wright, Chad Duell, or Eden McCoy. NOT ONE! Maurice Benard got one honorable mention, back in February, when he seizures out with Nina. Indicative, of just HOW DONE , the audience is with the Corinthos family known as the sonny and carly show. They do not carry the show.

Harry
Guest
Harry

Damn it, Fairman. I wish I could think of something negative to say but you were on point every step of the way. Moreover, this piece was really well written as you crystallized performances so succinctly. Well done!

Cheryl Comrie
Guest
Cheryl Comrie

Totally agree

Nanci Poulos
Guest
Nanci Poulos

Young and the Restless ( most disappointed soap )and yet it has been # 1 for the umpteen years I guess they thought Give someone else a chance to be # 1

Kasey
Guest
Kasey

Loved what you wrote about the Bold and Beautiful. It was a fail all year long. I am a day one watcher and stopped watching because of the repeated stories and lines. On the stories bad/good you nailed it! I loved what you wrote about Brooke. Love the actress would love to see her in a story where she didn’t have to cry all the time.

JP1
Guest
JP1

I only watch GH and I agree with most of your picks. However, I disagree about Tabyana Ali. I can’t watch her, her voice is terrible and her acting is just ok. I hope they recast the character. Sydney was great in the role and I wish she was still in it. I’m glad Laura Wright was not mentioned, she is a fantastic actress, but her pairing with Drew is sooo boring! There is no chemistry there and it feels forced. Speaking of no chemistry, Finn and Liz are just not interesting, neither are Joss and Cam. Joss and Dex… Read more »

mike
Guest
mike

Sydney left very big shoes to fill, I agree Tabyana does not fill them

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

JP1
Agree with your comments plus I don’t like Sam and Dante, Nina and Sonny and didn’t like Maxi and R.H, would have loved seeing him and Britt. I like Dr.O and Scotty and have really lost interest in Anna and Valentin, seems forced between them.I don’t like Nickolas and Ava, guess I’m sick of them both. Also, I find Curtis and Portia boring to say the least.

JP1
Guest
JP1

I totally agree about Sam and Dante, forgot to include them. Is it me, or is Sam just a bore? It’s like she’s just going through the motions. I feel like I dislike more of the couples than I do like. It’s got to be the writing because most of the cast is very talented. I love Curtis but, you’re right, he’s boring with Portia.

mike
Guest
mike

GH has faltered on the Nicholas/Eliizabeth story and screwed up Roger as Austin but it is still by far the best written and entertaining soap.

JONNYSBRO
Guest
JONNYSBRO

Honestly I couldn’t agree with u more about the Young and The Restless. Anthony Morina finally was let go after 4 years of the most lazy lifeless soap I have seen. Why the hell is Josh Griffith still at the helm of the soap now as the sole showrunner? Get Wendy Riche to helm YR and give it the changes it needs. Josh has been here over four years and it’s time for him to retire. I totally agree about GH it really was kind of a bust. Dan OConner and Chris Van Etten need to exit stage right and… Read more »

Susie
Guest
Susie

Totally agree with all the GH choices except the new Trina!

Linda Caruso
Guest
Linda Caruso

You nailed it on the head with all 4! I just wish these soap operas didn’t drag every storyline out for 6 months to a year! Now Esme went over the cliff again! Give it up!!

Momo
Guest
Momo

Greg as Leo is great fun. For me, Days is the best soap.

rose
Guest
rose

Hi Michael…I thought of a new category…Most Irritating Female Characters……Carly, Steffy, and Victoria. Runnerup…Phyllis. I can even stomach Diane over them and that’s saying a lot. :)))

Violet Lemm
Guest
Violet Lemm

rose
Can I add Abby, Chelsea, Liz and Nina to your list?

rose
Guest
rose

Violet…Of course add them as your choices. They are fast forward for me as well. Except Nina, and I know I’m in the minority here:)))

clb
Guest
clb

Your choice for the Most Shocking Soap is actually the Best Soap. B&B is in most of your best acting categories and the plot changes have viewers tuning in each day to see where Brad and his writing team will go next. Agree that GH is actually the Best Soap when it focuses on a few key storylines. Still don’t see how DOOL is most entertaining but agree that Y&R is the worst. I tried to watch but have enjoyed B&B the most in 2022.

Breaking News

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes OUT at ABC and ‘GMA3’

It’s not ending well for Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes. The former GMA3 co-hosts, who had their affair come to light publicly, have been let go by ABC after a lengthy mediation session on Thursday.

Now, the network has severed all ties with Robach and Holmes and they will receive payouts of their contracts.

According to TMZ: the long mediation session was “extremely contentious,” with ABC reps accusing both Amy and T.J. of various forms of misconduct, which one source characterized as “a witch hunt.”

They go on detail that Amy and T.J were told that they did not handle their romance appropriately by waiting too long to disclose it to ABC executives.

ABC expressed that their “behavior on set” was “uncomfortable” for some ABC staff.

Page Six is also reporting that their source shared from the talks, that unless ABC reaches a satisfactory departure agreement with both Amy and T.J., they would both be looking at filing lawsuits against the network.

In additional accusations, ABC said alcohol had been found in Robach’s dressing room.  However, that was disputed as ABC executives had gifted liquor bottles to Robach and other on-air ABC talent. Robach was also accused of showing up “drunk” to work after attending the College Football National Championship last year.  Amy claims she was just tired.

So, what do you think of Robach and Holmes being given the hook by ABC and being show the front door? Comment below.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

Shemar Moore Becomes a Dad for the First Time with Girlfriend Jesiree Dizon as They Welcome Their Baby Girl

Shemar Moore is now a dad! The great news came from the S.W.A.T and former Y&R star Instagram on Wednesday morning.

The 52-year-old actor enthused: “Ya boy is officially a Dad!!! Dreams come true!! The rest of my life is here! ❤️🙏🏽🙌🏽”

In a statement given to PEOPLE on the major arrival, a rep for the actor shared: “Shemar Moore and his partner, Jesiree Dizon, are happy to announce the birth of their baby girl. The family is very happy and healthy.”

Dizon, a fashion model, has two other children, daughter Charli and son Kaiden from previous relationships.

Photo: MooreIG

Back in January, Moore revealed that he is going to be a dad for the first time when he posted footage on an Instagram post from the gender reveal party in the baby’s honor

No word yet on what ‘Baby Girl Moore’s’ first name is yet.  However, Moore had mentioned that ‘Frankie’ was a potential name for the little one during the gender reveal party.

In addition, this Friday on The Jennifer Hudson Show, Moore is a guest, in which a teaser was circulating a few weeks ago featuring Shemar also revealing the big baby news there.  The entire interview will air at the end of the week on the talk show.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes for Shemar and Jesiree and their new bundle of joy via the comment section below.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

Alec Baldwin to Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in ‘Rust’ Shooting of Halyna Hutchins

Charges were announced today by Santa Fe District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies in the shooting on the set of the film, Rust fatally killing director Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin (ex-The Doctor and Knots Landing) has been charged with involuntary manslaughter along with the film’s armorer,  Hannah Gutierrez Reed.

The D.A. outlined why the deadly on-set shooting could result in criminal charges regardless of whether it was an accident.  In a statement, she shared: “After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew. On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.

In charges set to be filed by the end of January, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins’ death.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, said this about the charges: “This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”

Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor for the case said: “If any one of these three people: Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, or David Halls (assistant director, Rust) had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple.  The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”

What do you think about the charges levied on Alec Baldwin? Comment below.

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

DAYS Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Le0) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) talk with Michael Fairman on the series move to Peacock and their latest storylines.. Leave A Comment
Advertisement

The Michael Channel

Advertisement

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Eden McCoy as Josslyn

General Hospital

Airdate: 1-4-2023

Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular