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OLTL Recap – Jan 24 – Jan 28th

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Blair’s surprised when Tomas seems to know her. He confirms that he painted her portrait from a photo. Starr’s thrown when her father encourages her to be with James. Todd surprises her by telling her that he can’t stand seeing her unhappy and lonely. Clint quickly figures out Inez is wearing a wire, trying to get him to implicate himself in Eddie’s murder.  Nora confronts Clint and shakes him up. Bo and Nora are determined to link Eddie’s gun to Clint. Cristian is shocked to discover Layla slept with Steffen and they have a bittersweet parting. Matthew and Destiny connect. Blair’s thrown when Tomas produces a photo of her and Todd at their 1995 wedding which he found by chance. Tomas suggests she can embark on a new adventure to find even greater happiness. Blair returns the painting to Tomas and leaves with the photo. Todd and Tea put together an album of photos from their wedding and come across photos from Todd and Blair’s gold balloon wedding, but there’s an empty space where one photo should have been. Dorian tells Kelly about Ford’s experience with Aubrey. Rather than confront Joey again, Kelly decides to go after inside information about Aubrey by dating Cutter. Aubrey suggests to Cutter that being Mrs. Joey Buchanan will make it easier for her to get Joey’s cash. Cutter’s concerned that Aubrey’s interest in Joey is getting personal. Joey tells Aubrey he can help Cutter get a job at BE. Dorian and Viki remain determined to get Echo out of their hair. Echo, meanwhile, has posted on MyFace a photo of Dorian incognita at the AA meeting, suggesting the Mayor has something to hide. Echo warns Dorian there will be greater ramifications if Dorian continues to go after her. Dorian privately vows to find out if Echo has been lying about Rex’s paternity. Rex and Gigi get a letter from Shane’s school alerting them to his skipping classes. Shane gets an unpleasant MyFace message from a classmate. Adriana comforts Cristian after his breakup with Layla.

Clint offers Joey two options – either Aubrey signs a pre-nuptial agreement or Joey will be disowned. Aubrey runs into an old friend, Rama, and gets her to confide what Vimal did for Clint. Bo and John put their heads together to nail Clint realizing that whoever killed Eddie has the $50,000 Clint supplied the boys.  Kelly is busted snooping in Cutter’s room while she thought he was taking a shower. Ford and James suffer a reversal of fortune when Clint has Ford fired and James’s grant revoked. Ford goes to John and Bo to tell them the truth, but Clint has arranged for the dean to make Ford look guilty in the Eddie murder. Natalie and Jessica get down to the business of naming their sons but unknowingly pick the same name. Aubrey confronts Clint about his having disinherited Joey. She leaves him with the threat that she’ll blow up his DNA-switching activities if he does. Joey tells Cutter there won’t be a job for him at BE because he’s been disinherited. Cutter freaks but Aubrey assures him it will be all right because she’s got something on Clint.  Bo questions Ford about the $50,000 found in his office, and he believes Ford when he swears he didn’t kill Eddie. Ford reveals Clint gave him the money and beat him up. Bo confronts Clint about Ford, the beating and the money. Viki tells Echo and Charlie that she doesn’t want Echo at the christening. Dorian tells Rex she wants to hire him as a PI, to investigate Clint. After lots of hesitation she finally admits she thinks Clint switched the DNA test and that Clint is Rex’s father. Michelle tries to convince Starr to come to the Valentines dance too. Jessica and Brody ask Joey and Kelly to be their baby’s godparents. John and Natalie ask Gigi and Rex to be their baby’s godparents. The christening goes well until Aubrey steps forward to address the crowd. Earlier, Aubrey and Cutter review their options now that Clint has disowned Joey. Aubrey reveals that she’s blackmailing Clint, demanding he revoke the prenup and re-inherit Joey or she’ll tell what she knows about his DNA-switching. When Clint fails to take the bait, Aubrey makes the dramatic decision to expose Clint’s manipulations. Kelly and Cutter make a dinner date. Todd returns the photo album to Blair, who finds the empty space for the wedding picture that somehow turned up in Paris. Blair tells Todd about the mysterious artist who painted her portrait from the photo. Tomas is given Blair’s address and contemplates a trip.  Affected by Dorian’s suspicions, Rex weighs the pros and cons of having another DNA test to determine who his father is.  Echo seizes on the opportunity to be close to Charlie. Echo discovers the cyberbullying messages on Shane’s MyFace page.

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Days Of Our Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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All My Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Steve Burton as Jason & Maurice Benard as Sonny

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