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On-Air On-Soaps names Best Soap Moments of 2010!

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As we head towards New Year’s, On-Air On-Soaps looks back at the topsy-turvy year in soaps, and names those stand out moments that were at the head of the pack. Our choices comprise not only daytime soaps, but for the first time web soaps had the opportunity to be included. This year-end salute is presented to you with a Top 25 image countdown which pays tribute and honors those performances and moments that made us cheer, weep, throw things at the TV, and in our opinion, showed soap opera at its best. You can view our Top 25 Best Moments of 2010 Countdown Photo Gallery below, and see if your favorites made our list.

To view the final ten moments in the photo gallery, make sure to click on the “Next Group” button to the right of + symbol, which is next to the last image in the row of the first 15 photos, or you can sit back and relax and just watch the slideshow.  We hope you enjoy, and of course, welcome your thoughts on the Best Moments of 2010!

View the Best Moments of 2010 after the jump!

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Photo Credits: JPI Studios, CBS, ABC

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Sandra
Sandra

I like the wide variety of your Best Moments of 2010….but I heartily disagree with #1. I do not watch any of the other Soaps….but Stephanie suffering with breast cancer in the LA ghetto…or a memorial service for Palmer…or any of the other 15 or so I would choose before the violent & horrific crime of yet another shooting on GH…that of a man shooting another….whether he knew it was his son or not…IT. WAS. THE. TAKING. OF. A. LIFE….IT. WAS. MURDER. INTENDED.
GH

Kris
Kris

YES!!! #1 – TOTALLY agree! WTG, Michael! 🙂

Cathy
Cathy

My favorite was on GH with Robin finding out that Patrick cheated and threw him out. The whole time I felt Robin’s pain and cried with her. Kimberly McCullough was just amazing, as she hit every beat in every scene and Jason Thompson did a good job. It didn’t stop there as it continued for days with great performances. Too bad GH blew it when the FA psycho didn’t die. That ruined a great FA story. So many like myself were waiting for a payoff and got nothing,

May Newquest
May Newquest

I think Liz having her baby with Nic and the Sonny and Dante shooting was the best on GH

Kelly
Kelly

What about the emotional breakdown of EJ (James Scott) on DAYS after Rafe revealed that he was behind Sydney’s kidnapping which ruined his marriage to Samantha?! That should of made the list FOR SURE!! James Scott is an AMAZING actor!

Cindy
Cindy

RAFE was behind the kidnapping of Sydney? THAT I didn’t know!! Does Samantha know that as well? Now, I didn’t exactly want E J and Sammy to be together, but I did want them to have a friendly relationship for the sake of the kids. And here I was liking Rafe, and thinking that he was the best thing to have come down the pike in Ms. Brady’s life!!! F his arse!! To HELL with him!! I just hope that Sammy finds out about THIS piece of info, and KICKS Rafe OUT of her life!!!!!

Reid
Reid

No, Kelly meant that Rafe revealed that EJ was behind Sydney’s kidnapping, not Rafe! Your initial impression of Rafe was right 🙂

Kelly
Kelly

No…..Rafe showed up at EJ and Samantha’s wedding (just as they were about to be pronounced husband and wife…..DAMN IT!) with proof that EJ was behind Sydney’s kidnapping. I really want EJ and Samantha to be together, they have such awesome chemistry and their scenes are ALWAYS AMAZING!!

glad
glad

I am kind of glad neither Ejami or Safe featured. I want to like them but DOOL need to start spreading their wings some. The Alison Sweeney hour is a little silly given the cast they have. I was kind of shocked that Days featured at all but I guess there was no real way around including the Alice and Mickey Memorial sequences even if I do think both, but particularly the Alice series, was really poorly done by the show. A little like the entire production right now. Much potential, consistently falling short.

bottomchef
bottomchef

They should have included Nicole vs. Sami. Zucker is fantastic. She infuses the right amount of comedy, drama, camp and bitchiness in her performances. Sami punching Nicole was great. Zucker put a lot of nuances as Nicole was annoying Sami. I loved how Nicole grabbed the Christmas decoration and began hitting Sami! LOL. Sweeney’s high pitched screams were hilarious! It’s great when Sami gets owned. Days does the best catfights w/ Sami and Nicole bec they’re evenly matched, unlike say B&B’s Stephanie beating Brooke all the time. If Zuker ever leaves Days, she’d make a great Amber recast on B&B. That’d be 1 way to make the char of Amber palatable and she could probably teach her hubby Kyle Lowder how to act since he’s awful.

todd
todd

Stacy Morasco drowning. Best moment of 2010.

Heather
Heather

I remember sitting in my dorm room watching Sonny shoot Dante. Best soap opera moment ever. It was one of those moments when you know everything is about to change and it did.

bottomchef
bottomchef

The party boink ranked really high! LOL. Congrats to Conroy. They really should have kept him paired w/ KKL in a cougar arc. Now she’s acting w/ terrible actor Adam Gregory. Stephanie’s double slap of Brooke should be on this list! That was great, and such a Stephanie thing to do! Brooke of course could not physically defend herself. LOL. The worst list should be more fun!

ellyn
ellyn

I had hoped to see a clip of AMC- JR in the hospital during the cancer story, any number of scenes of Jacob’s flawless work. Otherwise, interesting choices. Of the shows I watch, not sure I agree with all the moments chosen.

HW
HW

I’m glad Van Hansis is in the 10 best moments, but he whould have been in the 5 first. Van Hansis is amazing, especially when playing emotional scenes and his Luke Snyder got a lot of emotional moments that made him go through such beautiful moments of TV.

mmc
mmc

I can’t believe the kiss and then Reid dying with Luke acting his very guts out was not #1.Van Hansis was beyond superb and you could hear our hearts breaking all over the world while we watched him lose the love of his life!ATWT had such a fan base and yet because of CBS and especially P&G who wanted ATWT And all their soaps over and done ,ATWT was taken off the air.No body acted so well alone or with Eric Sheffer Stevens as Van Hansis…..as far as Zack Conroy, he is well on his way…he has great looks and his acting is so easy to watch.However…..the sex scene with Brooke was so sickening and stupid….like she wouldn’t know it wasn’t Ridge and like Oliver would even choose to make love with Hope in such a place and not know that the body he was having sex with was not that of a virgin.Yes, I know it’s a soap, but I guess so many people want sleaze rather than quality.I do miss my ATWT and as a long time viewer, i think I always will!

mepariseau
mepariseau

While ESS and Van’s acting should be considered the best of 2010, the storyline itself should not even be close to the top. There were so many places where the writers got it all wrong.

traciamc
traciamc

I’m re-watching Luke and Reid’s story on YouTube, and you are so right. The characters weren’t acting in character, the dialogue was terrible and weird in some places, it was insane!

miscrambler
miscrambler

Thanks for including Van Hansis’ performance in the list. The scene with Luke and Katie in the hallway of the hospital was so raw and visceral and powerful, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a “real” moment delivered by an actor before. Van is an astonishing talent; we were truly lucky to have a chance to let him grow along with Luke on ATWT. Also, I have to say, the Holden/Lily moment you described also backed a powerful punch, especially for those of us who remember their first onscreen meeting 25 years ago. Jon Hensley is a solid, unshowy actor. To see him become so emotional in that scene again brought home how powerful these dramas are and what a loss to all of us that so many of them have already or may shortly end.

Epstein
Epstein

My personal best scene, would have been the one between Luke and Noah on the rooftop.

George
George

I wish VH and ESS the very best and hope they win Emmy awrads for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. But, I sincerely wish that CG and JP (formerly on ATWT) should never even be nominated. And, It would be amazing if they are rated the worst ever team in soap history. They compeltely deserve that dishonor after they destroyed one of the most beautiful love stories (LURE) to ever grace the soap screen, with the horrendous ending.

traciamc
traciamc

Hear, hear! Couldn’t agree with you more!

mmc
mmc

Both great actors…I think Van deserves an emmy.he can choose from so many scenes to submit for a reel.He deserves to win more than anyone else!The ending was truly the worst I have ever seen.i can’t think about it anymore.I hope Van and Eric get so much work they’ll be overwhelmed! Loved LuRe and miss them! No other actors could have brought them to life like Eric and Van !!!!!

sara
sara

Yeah, what about Ej’s emotional breakdown at the wedding to Sami with proof that EJ was behind Sydney’s kidnapping.

adriana8900
adriana8900

scrubs on gh deserved to be in best moments of 2010 they have a emmy reeling with these scenes with kimberly mccullough and jason thompson about when robin found out patrick cheated with lisa they deserve to win an emmy for these scenes they better get a daytime emmy these scenes brought tears to my eyes they were amazing i love robin and patrick together on gh bring on scrubs reunion in 2011 and scrubs baby #2.

Sean
Sean

As a GH fan I’m glad they clinched 2 of the top 3 moments of 2010. GH was gold from January to August, There was a lull, and now its back in top form

Inga Dóra
Inga Dóra

Van´s acting before and after Reid´s death is best acting i have seen. He is amazing. Eric Sheffer Stevensis amazing too. Van and Eric are best acting duo.

DAL
DAL

Van Hansis’ performances have to be first! Van Hansis did an mazing work and his acting is flawless in all his scenes. This is especially Van Hansis’ work when Luke cried for reid’s death that are VERY Outstanding. I don’t understand why you didn’t put Van Hansis’ performance in the first place, Michael!

mmc
mmc

I agree!

Doe
Doe

First, Michael, I wanted to tell you that I listened to your live broadcast last night.I don’t know how you retain all that soap knowledge. Kudos to you. I think I agree that the number one moment that most affected me was the Van Hansis -Ess death scene. I was really choked up. Never the less, I don’t know if you can truly pick one over the other. Sonny shooting Dante not knowing Dante is his son was very powerful stuff.Plus the ramifications that followed. We were fortunate to have such quality moments this year. This is the stuff that keeps our soaps alive and hopefully will not fall on sponsors bias. Bravo to these soap writer’s. Hapy New Year,Michael, and thanks for giving the fans your articles and interviews with our favorite stars.

Paul8148
Paul8148

Great Moments. I will throw in Cole shooting Eli when hand cuff, Victor’s ex’s wives flashbacks to their weddings on DOOL, The Judge sentencing Michael and Reading the “Adults” the riot act on GH, and Todd finding out about Tea illess on OLTL

mememe
mememe

All of the moments chosen from GH were well placed and deserved. I still get chills whenever I watch the Sonny/Dante confrontation and Lucky confronting Liz/Nik. Also, Robin finding out about Patrick’s affair — stellar work. Great list, Michael!

Mairead
Mairead

The worst moment of not only 2010 but in daytime history was the abrupt and idiotic dismissal of the talented Brett Claywell and Scott Evans as Kyle and Oliver on OLTL.
the KISH love story was the best this show ever had and they are greatly missed…

mmc
mmc

I’m wishing you a wonderful happy and healthy New Year Michael Fairman.Even though I didn’t totally agree with your best and worst list, i did agree with most.I have always found you to be a wonderful interviewer ….you really listen and you know what you’re talking about.i hope you’ll keep us up to date on the actors of ATWT, especially my beloved Van Hansis . I can’t begin to tell you how I miss this show. Also thank you for your wonderful interviews…you are the best.And you’re a nice man too! Happy 2011 !!!!!

quinn
quinn

great list, but where is carly and jack’s wedding?

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One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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