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On-Air On-Soaps names Worst Soap Moments of 2011!

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

On-Air On-Soaps couldn’t let the year come to a close without taking a look back at the truly worst year the genre has ever faced and endured!

From horrible storylines, ridiculous individual moments, annoying characters and terrible judgment calls by head writers, producers, networks, and wannabes, our Top 28 choices comprise the many, many missteps of the soap year.  2011 was unique in that for the first time there was to be more dreadful behind-the-scenes drama than on the shows themselves, and believe you me, they are taken into account in our countdown!

So to remind us all of what we endured on screen, and off screen, we present to you our Top 28 image countdown. These moments had us scratching our heads, throwing more things than usual at our TV’s and computer screens, and in our opinion, showed viewers just some bad soap opera.

We hope you enjoy, get mad, and share a laugh, and of course, we welcome your thoughts on if you agree with our picks, or may have some more of your own to add to the mix.

View the Worst Moments of 2011 countdown gallery after the jump!

NOTE: Remember, to view the last thirteen moments in the photo gallery, make sure to click on the “Next Group” button to the right of + symbol, or you can sit back and relax and just watch the slideshow.

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Doe
Doe

Michael, what a hoot! You are spot on with the worst happening on soaps this year. Most of these people and storylines have had no purpose, no reason to even be there let alone to even speak. Loved the pictures You are great and entertaining with your pics…

imane assi
imane assi

So agree:Huge mistake letting go of Nadia Bjiorlin and Crystal Chappell .Both amazing actresses.And Chleo become a prostitue is the worst story ever.So out of character and so unfair to Chloe and Nadia fans

David Larsson
David Larsson

You forgot the moment when Anne Sweeney announced that ABC Daytime would be no more and renamed “Time Square Studios”. That was a big pisser for me.

Name or not
Name or not

I was kind of hoping this list would be more about terrible storylines rather than soap politics off the set.

Carbo Fan
Carbo Fan

You named it! Though a lot of Days Storylines were a hot mess. Even though Carly’s drug story started off AMAZING, it ended horrible. Carly started off losing Bo as a reason of her addiction, plus her history with Larry and then turned it into an obsession with Daniel and almost ruined a great friendship with her and Jen. Then to go to Rehab just to leave Salem? Plus Viv goes to Bollywood? REALLY?! It left us all empty and unsatisfied. Plus us fans didn’t even get a proper goodbye with Bo and Carly. Such a slap in the face for us and to return to a couple that is not creating good stories or ratings just shows they are not as popular as Corday “thinks” they are. I’m not sure what the new writers are doing but ratings and view counts are showing they are not doing well. Crystal was THE BEST on Days and ya, they totally wasted Nadia’s talent after seeing her shine on Venice!

adriana8900
adriana8900

reunite daniel and chloe 2012

imane assi
imane assi

No thanks…Danloe reached the point of no return with Daniel’s reaction to Chloe’s suicide attempt:He couldn’t care if she lived or died.There is no excuse for that.No matter how angry,hurt ,upset,you are at the person you claim to love more than life itself, when that person is about to die,your true feelings appear.And Daniel’s did: He couldn’t care less if she lived or died.No Danloe ever again.Bring back Chloe,have her reconnect with Brady,rediscover each other and fall in love again slowly,have them go back to their passion,Singing, have a child together,…There is so much to write for this couple.But keep the heartless hypocritiacl jerk ,Daniel away from Chloe.

Huge mistake letting go an amazing and drop dead gorgeous actress like Nadia Bjorlin

lora
lora

So the worst moment for days was firing Braun, Chappell, and Bjorlin? Doubtful. How about in Taylors case DOOL tried fixing things with Natalia versus miscasting braun which made an awful storyline worse. The issue was never the actress, it was the character and story. Chappell good riddance. Her behavior on twitter with Branco condoning his tirade against Kristian Alphonzo that got him fired was disgraceful. Carlys return was awful anyway. And Chloe, Nadia is a terrible actress but I do like her and agree Higley did her wrong. But Chloe is a character that needed a break. Corday damned if he does or doesnt with the soap press. Sure the DOOL reboot has been flat and disappiointing but I give him credit for trying. How about going after GH for years of show destruction under Guza. If the soap press wasn’t so busy kissing his ass, GH might have been able to have been saved years ago.

imane assi
imane assi

Naida is an AMAZING actress and DAYS failwed to use her talents.In 4 years,since her return in 2007,she ahd VERY LITTLE to work with:The HP,PPD,Chloe, losing her baby.These are the only “meaty” material she got in 4 years and BOY did she rock them.She totally delivered just like she’s rocking VENCIE THE SERIES now,since 3 seasons…HUGE mistake letting go such gorgeous and wondeful talent and a fan favorite with 4 huge fanbases(Chloe) from 1999.

Joe
Joe

SPOT ON. I just about lost my breakfast having to see that ugly mug (Frons) on the last slide. SO glad he’s been axed; too bad it wasn’t this time LAST year!

Charlotte
Charlotte

Oh Michael you are too nice with Days..ALL the storylines were AWFUL, contrived and boring except few exceptions at the very end of the year (Johnny missing, Ejami sexual encounter/grieving, Will/Marlena new relationship with Will character development..and that is not disgusting Highley..).
But on top of the awful Days 2011 i would add the RoboRafe horrible story (doppelganger with a dull character like Rafe at the front center..au secour !!!) and the uber boring and cheesy Nicole/Ej/Taylor triangle (JS has no chemistry with any of these actresses, painful to watch..well i did not watch for the most part, what i saw of it was too unbearable already)..It was painful painful painful and sadly i am not sure it will get better, except few exceptions (and good ratings for a second because of these exceptions) the new writers of this soap are bad..their stories are above all boring, vets return is good but not enough if there is no interesting stories, not enough at all and to prove my point the ratings right now are abyssal..

Bart
Bart

Nice to see that someone else hated everything I hated about “Y & R” this year – bad casting, incoherent stories and a nearly six-month “whodunit” that left NOT ONE viewer on the edge of their seat – just bored to tears.

2011 saw the exit of Dena Higley from DAYS – can Maria Arena Bell and her co-hacks be next??

Dmitri
Dmitri

That year, 2011, was pretty bad for DOOL. EJaylor was unwatchable, as well as that disgusting EJami grief sex. EJole’s romance was cute, so were Safe and Dannifer. I hated watching the Imposter Rafe storyline as well. Sad to see Chloe and Carly destroyed just for Daniel. Did not like Jack coming back to split up Dannifer, only barely to get any screentime. Hated the whole thing with Melanie stealing Chad from Abby (well, Chelanie were OK), only for Abby to have a crush on Austin. Vivian’s departure was terrible too, but I was glad to see Taylor leave.

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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 good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

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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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

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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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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