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On-Air On-Soaps Worst Soap Moments of 2009 announced!

Nicholas Galbraith, Melinda Sullivan

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It’s that time of the year where we take hold and look back at the year in daytime soaps.  2009 certainly was the most seismic-shifting in the genre’s history. On-Air On-Soaps has chosen its Top 20 Worst Soap Moments of the Year.

The choices not only include soap plots, but characters, performers, and creators. But certainly the list is what it is intended to be, the Worst Moments! Take a look at our special  photo gallery and view our Top 20 counting down from 20 to 1.   To view final four hit the “Next ” button, +  symbol ( one symbol to the right) of the top 15 images. See if you agree with our choices,  or let us know what you would choose as 2009’s worst moment.

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Doe
Doe

Anything with Adam(Y&R) torturing Ashley, including covering up her miscarriage,etc. makes me want to barf…. the stealing of Sharon’s baby after he delivered it is the ugliest moment I have seen in a long time. Oh, yes ,there are many more..UGH…

PST
PST

That’s some list. Although I feel you could have used AMC’s entire year for that list, lol. Pratt’s writing definitely should have been higher, maybe even #1.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that 2010’s list is harder to write meaning 1) that soaps are much better next year and 2) that Agnes Nixon and co. can get AMC back on track.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Melanie
Melanie

Ethan turning out to be Luke’s son (instead of Robert’s) was definitely the worst for GH. It spit on two supercouples (Luke & Laura and Robert & Holly) and a great friendship (Luke & Robert). No wonder GH is doing so poorly in the ratings. GH has no respect for history.

Tiffany
Tiffany

ITA Ethan being Luke’s son instead of Robert and Holly as he should had been was the absolute worst use of history.Whoever dumb idea it was to make him Luke’s by spitting all over the king and queen of all daytime couples history Luke and Laura,and GH most romantic couple and love story Robert/Holly Scorpio shouldn’t be allow to give anymore idea better yet keep that person away from any storylines idea that person is lclearly lacking in the creativity dept.

Isabel
Isabel

And to think the #1 worst got me back into soap land this year after being away since ’96. The twins sl on ATWT sounded intriguing since they’d be interacting with my fave characters (Luke and Noah). It wasn’t that bad but oh, well, I still must thank them for getting me hooked on ATWT, not to mention other soaps (Y&R, AMC, OLTL). Gosh, I’d missed soaps!

G
G

Ethan being Luke’s son was the worst moment on GH this year. It was completely unbelievable and a mess of a story. Luke cheated on Laura with Holly? and the time line was so fuzzy it’s impossible to even figure out when it was supposed to happen because it didn’t fit with GH’s history. It trampled over Luke and Laura and Robert and Holly and there was no payoff. Ethan as a Spencer is boring. As a Scorpio- there was so much more potential. No wonder cancelled soaps have higher ratings than GH.

Shelly
Shelly

Anything concerning the Jason & Sam reunion. Totally unbelievable and contrived…they’re chemistry-free birth control for the soul…

FormerGHFan
FormerGHFan

Couldn’t agree MORE. THAT was the absolute WORST Story line of the year and unbelievable that the crap is still going on. Nasty is what that is.

Annie
Annie

Leaving Jeffrey out chasing Edmund while grieving widow Reva turns to Josh at the Lighthouse, with Jeffrey’s little boy in tow, has Ellen Wheelers messy fingerprints all over it. What a totally disappointing and contrived ending to one of the gems in daytime, Guiding Light. I’m not surprised that Ellen nor Jeffrey’s fate made the worst list because THEY DESERVED TO BE THERE! Talk about out of touch with the fans.

Marilyn Cromer
Marilyn Cromer

My problem is with Ashley Jones on B&B. She is a no-talent wannabe actress that brings down every other character she is paired with. Just how many “Worst” categories can she be elected to before DumbBell gets it into his head to be rid of her? A totally unsavory character in every way.

Katie
Katie

While I like AJ, I find Bridget to be the most useless character on the BB. The Madame X line had to be the dumbest of last year. And to make it worse, in doing that SL to reunite the WORSE couple of 2005, 2006 and 2008, Nick and Bridget, they dumbed down the character of Nick to do it. I wish Bell would take Nick out of the kiddie pool and put him back with the grown-ups and put Bridget with a more age appropriate man like Owen, so they would not have to do these dumb SL’s in order to try and “put them across”.

Bonnie
Bonnie

James has Brooke and Taylor MUDWRESTLE, give each other massages–while he seemed to leer watching them. This was supposed to make them friends to make Ridge’s life easier. It was like some guy’s sick fantasy.

Monica
Monica

I whole-heartedly agree on all Bold misses of last year.I think you were too kind to Bells mess of a (once) good show.The biggest fiasco is that Nick Marone is still with Bridget Forrester.Jack Wagner is so underused and stuck in the kiddie pool with Ashley Jones,an actress who´s character Bridget belongs with the younger set,and at Forrester Creations,not Jackie M “designing”, it´s not even funny.Other embarassing “storylines” were the Donna&Pam frienship complete with having them make a fool of themselves on a game show and Jack Wagner was further humilitated at same game show in a “special” episode with a less than skilled actress at his side.My hopes for B&B in 2010 is that Nick Marone once again is front-and-center and in an adult storyline,prefrebly with powerhouse actress Sarah Brown and her Sandy character.Any adult character in Nicks storyline would be perfered acctually,so he no longer have to share screen with his former (immature)step daguhter,Bridget Forrester.Ever.

Mike
Mike

Ethan as Luke’s son was just a horrible, horrible decision. He was meant to be Robert and Holly’s and that would’ve been brilliant and it would’ve fit perfectly into the show’s already established history. Had they gone with Robert and Holly as the parents I have no doubt this would’ve been one of the best plot points of 2009. Instead they made the totally wrong choice and every magazine and website has voted it amongst the worst things of 2009. Guess what, GH—it’s never too late to fix your mistake ! Change Ethan’s paternity and make things right.

Anne
Anne

I actually loved the Zac and Zoe storyline! I don’t watch anything besides ATWT so I can’t really say anything about the other moments, but thw twins couldn’t have been the worse! I thought their interaction was great, also with Luke and Noah..Adam suddenly disappearing was much worse if you’re asking me..

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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

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 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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