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RATINGS: Terrible Week for Daytime! All Soaps Down … Again!

It was another bad week for your favorite daytime soap operas, the ratings week of March 19-March 23rd.  The biggest loss of viewers happening to the number one soap, The Young and the Restless.   Y&R lost – 272,000 viewers from the previous week.  (We thought originally it could be due to March Madness NCAA basketball’s Sweet Sixteen on March 22nd and March 23rd, but it seems Y&R aired in most markets and was not pre-empted).

But what is most troubling is the lackluster performance for Days of our Lives and General Hospital, both of whom have been on a creative upswing, with Will’s coming out story heating up Salem and the aftermath of Robin’s funeral on GH! DAYS lost another – 168,000 viewers for the week, while GH only lost – 1,000 viewers that week, it tied with DAYS at the bottom of the ratings for women 18-49 and DAYS also had a new low in total viewers in that key demo!

So what is going on here?  Are we all simply tuning out to what used to be our favorite soaps?  Are they not grabbing us? Is viewer backlash going on? Is the ratings system all skewed?

Let us know your thoughts after you check out the entire ratings via Soap Opera Network here.

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joe
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joe

because people are boycotting abc as far as gh there trying with oltl crossovers and i watch sometimes but the thing is im still pissed oltl with high ratings is gone and gh with low ratings is still on..as far as the other soaps people had enough and figure there all a thing in the past what a shame i dont even watch daytime anymore abc you lost regis oprah amc and the high rated oltl why watch now another great executive move im just not watching abc they suck wake up executives come out of your glass buldings and… Read more »

Mindy Barnowski
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Mindy Barnowski

Until GH picks up actors like Erika Slezak, my boycott of ABC continues. I am still upset about the cancelling of AMC and OLTL. Some of us watched that show for years and some, like myself, grew up on it. This is viewer loyalty that drives the boycott of ABC. Wake up, TV execs. What kind of loyalty will build for The Chew and The Revolution? Nothing at all like what exists for our soaps!

Jan
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Jan

If people really wanted to take stand, should have boycotted both Day & Night ABC TV and IT really would have taken a lose.
Since the stand wasnt taken properly its done, we can only move forward.
But I think GH is deserving of an audiance , the acting of Maurice Bernard, Steve Burton etc.is just suburb in my opinion and should be viewd.
Anyway thats my honest opinion on this terrible cancellation of OLTL

mary
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mary

I believe Neilsen is wrong.I know alot like me are tuning in to gh now since we lost amc and oltl.I never watched gh until last week.Plus alot are watching on soapnet or online that never gets counted.I think Neilsen doesn’t like soaps.

Mindy Barnowski
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Mindy Barnowski

I’ve never had Nielsen knock on my door, so to speak. I know no one whose participated in their methods to track ratings. Did anyone measure how many of us were watching the soaps in the evening on Soapnet because we work? All I heard about when OLTL and AMC were cancelled is their daytime ratings and how cheap, cheap, cheap is their focus. Well, look how the chew and the revolution are failing!

Christy
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Christy

I did the Neilson deal – think it was like 1994! I had cable but nearly everything I wrote down in my tv diary was ‘tape OLTL and GH’ and later “watched taped OLTL and GH’…. every day! and some days it was ‘watched old soap operas I taped long time ago…’ and most every show I watched , not just soaps, was on ABC. If Disney or ABC’s websites are watched for the soaps, they know. It’s people that watch them other places or if they have a digital tv tuner (i do!) then they can’t track that because… Read more »

sharon
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sharon

While I think that the writing is better on GH, it’s still not good. The new regime is still playing to the Carly, Sonny and Jason fans. I understand that they’re popular. But, if they want to GROW the audience, they need to win back viewers like me who are sick of these characters and want them gone! I wish they would all be written out of the show…but we all know that isn’t realistic. Instead, they should dramatically reduce their airtime and balance out the show with the legacy families/characters – the Scorpios, Spencers, Quartermaines and Webbers. I also… Read more »

Nancy M
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Nancy M

Get over it. The show is fantastic. It is a show not reality.

Judy
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Judy

Robin is alive. However, I totally agree. I hadn’t watched GH in YEARS…maybe since someone tried to “freeze” Port Charles!! But I started watching a few weeks ago cause my OLTL characters were coming on board. GH is just NO where near as good as OLTL was. I hate the whole “Mob” thing. It’s nauseating. Are there still real people who talk like Anthony???? Gonna “whack” somebody. Really?? OLTL was such a better soap than GH. What a horrible shame that it was cancelled while GH lives on. Y & R, while getting better lately, is no where near the… Read more »

david
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david

I couldn’t agree more with all your comments about OLTL. I am trying to watch GH and be supportive, but every time I watch I can’t help but think how much better OLTL was with its variety of admirable characters, family drama, humor, romance, and quirky surprises. GH is such a passe stereotype focused on the Mob and violence.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with your opinion.. Too moch mob/ganster stories….Soap fans are getting tires of those kind of stories….OLTL didn’t have much of the mob stuff..OLTL soap was a bunch of characters who cared for one another…You could see that each day you watched it..Especially Viki ……That made OLTL so unique……………. I am getting tired of the whole mob thing also..That is why fans are losing interest…GH has to decrease on the stories about the mob thing…………..Or fans may continue to lose interest…Thats what I think… Decrease alot on the mob/gangster stories…Get a way from those kind of stories…Time for a… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

So true! This whole mob thing is getting tired! It’s the same boring story every day. They only care about the young actors. OLTL had many stories going on & they involved all ages. It was so much better & should’ve been saved!

Justin
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Justin

Sharon, you hit the nail on the head! It’s still the Sonny Show. No Quartermaines have been brought back and it’s still soooo Dark. I’ve been disappointed and not surprised at the latest ratings.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Yes soap fans are getting tired of the mob/gangster stories.. They wearing themsselves thin with those kind of stories……Time for GH to change some of their stories, Especially mob/gangster stories.. Tired of that myself..

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Want GH To continue..Please change your stories…

Torrey
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Torrey

Totally agree with you….Plus the fact that I’m a huge OLTL fan, and am still totally pissed off that my show is no longer on the air. AMC, I could kinda see, because it had been bad for years, and the ratings had been on a constant decline…. OLTL outshines all of the other ABC soaps and still got the axe, so I have a hard time watching GH….was never a big fan of the show anyway. And now that the show centers around Sonny, Jason & Carly I find no reason for me to tune in. The show is… Read more »

doris
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doris

I Dvr the soaps, so I can watch when i’m in bed or lounging…lolo just atarted to watch Y&R, and DOOL, never watched them BRFORE. I miss ATWT, OLTL, AMC….i have watched GH forever. and B&B watch this one too. the only thing it’s too short,. i don’t watch any of the daytime replacement shows. i refuse. i still enjoy the soaps, but they are going to have to some better writing. The gangster crap on GH is a bit to much…….

gloria
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gloria

You are SO right. I always took a late lunch & watched OLTL at my desk at work & today for some reason I had this glimmer of anticipation at 12:50, then it’s like it hits me all over again-NO MORE OLTL. I just go into such a funk about it. Damn it. I can’t believe this time a year ago we had no idea what was coming. I watch all the other shows but none can fill the void. Agree with everything you said espec. about GH. I’ve been screaming “BALANCE” for months-that was one of the best things… Read more »

John
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John

Agree with you 100%, GH will not have much improvement with getting new viewers but have a much better shot of getting the ones who left, and that is where the focus should be at. I was a faithful 30+ year viewer who turned off GH during the JFP/Guza years and returned for Frank & Ron’s work, while it has improved, I can not return as a regular viewer as long as the focus continues to be Sonny & Jason. To the viewers that left who might tune back in will find nothing that resembles the show they used to… Read more »

doris
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doris

i feel that these soaps are geared directly to the much younger crowd. they are trying to gain the interest of the young. with some of the story lines ans music and the mixing of sexes. I guess they have to go with the flow. I don’t always agree but life is life

Jared
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Jared

Great post, Sharon. Thank you! I’ll take it a step further, because I totally want Jason to revert to Jason Quartermaine, and I want Sonny in Pentonville and gone……for good. I love me some Maurice Benard, but the character of Sonny (along with Victor on Y&R) is the most vile, disgusting, despicable, self absorbed jackass excuse for a human being character on daytime. hehehee Sorry to get carried away, but you get my point.

sarah
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sarah

FROM ONE FAN WHO LOVES GH AND SONNY,JASON AND THE MOB STORYLINE REGARDLES WE CANNOT BRING BACK AMC AND OLTL SORRY WISH WE COULD I MISS THEM MYSELF

BUT THE REASON I WATCH GH IS BECAUSE OF MAURICE, STEVE AND TONY GEARY, SORRY GUYS

Mindy Barnowski
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Mindy Barnowski

I agree with you, Sharon. The Sonny and Jason storylines are so worn out – always the same thing, just different faces. One year this kid of his is shot, the next year it’s… Get Sonny out of there and let some other storylines shine. Jason’s role is always the same old thing, also. Would like to see the Quartermain version of Jason come back. Maybe he’d give up wearing that same black shirt everyday. What’s up with that, is it Sonny’s mob color?

Terri
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Terri

I agree! That’s all I have to say. They got rid of the best soaps and left the one with the worst ratings!

Carol Painter
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Carol Painter

If the ratings are down, I think it’s due to spring break throughout the country, people are on vacations. I love what is happening to GH, But it will all take time to come around! Can’t wait for more OLTL characters to come back…I wish they were here already!! I Miss OLTL!!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

If you write a decent story they will come! Please tell me why you would tune into Y&R it is literally stupid B&B all about one person now Hope, GH takes more then a month to get back on track Days I have not watched in years so you guys will have to give your opinion on that. B&B anniversary show should have contained more flashbacks and no Liam or Hope! If this does not turn around all you are going to see is talk & reality shows, which is sad.

doris
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doris

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH….NOOOOOOOOOOOOO more reality shows. and talk shows. i listen to talk radio when I’m home during the day…..lololol

barbara t
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barbara t

Kay ,I wont see them ,I cant watch that crap ,but your right if the ratings dont go up we are in trouble,We all have to support the soaps and tune in every day,And the General hospital fans have to stop complaining about the one life to live people taking over port charles.JUST WATCH AND SUPPORT ALL THE SOAPS, Or Kay will be right the talk and reality shows will replace them and that we dont want ,also e mail abc.com 3 times a day ,Lets save general hospital ,days of our lives,bold and the beautiful,and the young and the… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

I AGREE KAY B AND B IS ALL ABOUT HOPE, LIAM AD
AND STEFFY BORING, Y AND R IS AS BAD SAME OLE STORY SO I CAN SEE WHY PEOPLE ARE TUNING OUT

HOWEVER I DO LOVE MY GH AND SONNY,JASON AND LUKE

rea
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rea

As far as Days losing viewers, I’m not surprised. The return and rewrite of history of the Princess Gina story is just turning away 2 large fan bases. Didn’t want to see it then and certainly not entertaining now. The writers need to get creative and give J&M and B&H new stories worthy of the talents of the actors that portray them. Loved that Deidre and Drake were brought back, but honestly their talents are being wasted as far as fans seeing the great chemistry and love story that they have had for decades. Sure we see Marlena with Will… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

I HAVE WATCHED DAYS ON AND OFF SINCE I WAS 8 YRS OLD WITH MY GRANDMA LOVED THE HORTONS, BRADYS ETC.

BUT ARE NOT CRAZY ABOUT MARLENA NEVER HAVE BEEN\

DO LOVE JOHN DRAKE HOGESTYN BUT DAYS COULD USE SOME MORE
STEFANO JOE MASCOLO IS GREAT

Hope
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Hope

GH had such an opportunity to grab people like me. Busy mom working full time, really doesn’t have time for tv but grew up with GH. Haven’t watched GH since the mid-90’s…but was ready to MAKE TIME to fall in love with GH again! When I heard GH was bringing back my favorite legacy characters…the Scorpios…I tuned in immediately! I even watched the commercials to help the ratings! Even men I know were excited that Robert and Luke were together again! They tuned in! People were TALKING about GH again! And I mean people that haven’t watched soaps in YEARS!… Read more »

Carlee
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Carlee

THIS!!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,,!,

They totally blew it with this Scorpio story. It was horrible. The only week this regime has seen a ratings increase was the week Robert Scorpio returned. In fact, the day he returned, 2/29, they garnered a 2.0. They have not had a rating like that in over 6 months, nor have they seen it since.

Marcia White
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Marcia White

Good point about Robert Scorpio and the hopes we held when we were told he was returning. These cameo appearances for just a few days do not promote loyalty of viewers that loved the GH from years ago. I agree that Robin’s wake was an excellent opportunity to bring in some others that haven’t been in PC for some time; maybe some that would stay as permanent characters . I hope Finola Hughes will stick around. Maybe she’ll help John get Sonny’s butt out of town permanently! I am sOOO tired of the Sonny and Jason show, Carly’s always in… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

ALL YOU OLD FANS OF GH NEED TO GIVE IT A TRY BECAUSE WE CANNOT LOSE ANOTHER SOAP, WE NEED OUR SOAPS

I HAVE WATCHED GH FOR 18 YRS BECAUSE OF MAURICE BENARD AKA, SONNY AND ALSO TUNED IN DURING THE LUKE AND LAURA YRS

Hope
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Hope

I will say that I have given GH a try from time to time over the years. Certainly every time they brought back Anna and Scorpio I tuned in again. But I was always disappointed in the way they portrayed the old characters I loved and invested so much of my time in when I used to watch regularly. It’s as if the new writers never watched the show in their lives. I’m sorry…but the writing turned me off every time and frankly the characters that are at the center of all of the action now just don’t grab me… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

It’s being pounded into us, by the networks, and other sources, that SOAPS are a dying industry, and it becomes exhausting! ABC does nothing to promote General Hospital to try to gain new viewers. NOTHING. Since Brian Frons decided to tell people what they really want to watch, I as a fan, feel like it’s only a matter of time till GH is gone. We cried out. We protested. We boycotted… no one listened. Money talks… people walk. Personally, I will support GH till the end, but after the insulting way ABC has treated it’s audience, I probably won’t after… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

I AGREE JEN, WILL SUPPORT GH TILL THE END

BUT WILL NOT SUPPORT ABC AT ALL ONCE GH ENDS

AND WILL NOT EVEN LOOK AT KAITE COURIC PERIOD
HATE THE CHEW AND THE REVOLUTION

ALSO NO LONGER WATCH ANY ABC SHOWS NITE TIME OR DAYTIME
OTHER THAN GH THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE VIEWERS SO WHY SHOULD WE SUPPORT ANY OF THEIR PROGRAMS

WILL CONTINE TO SUPPORT GH ONLY

Brian
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Brian

It is all down to the ratings. I believe that 100 %. Perhaps ABC could set up an email address or something so everyone who watched GH could send an email to count as a viewer. Something to this means is the only way to get true numbers. There could be a message at the bottom of the screen to email if you are viewing this show.

barbara t
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barbara t

Thats a good Idea and you can have a id tag of some kind and you can call or like you said e mail the letters/numbers in,Only problem there are to many ding bats working at the rat channel I think they lie about the true ratings,So many times I will hear a network say that 200 million people tuned in to see the blah blah show when in fact they are not telling the truth so many lies and I know that abc/disney never told the truth in the amount of people who watched the abc soaps.What abc didnt… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

I think the numbers are not being captured appropriately. I have been watching all four for months… and GH for years!. I must admit that I watch on Hulu sometimes and I do not understand why the watches on Hulu can’t be captured. I hear the dvr and recordings for GH are not accurate. It isn’t because people are not watching!

doris
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doris

are DVR recordings counted?????i never heard that before, cause I DVR the soaps everyday, and (don’t laugh) VCR record in my bedroom where I don’t have DVR service…..so i record Y&R, and B&Bm everyday on my VCR,lol

Christy
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Christy

I read that cable and DVR recordings are counted, and watching on the abc channel – because they have a way for the service to be reported back to them (neilsen).

I actually use a digital tuner and it can’t report back to anyone, so if i ever watch the rat channel, no one knows! which is great, cuz I have to leave it on all day in order for my dvd recorder to record GH which is on at 2pm.

Christy
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Christy

oh, and my recording device is VHS/DVD recorder… and it’s brand new! I can record to tape or dvd, so I’m not laughing!

barbara t
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barbara t

The whole system has to be changed everyone needs to be counted,And the networks should not be able to lie about how many people watched or did not watch the different programs abc/disney/the rat channel are the masters at that they lied about how many people that were watching the abc soaps ,There finding out now,because we are letting them know that we are here, and not going away.

Rod
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Rod

Wow Sharon a bit harsh!! Please speak for yourself as I disagree with every single thing you said. The Spencer’s are washed up!! Killing the characters you want would kill the show FOR SURE!! ! No one blows Carly away like Laura Wright!! Anyway. All the negative feed back sucks and considering you don’t support daytime as YOU DON’T WATCH!! We will thank you for helping save our GH (NOT). It’s funny how everyone helped out AMC the worst by the time it was canceled & OLTL which was great but a bit over the to. Now we need your… Read more »

Rod
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Rod

I’m actually watching all the soaps that remain to help save the shows. I have to say GH is the best of them
All. Days and B&B tied and Y&R last. Slow and boring!!
They need better written stories. The acting is GREAT

Elhu
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Elhu

This troubles me, and I am also somewhat surprised. We can come up with any excuse we want, whether it be Neilsen is wrong (which could be true, who knows), pre-emptions or nice weather lost viewers, whatever the case may be, the bottom line is, if you love your soap(s), no matter what, you have to be loyal and watch and/or DVR/tivo it/them. I have watched all three ABC soaps for mannnnny years, and am saddened at the loss of AMC and especially OLTL, but we still have GH, and I refuse to give up on it. I find the… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

love daytime soaps never realy watch night time. I miss my One Life 2 Live and All My Children.. I was hoping the Manning”s coming to G.H. would help G.H. plus we may get to see more of the OL2L people. I know they are taping, but come on now bring back TODD MANNING 2 G.H…… ABC daytime line up is bad right…. Come on G.H. get it together. I will really be pissed if it cancelled 2. Need to see Sonny, Todd and the whole cast. I feel someone has dropped the ball here…..

Debi
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Debi

Nielsen needs a new way to find their ratings. Though GH is far from what it use to be, it has made alot of progress. Surely the ratings should be up.

Blake
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Blake

I dvr Days every day and I watch it within 24 hours so that it helps with the ratings, and Days is really good lately. The stories are more interesting, wish the ratings would reflect that.

Harlee
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Harlee

I know I was watching DOOL when they rebooted and yes the pacing was off but I think KC jumped the shark by bringing in the old EP from Passions and now we are going to get PassionsLite, with redux of Princess Gina for example and the direction has definitely changed with the new EP, I personally liked how Noel was leading the direction, we have no Maggie & Victor now but side characters basically since, Lisa R. is pretty bad, more of Reeds instead of the Hortons. I stopped watching. Will story is the strongest by far and being… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

It was a huge mistake to bring OLTL characters over to GH. Many GH fans have stopped watching the show because of this.

david
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david

Are OLTL characters really getting that much air time? Is that the reason for the drop in ratings or is it because OLTL isn’t the lead in any longer? Or is it the dominant, boring mob violence storyline? It’s probably multifactorial. Besides, if all GH fans stopped watching and all OLTL viewers started, GH’s ratings would be higher than they are now.

barbara t
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barbara t

David,You are so right.And I agree with you that if all the one life to live viewers started watching the ratings would go up,general hospital fans (which I am ) are using the 4 characters as an excuse to stop watching(Im not) how 4 people can stop anyone from watching g h makes no sense ,Seriously if it was announced today that that everyone from landview was moving to port charles the ratings would go up ,also all the posts that I read at other sights say the same thing over and over again that they use to watch gh… Read more »

doris
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doris

OMG…you can’t pleazse everyon I guess….I thought it was a smart move on GH’s part to at least try the cast of OLTL.I hope i get to see more crossovers.

Christy
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Christy

agree! I loved OLTL and usually watched GH… I’ve never seen this as an invasion (can 3-4 people be an invasion?!). There are actors that have been on both shows – Jackie Zeman was on OLTL first, but always think of her as Bobby Spencer. Tuc Watkins on GH first, always think of him as David on OLTL… many many have been on both, and many of them have been on several ABC soaps over the years. It’s not an invasion, they’re all part of the same ABC soap family! I always loved it when characters crossed over – like… Read more »

david
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david

Too bad OLTL isn’t still on. It was the only soap that was gaining viewers and had more than the previous year. Imagine how the ratings would have increased with Todd tried and sentenced for Victor’s murder, only to have it revealed Victor was still alive, followed by a relentless competition between the two brothers. Tea’s baby would have been born. Viki and Clint would marry. There were so many other compelling storylines we never got to see it makes me sick to think about it.

barbara t
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barbara t

David ,you are making me homesick for landview ,So many wonderful events could have taken place since one life to live has been gone ,such love and respect I have for my soap stars and there characters ,Right now if I have a choice of general hospital or One life to live I would choose to be with vicki ,clint bo, nora ,roxy,they were a pleasure to watch and spent that precious hour a day with,will I ever get over the fact that abc/disney killed my favorite place to go everyday?

david
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david

No, Barbara, I am afraid we and others like us will never get over the loss of OLTL. It was a consistently wonderful part of our life for decades. We will always love and miss our Llanview family. Looking back, I am amazed by the degree of positive emotion, acceptance, and love Viki radiated through a television presence. It was heartwarming to see Natalie and Jessica reconcile and to know Viki and Clint would remarry. Who could ever forget Roxy and her salon? I so wanted to see the birth of Tea’s baby and for Victor to escape so he… Read more »

Rich
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Rich

OLTL FAN !!! I tried to tune in to GH. IT SUCKS!. Not Enough OLTL Character time. GH is TIRED and BORING. Just can’t get in to it. I have tried. You can’t replace VICKY BUCHANNAN !!! KATE !!!! Please !!!

Most have changed channels.

NO OLTL, NO AMC, NO ABC,…

also, it’s spring, chill out people, maybe folks got out and go some sun !!!

Tom
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Tom

I’m not sure who is more to blame for Y&R crashing and burning every single year–Maria Arena Bell or her pet actress Yvonne Zima. Seriously, get Y&R back to its family roots–the Chancellors are barely even shown! Where’s the real drama?

B&B is obsessed with Hope to the point that it’s becoming unwatchable some days. Do an adult storyline for a change.

DAYS is too dull to even bother with most days. Sorry, that’s the truth. The DiMeras are all washed up and every single storyline has “retread” stamped on it.

grace Coppola
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grace Coppola

I think the problem is there is no balance.. They are focusing to much on Jason/Carly/Sonny.. People want change and some actors are not giving any airtime.To much focus on newbies that have no history or attachments to any characters. A 2 time Emmy winner like Julie Marie Berman is giving 3 to 5 mins of airtime.. Not sure why new writers can’t writer for a hot young couple like Lante.. Its a shame that after 35 years of being a faithful viewer and a huge Lante fan that I find myself not wanting to rush home to watch.. i… Read more »

MJ
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MJ

Here’s the odd thing. I rarely give new nighttime shows a chance anymore just because the networks drop them so fast. If I invest time and something I enjoy is dropped after one or two shows I just wasted my time. Whereas with daytime soaps I give my time to everyday. If the networks supported and promoted their daytime serials the viewership would increase just based on the premise that you can rely on the show being on each week not just a fash in the pan. Something to consider, ABC.

Avelina
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Avelina

GH should not be osing viewers. DAYS should be as there writing at the moment is sooooo bad that I want to literally tear my hair out. They have awful storylines and are completely ignoring the history of DAYS. EJ and Sami in my opinion are the best supercouple on the show even though they have not even had a chance to be together. The new writers have promised alot and have FAILED to deliver. GH however is great, the writing has improved and I am so glad that Robin is alive. Kimberly McCullough is lovely and an A+ actress.… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

Note to Sony: I’m ready and willing to take over Y&R whenever you decide to hit the panic button and get rid of MAB/Sheffer/Hamner. Is enough, enough yet?

Anne-Marie
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Anne-Marie

I can’t even watch Days ny more…but I’m in Canada so my viewership (or lack thereof) doesn’t even register….

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I am a soap fan who grew up watching ATWT. When it went off the air, I started watching Y&R and OLTL. I though OLTL was great during this time, and I am still wishing for a miracle to bring it back to daytime. (And yes, I am in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic.) I think that Y&R is currently terrible. I try to like it but I just can’t get invested in any of the story lines. I am the minority that doesn’t like Lily and Cane or Adam and Sharon. In fact, the only story that I… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s going to take time for Frank and Ron to turn GH around. But I’m confident that they will. People need to have patience. The show has already improved a great deal since they took over. It will take time for that to be reflected in the ratings.

barbara t
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barbara t

Dan, you are right ,I love what I am seeing now,and I know Frank and Ron have more interesting stories to tell .General hospital has been in the twilight zone for so long they have to untangle all the damage that has been done to our beloved characters on general hospital and they are off to a good start.

april
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april

I stopped watching soaps everyday,because the the story moves so slowly,slow like in the 59’s..boring.

Tina
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Tina

I agree with you Rich. I had been a long time OLTL viewer since the mid 70’s and I watched GH too, but the moment that the writers turned from the hospital and the doctors family’s to that of the mob with Stimpy Corinthos taking the spot light..well I quit watching. Came back again threw the years and now the stories are just ripoffs of past OLTL stories and nothing original . Nope, not even the Franco story is original.. just another rip off of past ones ad nauseum. Who didn’t see the DID story with Kate coming., come on… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I think the ratings system is simply not reflective of how people watch soaps. Fans watch on line, DVR, etc. I also think, however, that the industry is losing viewers because the medium has alienated its most loyal followers. In a very short period of time, the soap industry has lost major shows, the cable network SoapNet, and the recent demise of Soap Opera Weekly. ALL of this serves to influence potential viewers. Since soaps are no longer viable as a permanent entertainment choice, fans are no longer willing to invest their time watching a show that could very likely… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

I’m trying to watch Y & R, it’s just not doing it for me. Crazy Daisy, cartoon mobsters, and confusing business deals are NOT entertaining. Focus on the families! Please Days! Dump that silly Princess Gina story. Give us more Will! GH is great except for the Kate/Connie mess.
Please folks, if you want to save your favorite shows, you must watch them.

Harlee
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Harlee

Yes you are so right about saving whichever show is your favorite, but you have to watch, as much as sometimes I FF through my DVR at times I trying to be positive about Y&R. This is why I did go back after a year of non-viewing back home to CBS. The most positive story on Y&R is JackNikki reuniting again. This story is classic Y&R by far, I’m enjoying the redux of these two characters because it has been so long in the making to screens again. Yes, there has been others to come between VictorNikki with boring results… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

I was a long time viewer of OLTL. I am very upset over its cancellation especially since it had better ratings than GH. I have tried to watch GH, but cannot get into it. I do not like the male mobster characters and the others do not draw me in. Sending two or three OLTL characters to GH is not enough for me. First GH takes OLTL’s head writer , producer, several actors and now if it takes OLTL’s time slot, that is going to really annoy me. My annoyance is shown by boycotting anything ABC and Disney. Many of… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

GH is improving, but OLTL had heart and soul, the sets conveyed a sense of the town’s rich tapestry: Llanfair and La Boule side by side with Roxie’s salon, the dive hotels, etc. There was a quirkiness and a warmth that felt rich and endlessly interesting. GH feels flat by comparison, and the characters much harder to love. I was excited at the beginning of FV and RC’s run, but I’m still having trouble caring about these people who all seem morally compromised in the worst way. p.s. Dante and Lulu are so boring. Mac and Alexis are more appealing… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Theres no place like home,and thats what landview felt like ,General hospital is getting better ,but it will take 43 years to make it feel like home .Frank and Ron are doing good with what they have to work with,Im glad its them helping to put general hospital back together again,with them there is hope.I miss vicki most of all.

david
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david

Love your comments. You really captured significant aspects of OLTL that made it so special: heart and soul, rich, quirky, warm, and endlessly interesting. It’s nice to know I wasn’t the only one who valued these things. I would watch OLTL and marvel at the details of the sets: the accessories on the desks of the wealthy, the gadgets and pots in the diner’s kitchen, Roxy’s amazing glitzy and garish salon, the sleaze of the Minute Man Motel. The characters were complex and flawed but tried to redeem themselves and usually succeeded. You could admire and root for them and… Read more »

Melanie
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Melanie

I am a huge Dante and Lulu fan because i think they have the best chemistry and wonderful lovestory, but their screentime has been greatly diminished dramatically over the past couple of months and that really makes me mad!! They are only shown for about 2-3 minutes about 2 days a week and it seems like the writers don’t know what to do with them nowdays unless it involves them at the PCPD talking about this boring stripper case that has been going on way too long (who cares anyways?) and another conversation about Sonny for the zillionth time(yawn!) .… Read more »

Carole Chickerillo
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Carole Chickerillo

I don’t know if anybody realizes this but March is a big spring break month for all grades of school. Which is why the daytime numbers are done……IMO.

gloria
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gloria

What the hell do ratings mean? NOTHING, because I watch every single soap on the air every day in their entirety. But I watch online or on SoapNet.

barbara t
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barbara t

Thats what I keep saying.and they should be able to come up with something to count people and what they are watching and everyone should get counted no matter your age.

barbara t
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barbara t

I just left general hospitals facebook page and they are saying that today is general hospitals 49 anniversary ,hopefully we make it till 50 and beyond that,happy anniversary general hospital from a very long time fan.

Florence
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Florence

I am sure the ratings are down because most people were watching it on Soap Net so I guess that’s why you took it off the air . I pay extra to have the channel and now there is not one it just skips right over it I am very disappointed because you took off the air I no a lot of people watch at night because they work . DISAPPOINTED IN GEORGIA!!!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont understand ,I have direct tv and soapnet is still on,I also heard that a lot of parents are pissed off at direct tv because they arent putting disney junior on which is fine by me ,There are to many kid channels.what took the place for soapnet where you are?Im still happy in florida. ,for how long, thats another question.

Reel Views
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Reel Views

MAB’s Y&R is in a meltdown. Dump Daisy, Cane/Lily, Tucker, Patty, Ricky, YoHarmony, Devon, Angelo/Angelina, and Chloe. Focus on Newmans vs Abbotts, with Chancellors thrown in. More Nick vs Adam, less Genevieve vs Victor. Use the characters that bring the passion. CBS and Sony need to step in and get this show back on track before they lose their audience for good.

Melanie
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Melanie

OLTL was my favorite soap and I really miss it. It did have so much more going on in the way of romance, drama, humor and action but for the most part, alot more balance amongst the characters and storylines. I was also a fan of AMC but it’s writing got a little sloppy over the years as well. I wasn’t happy with all of the s/l’s, but overall I think they did a much better job than GH has! I am SO sick of all the mobster dominance stories on GH! This show has had so many times to… Read more »

RJ4
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RJ4

Actually, I watch Days on Youtube at night. The problem is that the story lines are all over the place, they are recycling story lines, dropped some decent story lines or are dragging them out to the point you don’t know what happened to some pieces or have lost interest, and some of the story lines are not that good. With that said, I am glad that they have brought back some past characters ( Marlena, John, Lucas, etc.), I really like the Will gay story line and Marlena was excellent too. In general, I do think the show is… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

seems spring break was just plain bad for daytime, period…. althought I have to say the following is cheery news! te he he The Chew – Week of 3/19/12 Viewers: 2.04 million, Women 25-54: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-49: 0.6/ 4, Women 18-34: 0.3/ 2 All My Children – Week of 3/21/11 Viewers: 2.37 million, Women 25-54: 1.1 rating/ 7 share, Women 18-49: 0.8/ 5, Women 18-34: 0.4/ 3 Percent Change – The Chew vs. All My Children Viewers: -14, Women 25-54: -18, Women 18-49: -25, Women 18-34: -25 *** The Revolution – Week of 3/19/12 Viewers: 1.32 million, Women 25-54:… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

Here’s my idea for increasing ratings, winning back some viewer loyalty AND cutting production costs: move OLTL production to LA and setup a smart schedule so that they can use the same studio as GH. Llanview can be recreated easily enough, even if the sets have been destroyed. (I’d be fine accepting a tornado or 2012 related explanation for the remodeled sets). Combine writing and production (bring on Lorraine Broderick to help), share characters (McBain and Devane as the roving federal agents, Sonny as the big bad (if they must), Starr and Michael and Todd and Blair could all move… Read more »

Lucy
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Lucy

Well Days is just dull, they never gave a chance to Ej and Sami, the most dynamic duo on this soap..all the other stories are dull and cheesy as hell except the Will story and while i am a happy about the friendship between his parents Lucas and Sami (they really work as friends, don’t make them romantic again Dool, Sami needs friends not bed buddies !!) they will make Sami the homophone one..well i don’t watch that, Sami is flawed and self-centered but homophobe NOT ! NEVER !! She is THE ONE who would get Will outsider vibe !!

pkevinm
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pkevinm

I swear, some of the ungrateful wretches who call themselves soap fans must eat your young. With fans like you, who needs ABC execs… OLTL and GH are two entirely different programs, It’s not realistic to compare the two. OLTL is gone and I don’t want lose another. I’ve watched all ABC soaps for 45 years. There are good story lines and bad story lines. Characters come and characters go and characters come back. NO character is/was irreplaceable. Ratings go up and ratings go down and ratings go up. I miss AMC. And I miss OLTL a lot — A… Read more »

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

Share your thoughts on which show you hope Cady is working on, whether, primetime, daytime, or a streaming series, in the comment section below.

 

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2021

In a year which saw the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021, saw your favorite soaps finding ways to work under safety and health protocols to bring you the stories you love the best they could, but it was not fraught with some problems along the way.

Now as the year comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV,  takes 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’s format is a feat in 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”.

While we know many of you have your own views, picks, and choices, and while 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 wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the genre itself, which make this such a unique entertainment medium with an undeniable connection between the viewers, the performers, and the storylines.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2021 out!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital  

Day to day, week to week, the soap that delivered the most through 2021 was General Hospital. It wasn’t by any means sheer perfection, and had its share of relationship and storyline issues, but whether you loved “Nixon Falls’ or not, or Britt with Jason, or Carly with Jason, Sonny and Nina, or were upset about Franco’s death, or Peter continuing to exist on this earth (more on this later), or loved the introduction of the SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine, the show retooled the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, and all along the way gave emotional payoffs and big cliffhangers.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

The last six months of 2021, Days of our Lives seemed to find its groove, balancing the kitsch, with the drama, and it all really got cooking with the Marlena Possession storyline 2.0 harkening back to its brilliance some 27 years later.  DAYS was clearly the most entertaining soap with a plethora of wink-winks to the audience, snappy dialog and humor, an excellent use of history, and a cast and a writing team that trusted the material and it paid off.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

The once mighty Y&R became the hardest show to sit through.  The storylines were boring, the pairings often felt like re-treads, the rooting factor was basically non-existent for anyone, and it gets our pick for the Most Disappointing Soap. When you have an A-list cast with some of the finest actors in the genre in one place, and the stories just aren’t there for them, and many scenes feel like they go nowhere, it’s a head-scratcher!  The show needs a boost of adrenaline.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

Truly, the most enjoyable, fun romp of the year in soaps.  It had to be a hoot and a half for head writer, Ron Carlivati, and his team to develop this five-episode story about the missing gems from the Alamainian Peacock.  There were the inside Lisa Rinna jokes including: integrating the infamous RHOBH ‘drink in face’ fight with Eileen Davidson recreated ‘Beyond Salem’ style, plus Sonny, Will, and Chad in drag, Leo saving the day, Charles Shaughnessy back as twins Drew and Shane, Peter Porte as an uptight spy who turns out to be a VonLeuschner, and it was all so kitschy, in a genius kind of way that it left us wanting more.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

Scene after scene in 2021, Laura Wright did some of the finest work of her daytime career, and that is saying something, because she has already delivered so many memorable performances.  But this year, whether it was: a grieving Carly grappling with the loss of her beloved Sonny, stepping up and taking control of the mob, her complicated relationship with Jason, and falling back in love with him, and then the return of a very much alive Sonny and the volatile relationship with her nemesis, Nina Reeves, Laura had the material day after day, and gave us 110% as an actress through it all. Bravo!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

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

Cynthia Watros – Nina and Mike in Nixon Falls – General Hospital

Camryn Grimes – Mariah’s kidnapping and aftermath – The Young and the Restless

Lisa LoCicero – Olivia finds out Alexis and Ned had sex – General Hospital

These four actresses along with Laura Wright may just be vying for the Daytime Emmy in 2022 whether it be in Lead or Supporting.  Each one of these women delivered complex performances within their storylines … Melissa Claire Egan as stroke victim, Chelsea, who gets her revenge on Adam and Sharon that comes with consequences, Cynthia Watros for her brilliant work opposite Maurice Benard and the Tan-O gang and its aftermath in Port Charles, Camryn Grimes, whose scenes by herself in lock-up (in a storyline we hated), after being kidnapped while pregnant were well-done, and the hurt of longing for the baby she carried months later showed why she remains one of the strongest actresses on daytime, and there was Lisa LoCicero for the heartbreaking moments as Olivia finds out that Ned slept with Alexis and then the volatile showdown between the two women over the tryst. All deserved mentions in our year-end honors.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE 

Kirsten Storms – Maxie frames Peter and reveals she knows of his deception – General Hospital

While in the hospital, Maxie, pretending she lost her baby, in an effort to get Peter to admit to his crimes, was played by pure brilliance by Kirsten Storms.  Finally, taking control of the situation, Maxie records Peter’s confession of those he murdered on her phone which she sends to Mac. All along the way telling Peter how disgusted she is by him. Best line though, “I would say you’re as bad as your father, but you’re not. At least, Faison was an evil genius. You’re just some cheap imitation knockoff.” Got that right!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

While the “Mike” in ‘Nixon Falls’ story went on too long, it provided Maurice Benard with an opportunity to show another side of a character then mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and pair him with another leading lady, Cynthia Watros, to form a potential new couple.  All of this on top of Benard’s scenes with Sonny’s wife, Carly (whose relationship has now hit the skids) provided this three-time Daytime Emmy winner a backdrop to do something different, and prove once again, that he is still the finest actor in the genre.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Patrick Stuart – Valentin Cassadine – General Hospital

Whether it be romancing Anna, (and sharing scenes with the fabulous Finola Hughes,) or trying to take down Peter August, or his machinations with the Quartermaines, or being duped by Brook Lynn, and his devastation over finding out that ‘Bailey’ was not his biological daughter, we always enjoy all things JPS.  He delivers episode to episode and continues to make Valentin’s reactions and actions intriguing.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Ted King – Jack admits to Li his secret about Sheila and Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

It has been great to see Ted King back on daytime.  The former GH and OLTL star always delivered in his scenes, and he had his moment to shine in 2021, when Jack admitted to his wife, Li that he lied all of these years about their son, Finn.  In actuality, Jack had a fling with the dangerous and psychotic, Sheila Carter and he is Finn’s true biological father.  The whole situation was made all the more heartbreaking because Li believed they adopted the little boy, when in truth, Jack covered-up his tryst for decades.  King played all the beats in these key scenes.  He was understated in his performance, and this went under the soap press radar, but you could see all the pain in Jack’s eyes, thanks to Ted King’s work.  Sometimes less is more in front of the camera.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY LONG-RUNNING VETERANS

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

Doug as the devil was delicious! Julie standing up to MarDevil was a moment! The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winners had the opportunity to act in great scenes about faith, strength and love, played to perfection by these two television treasures. Their work provided some of the most memorable moments during Satan’s return to Salem.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This year, Kelly Thiebaud truly got to show all the facets of Dr. Britt Westbourne. When she was afraid to know and then learned she had the marker for Huntington’s Disease, her struggle with the information and falling for Jason Morgan, then losing him, made this once Port Charles bad girl, someone we truly, truly cared about. In addition, Britt’s scenes of grief with Carly over Jason’s ‘death’ and more, made Kelly’s performances must-see daytime TV.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ON-SCREEN BREAK-UP

Michelle Stafford – Phyllis Summers – The Young and the Restless

No one can deliver the kind of ‘balls-to-the-wall’ performance that Y&R’s Michelle Stafford can. She did it again, in a series of powerful and heartbreaking scenes, where Phyllis realizes she will always be Nick’s second choice to the Newman family. Combine that with Nick knowing that Phyllis’ feelings for her ex, Jack Abbott are back, it was combustion central for ‘Phick’ and they ended their relationship.  Stafford should remember this scene come Emmy submission time!

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

I mean, everyone was so much fun to watch! From Eileen Davidson, Rinna, Jackie Cox, Greg Rikaart, Shaughnessy, Zach Tinker, the list goes on, and it truly was the best ensemble performance of the year, and it looked like everyone had a great time being part of the limited series.

BEST FEUD

Nina Reeves and Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

When Carly went at Nina over Nelle’s ‘death’ on a phone call, just as Nina found Sonny alive and well in Nixon Falls, it set up a series of events that had now pitted these two powerhouse women against each other, and the feud is one of the best on daytime due to Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright’s performances.

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BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

When Satan comes to town and inhabits Marlena, the MarDevil comes out to play and terrorized everyone in Salem with delicious venom and we were here for it!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Mike Manning – Charlies Dale – Days of our Lives

Mike Manning made Charlie creepy and misunderstood, and someone everyone in town wanted dead, and eventually he met his maker in a solid “Whodunit?”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall looked like she was having the time of her life, chewing the scenery as Satan and getting to take a pause from being the moral center of DAYS to be able to do and say things “Doc” would never utter out of her mouth: including calling her own daughter’s Belle and Sami “sluts’’. HA!

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BEST UNEXPECTED SCENE

Susan and EJ in the hospital – Days of our Lives

After the devil made mince-meat out of Susan Banks, she recovered in the hospital where her son EJ sat by her side.  When Susan said she was willing to sacrifice herself to save her son from Satan, it brought with it an unexpected mother/son scene we never saw previously between the grown-up EJ and Susan, and played by two actors who were both successful recasts in their roles. Cheers to Stacy Haiduk and Dan Feuerriegel.

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BEST COMEBACK

Cameron Mathison back to ABC Daytime

The All My Children fan favorite (Ex-Ryan Lavery), turned host, turned Hallmark and GAC Family star, returned to ABC Daytime decades later where it all started for him, this time as a recast Drew Cain on GH.  Now, while his story on General Hospital is just getting started, we think Mathison will fit in nicely with the cast that he has admired so much, and on the show, he has dreamt of appearing on. Welcome home, Cam!

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WORST EXIT

Linsey Godfrey – Sarah Horton – Days of our Lives

To facilitate Linsey Godfrey’s exit from DAYS, the writers once again fell back into old tricks, or should we say, old prosthetic masks! This time, Kristen pretended to be Sarah to sleep with Rex, and break-up her relationship to Xander, even though Kristen and Sarah are nowhere near the same height. Then, Sarah is put in a steamer trunk and snuck her out of Salem. What???????

WORST EXIT HONORABLE MENTION

Kim Delaney – Jackie Templeton – General Hospital

We love Kim Delaney, and all of a sudden, her heralded return to soaps and GH, came to an abrupt end after the entire “Who is Harrison’s real bio-dad” story and apparently Jackie Templeton left Port Charles.  We guess to do some cracker-jack reporting?? Dunno.

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MOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS

Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan – The Bold and the Beautiful

With two of daytime’s all-time baddies back on the canvas, you would think that B&B would have hit a homerun, but so far, it’s been a wait and see approach, as fans long for the days that Sheila and Deacon perpetrate bad deeds on people for their own gain.  However, we may be in luck! Looks like Sheila might be finally digging her psychotic heels into Brooke with the NYE booze switch, while Deacon seduced Brooke. Jury is out! B&B…  don’t botch this!

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WORST RETURN

Sean Carrigan – Stitch – The Young and the Restless

This was so predictable …and so bad.  Former fan favorite, Sean Carrigan returns as Stitch and everyone had already figured out, (even before he set foot on the airshows), that he would be the culprit – the person who had kidnapped a pregnant Mariah. Then later, we get his twisted reasoning for holding a preggers woman captive, apparently, because of his love and past with Abby. All of this made no sense for this character.

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WORST HIT AND RUN

Liam runs over Vinny in Bill’s car – The Bold and the Beautiful

This storyline, which went on for months, had Liam and Bill covering up their tracks after mowing down bad boy Vinny, who just happened to be walking out in the middle of the road at night at the exact time Bill’s car showed up.  Trouble is, it turned out to be a suicide storyline? Apparently, Vinny sacrificed himself for his buddy Thomas, so Thomas could get closer to Hope, and that’s after switching paternity results to make it look like Liam was Hayes’ father, not Finn! While we had liked Joe LoCicero as Vinny, this ending was a bad comeuppance, and even though Scott Clifton and Don Diamont acted their hearts out episode after episode, in the end the story came to a screeching halt and thud. Wasn’t there even a PSA for suicide prevention after the reveal???

MOST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Elizabeth learns about Jason’s ‘death’ off-screen – General Hospital

Liz shares a son with the guy, and Rebecca Herbst does not get any screen-time to show Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s supposed death? C’mon now!!

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BEST RECAST LIMITED SERIES

Zach Tinker – Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

We were very impressed with Zach Tinker’s version of Sonny Kiriakis; and that right out of the gate he was dealt some very heavy emotional scenes in ‘Beyond Salem’ when Sonny believed Will was cheating on him. Zach replaced longtime fan favorite, Freddie Smith, and a new version of “WilSon” was born.

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BEST RECAST 

Dan Feuerriegel  –  EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Dan has brought his A-game as the recast EJ DiMera; a role that was made so wildly popular when played by James Scott, but Feuerriegel is putting his own spin on the part and making it work.

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BEST RETURN LIMITED-RUN

Blake Berris – Nick Fallon – DAYS Halloween episode/Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

Berris is a very fine actor and it was on display twice! First, in DAYS zombie-Halloween episode when the MarDevil awakens evil from their graves! It is then, Nick is back in action terrorizing Gabi, and then in the flip in the Peacock Holiday special, Nick is very much alive, playing the longing suitor for Gabi’s affections, Berris should come back to DAYS as Nick’s twin, Mick! Can we make that happen DAYS writing team?

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BEST NEW CHARACTER

Paulina Price – (played by Jackée Harry) – Days of our Lives

Writing a role for Jackée, and playing to her strengths; while ramping up the Price family back-story was a triple win for Days.

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BEST NEWCOMER

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

Fans took notice and instantly fell in love with Nicholas’ work as a SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine.  Spencer’s return was one of the best of 2021, which showed the emotional damage done to the young man who has a vengeful streak willing to go up against the likes of his father Nikolas, Ava, and Valentin while pining for Trina, and being shoe-horned into a relationship with evildoer, Esme.  Good stuff!

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BEST TRIBUTE

John Reilly Tribute – General Hospital

When GH was able to get the one and only Sharon Wyatt (Ex-Tiffany Hill) to do a voice-over, and John Reilly’s daughter, Caitlin, acting and central to the story all the while paying homage to the spy stories of the past, it was a solid episode to honor one of the shows most beloved all-time cast members.

BIGGEST WASTE OF AIRTIME

Jesse Gaines – The Young and the Restless

Weeks of being held up in Italy in a room, threatening to expose Ashland’s past, but it was all a set up, and by the end of it, who cared! Anyone?

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BEST GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Linda Dano – Vivian Alamain – Days of our Lives

Although it was short-lived and Louise Sorel did not return to be part of the plot, we loved seeing Linda Dano back on daytime; even for a short blip, and this time taking on the role of Vivian Alamain.  She’s still one of the best of the best.

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Peter August – General Hospital

Line -em-up! GH’s Peter August deserved a thousand of these! Where do we start???? Peter August has escaped the once-smartest spies, killed multiple key characters, held some captive, obsessed over Maxie and their baby, and everyone wants him dead-dead.  We can’t think of anyone who deserves to be bitched slapped by one person after the other in Port Charles than Peter AKA Henrik!

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CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whenever she could, Steffy bitch-slapped Sheila to kingdom come, once the evil one showed up at Steffy’s wedding to Finn and the fallout. We assume, Sheila grabbed an icebag after those bops to the face?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Adam Huber – Liam Ridley – Dynasty

Playing off scenes with his on-screen love interest, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) has let Huber show other facets to his character of Liam. Now we enjoy the guy!

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington – Dynasty

Fallon makes CW’s Dynasty go-round, and whether it be drama, high camp or musical moments, Elizabeth Gillies is the star of the show and can be anywhere else she chooses to go!

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BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Still the ‘soap on steroids’ with all the tropes including: bombshells and double-crossing of a double-crossing, you will need a scorecard each episode to follow along which character does the most despicable thing … but we are here for it!

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Sonny and Carly – General Hospital

Nothing went right in 2021 for ‘CarSon’.  Sonny was presumed dead for a good portion of the year, believing he was a man named ‘Mike” and living a life in Nixon Falls and falling for a deceitful Nina Reeves.  Carly stepped up and in for Sonny to protect the Corinthos mob territory by originally having a marriage-arrangement with Jason.  However, Carly and Jason found themselves falling for each other again circa the 90’s, and on their wedding night, as they were about to have sex, Sonny shows up alive and well. Now, Sonny has been all confused for his feelings for Nina since regaining his memory, Jason is ‘dead, and the relationship has blown apart and it looks like the end of the line… for now for this storied duo.

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WORST WEDDING

Kyle and Summer– The Young and the Restless

Not only did the popular duo of ‘Skyle’ exit the canvas, they got married off-camera, so no one saw the long-awaited nuptials … and the two actors, Michael Mealor and Hunter King … left the show after reports of contract negotiations falling through.

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BEST COUPLE IN THE MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Everyone is loving the on-screen chemistry played by Sydney Mikayla and Nicholas Alexander Chavez as Trina and Spencer.  Now will they be headed for a romance in 2022?

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WORST COUPLE AND MOST BORING COUPLE

Michael and Willow – General Hospital

These two are double winners this year! Michael Corinthos and Willow Tait have become so boring that GH is now coming up with ways to instigate trouble between them that it is so apparent to the audience and you can see it coming a mile away.  Chad Duell and Katelyn MacMullen are very good actors, they just aren’t an exciting pairing as Michael and Willow. Break them up for good, already!

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BEST COUPLE

Sami and Lucas – Days of our Lives

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have a long and enduring friendship, and an on-screen partnership that just works so well.  Many loved seeing ‘Lumi’ reconnect in 2021.  Sami, of course, despondent over EJ, sleeps with Lucas and thus starts the story, but it was all done with great flashbacks, comedy and more. What will happen in 2022 when Sami finds out Lucas was the one who kidnapped her? It probably will end any possibility of them ever becoming a bonafide couple, as it looks like EJami is the end game.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Nancy Lee Grahn – Alexis Davis – General Hospital

“I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate!” True that! In a well-crafted story, Nancy Lee Grahn celebrated her 25th anniversary on GH with a special episode dedicated to Alexis. In a therapy session with Kevin, we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looked over in the corner of the room at a vision of her younger self crying.  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, forgave herself, so she could move on with her life after being guilt-ridden for the death of her mother and the cruelty of her father.  Beautiful work from La Grahn!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

James Reynolds – Abe Carver – Days of our Lives

James Reynolds might be going for his second Lead Actor Emmy after this performance. In it, and to honor the actor’s 40th anniversary as Abe Carver on DAYS, the show had Abe shot and then flatlining which means … Abe was going to the light. While there, he meets up with his beloved ex-wife Lexie and while the audience is shown flashbacks of their life together, it’s Reynolds acting against an actress (who’s face is unseen, since Renee Jones was unavailable for the episode) that brought all the heart and the drama, which is why we in-turn are invested in the life of Abe Carver. And, don’t we all grab for the hankies when James brings the tears?

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BEST STORYLINE

The Devil Returns to Salem – Days of our Lives

While for many they found this story ridiculous, we found ourselves wanting to fast-forward through episodes of DAYS just to get to all the moments of Marlena’s possession 2.0 and all that came with it! From the outlandish dialog, the special effects soap-style, how MarDevil served up revenge by morphing into OG Kristen, or taking looney-tunes Jan Spears and morphing her into Belle, plus having a “Rosemary’s Baby” angle to boot with a Cin baby on the way … and more, it was fun to see what happened next.  The best twist was letting the audience think that Doug had dementia when he actually had been possessed by the devil which then allowed Satan to take over Marlena.  And didn’t we all love the exorcism episode, too? Great use of history, camp, and it allowed for some solid performances from longtime vets that had to be having too much fun playing those scenes.

WORST STORYLINE MOMENT

Paris’ laxatives ruin her romantic evening with Zende – The Bold and the Beautiful

In an effort to thwart her sister’s budding romance with Zende Forrester, Zoe puts laxatives in the smoothie she gave to her sister, Paris, which gave her gas and an upset tummy during her date. Enough said.

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WORST STORYLINE

Eric’s ED and giving permission for Quinn and Carter to have sex – The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful had the opportunity to truly tell a story about Erectile Dysfunction in older men, but instead made it ridiculous and tried to justify it. While we absolutely love Lawrence Saint-Victor and Rena Sofer as Carter and Quinn, and John McCook as Eric, are we expected to believe that Eric would give permission for his wife to carry on her affair with the stud that is Carter because he can’t please her anymore in the bedroom? But that’s actually nothing compared to the Donna “honey” scene, which got Eric all riled up and fixed his problem, complete with music bed crescendo.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST and CHARACTER WHO NEEDS TO GET HIS COMEUPPANCE

Characters sacrificed to keep Peter August’s reign of terror continuing – General Hospital

Franco, Drew, Jason, and more have all at one time or another been killed or supposedly killed due to the machinations of Peter August.  Even after setting fire to The Tan-0 in Nixon Falls and jumping off a cliff or something, Peter escapes all the time, every time, every moment of every day.  Even the smartest all-time WSB agents including super spy, Anna Devane, can’t stay a step ahead of him. How can one evildoer have so much power? Don’t the good guys get a win, evah? Are we ready for the murder mystery of who permanently snuffed this guy out???

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BEST TEARJERKER

Baby Liam’s Death – General Hospital

It was controversial to have a little baby being taken off life-support over the holidays, but General Hospital went there. Within it, Liam’s parents struggled over what they had to do, and found themselves in inconsolable grief.  As young parents and a young couple trying to deal with the cards they were dealt, both Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Johnny Wactor (Brando) stepped up to the plate and gave us a 10-hankie moment culminating in  a visit from the late Mike Corbin (Max Gail), who takes baby Liam back to heaven with him.

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BIGGEST HEADLINE

Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton get fired from GH after not adhering to vaccine mandate

Both actors were willing to lose their jobs over their anti-vaxx stance during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Disney/ABC mandates all employees to be vaccinated.  While Burton shared one message on his reasons for not following the mandate, Rademacher has taken his stance to the media including to Tucker Carlson, and continued to rev up his social media with his views.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Cassandra James fires back at Ingo Rademacher for transphobic repost on social media

Trans actress, Cassandra James (Terry of General Hospital) took to social media in utter disappointment and disgust at one of her then co-stars, Ingo Rademacher, for a post he shared on his Instagram story from conservative author, Allie Beth Stuckley, which said, “Welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”  The picture on the left was that of Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, a transgender female who was sworn in as a four-star admiral. The picture on the right showed Virginia Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, a black woman, who is seen brandishing a weapon in her hands as part of campaign paraphernalia.

In a tweet on the matter, James shared: “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our ‘GH’ family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”   Mainstream media picked-up the story and many of Cassandra’s GH castmates took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with her.

Later, Rademacher took to his Instagram and apologized to James stating that he should have crossed out the word “dude” from the original post. He added, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

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BIGGEST DOOFUS 

Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sooo, a woman claiming to be your mother steps out of the shadows and shows up at your wedding.  Without really investigating her claims, you literally bring her to the Forrester mansion front door and introduce her as this ‘amazing thing that just happened’ not knowing that the woman, Sheila Carter, shot your bride’s mother and other people along the way.  Finn wins our doofus award for this scene alone!

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FIZZLE TO SIZZLE

Greg Rikaart – Kevin’s return on Y&R to Leo Stark’s re-emergence on DAYS 

On Y&R, Kevin was teaming up with Phyllis again and we thought that would go somewhere, but his returns to Genoa City have been written as lackluster, HOWEVER, Greg Rikaart really got to strut his stuff and have a field day playing Leo Stark on DAYS, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  Leo is the gift we never know we needed and Rikaart plays him to the hilt!

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MOST DISAPPOINTING CHARACTER

Phillip Kiriakis – Jay Johnson – Days of our Lives

This was one of the most disappointing returns making Phillip a sniveling dishrag dirtbag with no redeeming qualities at all, or did we miss something?

WORST CASE Of SOAP ABUSE

Overuse of special episodes – The Young and the Restless

Call the intervention squad! How many special episodes highlighting individual characters in a crisis of conscious can one soap fan sit-through?

BEST PROP

“Mike’s” Cowboy Hat – General Hospital

Sonny’s Nixon Falls amnesiac character “Mike” and his special buddy … his hat, were shown and mentioned in many a scene for months on end!

So, what did you think of our picks for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2021? Let us know in the comment section below if you agreed, or have you own choices for the categories above.

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