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The Best and Worst in Soaps 2008!

beststrip3.jpgIts time to look back at the past soap season and honor, “The Best and Worst in Soaps 2008”. Eligibility period is air shows and episodes from December 27, 2007 through December 27, 2008.  In some categories there are runner-ups and in others there are not.  In those cases. in categories where runner-ups appear they are not listed in a ranked order.

In a year fraught with so much controversary, so much negativity, and where at times the industry seemed to implode on itself, there still were plenty of remarkable and creative moments and plenty of moments and efforts that fell flat.  In the end, here’s who was left standing to take a bow as we ring in the new year.

Make sure to listen to the audio player below to hear Michael live last night on “Stardish Radio” where many of these awards were first announced.

Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps picks

Best Actress of the year

Susan Haskell, “OLTL”

Runner-ups:

Kimberly McCullough, “GH”

Jeanne Cooper, “Y&R”

Melody Thomas Scott, “Y&R”

Elizabeth Hubbard, “ATWT”

Erika Slezak,  “OLTL”

Kathy Brier, “OLTL”

Best Actor of the year

Trevor St. John, “OLTL”

Runner-ups:

Tristan
Rogers, “GH: Night Shift”

Jason Thompson,  “GH”

Eric Braeden, “Y&R”

Tyler Christopher, “GH”

Michael Easton, “OLTL”

Most Underated Actor

Joshua Morrow, “Y&R”

Most Underated Actress

Carolyn Hennesy, ”GH”

Best single performance in a storyline/Moment of the year, Male

Christian LeBlanc, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Y&R”

Best single performance by a
duo in a storyline

John-Paul Lavoisier and Robert Woods – 40th Anniversary Rex and Bo first episode in 1968, “OLTL”

Runner-up:

Victor and Nikki in Mexican bar fight over their demolished relationship, “Y&R”

Best Single performance
in a storyline/Moment of
the year, female

Erika Slezak – Viki visits Victor in his mausoleum and then tells Charlie she
was sexually abused by her father, “OLTL”

Most irritating soap character
Eden on “Y&R”

Runner-ups:

Tess, “OLTL”

Melanie,  “DAYS”

Lulu, “GH”

Claudia, “GH”

Jerry Jaks, “GH”

Sharon, “Y&R”

Ephinany, “GH”

Anna, “Y&R”

Worst performance by an Actor

Frank Parker, “DAYS”

Runner-ups:

Mario Von Peeples and Walt Willey “AMC”

Worst performance by an Actress

(TIE)

Levin Rambin (Ava) “AMC”

Tala Ashe (Ameera) “ATWT”

Worst Soap

“DAYS”

Best Soap

“OLTL”

Runner-ups:

“Y&R”

“GH: Night Shift “

Worst Written soap

“DAYS”

Best Written soap

“OLTL”

Best Breaking News story in the
soap world

Lynn Marie Latham clears out her desk
and Josh Griffith is fired paving
the way for “The Dream Team”, Paul
Rauch, Maria Arena Bell and Hogan
Sheffer, to restore “Y&R” to its glory.

Worst Breaking News story in the
soap world

Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are fired from “DAYS”, as Marlena and John, thus setting off a mainstream press frenzy about the declining state of soaps.

Best Couple

Patrick and Robin, “GH”

Worst Couple

Parker and
Liberty, “ATWT “

Runner-ups:

Paul and Meg, “ATWT”

Lucas and Chloe, “DAYS”

Victor and Sabrina, “Y&R”

Jared and Natalie, “OLTL”

Best Storyline

(TIE)

Sudden Impact, “Y&R”

Todd/Marty controversial pairing and fallout, “OLTL”

Worst Storyline

Jim Min Kim Murder, “Y&R”

Runner-ups:

Mendorra, “OLTL”

River and the ashram, “Y&R”

Lizzie’s kidnapping, “GL”

The Text Message Killer, “GH”

Robin video blogging about her
pregnancy, “GH”

Alison Perkins secret to tell Jessica that never was revealed “OLTL”

Noah marries Amera to keep her in the
country so she does not have to go back
to
Iraq, which breaks up Luke and Noah
in the middle of their romance… only to
have the storyline tank and having her
leave Oakdale, “ATWT”

Best comeback

Debbi Morgan, “AMC”

Runner-up:

Arianne Zuker, “DAYS”

Worst comeback

Darnell Williams, “AMC”

Runner-ups:

Genie Francis, “GH”

Andrea Evans, “OLTL”

Best Recast

Jeff Branson, “AMC”

Runner-ups:

Eric Martsolf, “DAYS”

Billy Miller, “Y&R”

Chris Stack, “OLTL”

Worst Recast

Briane Moncrief (Colby) “AMC”

Worst decision made by an
executive producer of a Soap

“ATWT”s” Chris Goutman for letting
Martha Bryne walk and not doing
everything in his power to woo her
back to the show.

Best decision made by an executive
producer of a soap

“OLTL’s”, Frank Valentini realizing that Christina Chambers did not work as Marty and doing everything in his power to bring back Daytime Award winner Susan
Haskell, to the role.

Runner-ups:

“DAYS”, Ken Cordy for killing off Pop Brady.

“GL’s” Ellen Wheeler for adjusting the camera shots and angles in the new production module, so they are not so close in the actors faces, which originally rendered beautiful people unwatchable.

Best Special Episode

Eileen Herlie Tribute ,“AMC”

Runner-up:

40th Anniversary episode- Viki goes back to heaven, “OLTL”

Biggest waste of talent

Robert Woods, “OLTL”

Runner-ups:

Nia Peeples, “Y&R”

Nancy Lee Grahn, “GH”

Ellen Dolan. “ATWT”

Best use of special effects

The helicopter ride in Angie and Jessie’s wedding, “AMC”

Worst use of special effects

Tornados ripping through
Pine Valley and having the characters look like cardboard cutouts against or within the CGI effects. “AMC”

Best New Actor

Mark Lawson, “OLTL”

Best actress in a new role on another soap

Elizabeth Hendrickson, “Y&R”

Runner-up:

Tamara Braun, “AMC”

Best actor in a new role on another soaps

Galen Gering, “DAYS”

Worst new characters

Vanessa Montez & Lola Montez, “OLTL”

Runner-up:

Marcus Walton, “B&B”

Petey Courtland, “AMC”

Worst Character

Grady, “GL”

Runner-up:

Ameera, “ATWT”

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES!

Character that we originally hated
in 2008, and then fell in love with
by the end of the year.

Kate Howard AKA Connie Falconari from Bensonhurst, “GH”

Character that we originally liked in 2008, and then hated in the end.

Adam Wilson ,“Y&R”

Shocking Plot Twist

Coop and Beth having a secret affair on “GL”

Sluttiest Male Character

(TIE)

Nick, “B&B”

Dr. Daniel, “DAYS”

Sluttiest Female Character

Alison, “ATWT”

Runner-ups:

Amanda, “AMC”

Tess, “OLTL”

Best Guest Performances

Tuc Watkins, “OLTL” -Male

Finola Hughes, “GH” – Fenale

Best Performance by a soap veteran who never gets a story

Peggy McKay, “DAYS”

Worst Business or corporate
storyline of the Year

Restless Style, ” Y&R”

Best Actress who has too much
material to juggle and makes
it all look good

Kim Zimmer, “GL”

Best Actress of another species:

Tallulah- “David Vickers, The Dog”, “OLTL”

Best ‘Goody-Two Shoes’ character
showing a backbone.

Luke Snyder, “ATWT”

Best Socially Concious Effort

(TIE)

Iraqi Vet, “AMC”

Starr’s Pregnancy, “OLTL”

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Cady McClain Remembers ‘All My Children’ On Its 50th Anniversary Sharing: “I Will Always Be Grateful For the Experience, and For The Lifelong Relationship With All The Fans”

The beloved All My Children first aired on January 5th, 1970 on ABC and ran on the network until it was canceled back in September of 2013.  The next year, the show received a short-lived reboot online via Prospect Park.

One of the actresses to appear in both the network and online version was Daytime Emmy winning actress Cady McClain, who became soap-famous for her role as Dixie Cooney Martin and together with Michael E. Knight, became one of soaps all-time popular duos as Tad and Dixie.

While so many miss All My Children every single day and the indelible characters created by the late, great Agnes Nixon, McClain took to her Instagram on Sunday to relate what the soap opera meant to her in her life.

Here is what Cady shared along with a cover of Soap Opera Digest featuring Michael Knight and herself as Tad and Dixie: “Today I am celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “All My Children”! I started on the show when I had just turned 19 in the fall of 1988. I worked as a contract player thru 1996. I was back in the fall of 1997 again under contract and worked through 2001. That’s roughly 13 years. Then I came back for a year in 2006, then for a couple months in 2012. Then I did the internet version for six weeks and then… the show was done.

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For many years this show and the people on it were like family to me. The makeup artists as much mom’s as my own mom to me at times. And thanks to the work I was able to afford some art school and college as well. I saw many great shows (both American and International) that came to NYC, which opened my eyes to what performance could be. It allowed me to do a lot of Off-Broadway theater and roles in five Indie films while working my day job.

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I was nominated three times and won my first Emmy. I made some lifelong friends like Michael E. Knight, James Patrick Stewart, Jill Larson, Penny Bergman, Julia Barr, Lonnie Quinn and many others both in front of and behind the scenes. And most importantly, I was able to take care of my wild but wonderful mother. ‘She who drove me nuts’ but impressed on me the importance of having art in ones life. Who read me poems and took me to museums. My child who died but who I so grateful to have known. Thank you ABC and all the producers and writers who supported me and my work. Because of your support my life was richer, broader, more interesting. I will always be grateful for the experience …. and for the lifelong relationship with all the fans! Massive shout out to the daytime fans who continue to support me in my projects. When I meet one of you on the street I am truly grateful for your time and that we got to share some really special moments together. . .”

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So, share your remembrances of All My Children and your thoughts on Cady’s sentiments via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Reveals How Her Son Chose NYU Due To The Consuelos Connection To Former Soap EP/ Director, Chris Goutman

Last week on an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the former star of All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) told Ryan Seacrest how a chance meeting when her son, Michael was deciding where to go to college; between her, Michael, and Chris Goutman (Ex-Executive Producer As the World Turns and former director, All My Children) changed the course of Michael’s creative and academic path.

Turns out that Goutman is now working over at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts as an assistant professor and academic director.

During their banter on the talk show, Kelly revealed that Goutman directed the screen-test that landed Mark Consuelos the role of Mateo on All My Children, and thus how Ripa met her real-live enduring lovematch.

Ripa explained that Michael was waiting for a sign as to which college to go to as he liked most of the places he saw.  Then came the sign as Ripa explained to Seacrest: “We’re walking down the hallway and I hear a voice I know say, ‘Consuelos!’ “He turns around and I see Chris Goutman, who was our director at All My Children … I worked with him for 11 years.”

Ripa says Chris then expressed to Michael: “You have to come here, because I am the reason you literally exist.”

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Ripa is reportedly also working on a film for the class, as well.  Watch what Kelly shared below.

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Then let us know your thoughts on the story Kelly told via the comment section below.

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Y&R, AMC and GL Alum, Jeff Branson Featured In New AppleTV+ Drama, ‘For All Mankind’

Daytime Emmy winner, Jeff Branson is featured in a new drama coming your way on the new AppleTV+ platform.  Branson takes on the role of famous astronaut Neil Armstrong in For All Mankind.

At the epicenter of the story is NASA and the Soviet space program as they square off in the space race of the 1970s.  But this has a twist, America has lost the race and tensions boil over between the two nations.

The main focus in the series is the lives of the astronauts and the personal and professional relationships they encounter. For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams.

Branson is fondly remembered in soapland for his performances as Ronan Malloy on The Young and the Restless, Jonathan Randall on All My Children, and Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light.

For All Mankind is created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi.

In addition to Branson the cast includes: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones and Jodi Balfour. General Hospital’s Jason David (Aiden Spencer) also appears in the series.

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The first season streams on on AppleTV+ beginning on November 1st, with the second season of the series “all systems go”.

Watch the teaser for the series and interviews with some of the cast including: what Branson had to share about playing Neil Armstrong below.

Then let us know, would you love to see Jeff back on the soaps? Will you be checking out the new streaming service featuring For All Mankind and check out Jeff’s performances? Comment below.

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