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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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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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