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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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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Star, Michael Nader Passes Away at 76

Heartbreaking news to report this Wednesday morning. Michael Fairman TV has learned exclusively that Michael Nader, best known for his role as “Dex” Dexter on ABC’s original version of Dynasty, and as Dimitri Marick on All My Children, has died at the age of 76.

Nader passed away on Monday, August 23rd at 11:30am from an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi by his side, and Michael’s rescue dog, Storm.

In an exclusive statement to MFTV, Michael’s wife, Jodi Lister expressed: “With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael.  We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. Recently, Michael was so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of Dynasty during Emma Samms virtual event to help raise funds for Long-Covid research. Michael was working on a book about his life and addiction at the time of his death.  He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills.  I will miss him forever.”

 

Michael’s acting career spanned several decades. His first soap role was that of Kevin Thompson on As the World Turns (1975-1978, then the primetime soap, Bare Essence (1983) as Alexi Theopolous, before landing on Dynasty later that year as Alexis Colby’s (Joan Collins) third husband, “Dex”.  Nader remained with the series until its cancellation in 1989.

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When All My Children came calling, Michael took on the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) magnetic husband, Dimitri Marick, a role he played from 1991-1999, then again in 2000-2001. Michael returned to AMC during Prospect Park’s online revival of the series in 2013.

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Throughout his TV and motion picture career Nader also appeared in: The Flash, Law and Order: SVU, Cold Case, Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, Lady Mobster (with Susan Lucci) the miniseries, Lucky Charms, to name but a few.

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Michael is survived by his wife of 18-years, Jodi, stepmother Lillian, sister Stephanie, daughter Lindsay, ex-wife Robin, son-in-law Trevor, and granddaughter Juniper.

A Zoom memorial will be planned at a later date.

Share your thoughts and remembrances of Michael, and send condolences to his loved ones, in the comment section below.

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