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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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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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