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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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Susan Lucci Joins the Cast of Jonah Hill’s Movie ‘Outcome’

Look who will be part of the ensemble cast in motion picture and film star Jonah Hill’s new film project! That’s right, none other than Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, All My Children).

According to Deadline, the daytime television icon joins other notables including Laverne Cox and David Spade who have been added to the cast of Outcome. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben, Guiding Light) and Cameron Diaz.

In Outcome, which is written by, and will be directed by Hill, the dark comedy centers around Reef (played by Reeves), a damaged Hollywood star who must dive into the dark depths of his past to confront his demons and make amends after he is extorted with a mysterious video clip from his past.

Photo: JPI

Soap fans know that following her iconic run as All My Children’s Erica Kane, Susan went on to be featured in Lifetime’s Devious Maids in the role of Genevieve Delatour.  Since her Pine Valley days ended (when AMC was canceled in 2012), Susan has appeared in numerous shows and made numerous appearances.  n December of 2023, Lucci was awarded the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Outcome will debut on Apple and is an Apple Studios production. The film marks the latest collaboration for Hill and Apple Original Films, who are also developing a Grateful Dead biopic with Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions, to be directed by Scorsese, with Hill starring in it and as one of the producers of the project, as well.

So, intrigued to see what kind of role Susan plays in Jonah Hill’s new film ‘Outcome’? Comment below.

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Jacob Young Shares Production Pic of Cast of His New Film Featuring Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin

Last month, during a livestream conversation on the Michael Fairman Channel, while promoting Jason Cook’s film, Four for Fun, and featuring soap notables Jacob Young (ex-AJ, AMC, ex-Lucky, GH, ex-Rick, B&B) and Brytni Sarpy (Y&R), Young revealed some intel on his upcoming movie project.

Jacob shared that he was set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film, Murder Between Friends shooting in Prague.

The actor/director expressed, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova). It’s very ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.”

Photos: JPI

Young is currently shooting the film’s principal photography abroad through April 17th.

Over the weekend, Jacob took to his Instagram to share a photo with the cast of the film where pictured is former Dynasty star, Joan Collins (ex-Alexis) and former Days of our Lives star, Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe). In addition, former All My Children star, Trent Garrett (ex-Asher) is seen in director-mode kneeling.

Trent and Jacob are both co-directors of Murder Between Friends Joan Collins shared the pic on her Instagram citing, “This was the #secret I posted about several weeks ago!”

So, looking forward to seeing Jacob’s film when it is released with Joan, Nadia, and company? Let us know in the comment section.

 

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Barbara Rush, ‘All My Children’ and ‘Peyton Place’ Actress, Dies at 97

Veteran Hollywood actress Barbara Rush, known to soap opera fans for her recurring roles on All My Children as Nola Orsini, and on Peyton Place where she played Marsha Russell, died at 97 on Sunday, March 31st.

Her passing was confirmed by Rush’s daughter, Fox News Channel senior correspondent Claudia Cowan. In a statement, Claudia shared, “My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening. I was with her this morning and know she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition. It’s fitting she chose to leave on Easter as it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family.”

Barbara had an extensive career in films and television that included roles in: It Came From Outer Space, The Goldbergs, 7th Heaven,  The Young Philadelphians, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Young Lions, Batman (TV series ), The Bionic Woman, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and so many others.

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From 1968 to 1969, she starred in 75 episodes on Peyton Place.  In 1980, Rush also appeared in NBC’s primetime soap opera, Flamingo Road taking on the role of Eudora Weldon, who’s adoptive daughter was played by Morgan Fairchild.

Then, in 1992, she was cast as All My Children’s Nola Orsini. In the storyline, Tad (Michael E. Knight) had amnesia and washed ashore from a river and wides up in California. He gets a job at Orsini Vineyards, where the owner, Nola Orsini (Rush), says that he is the spitting image of her missing son, Ted Orsini, who was kidnapped as a child, and insists Tad is him. She takes him in, trains him to run the vineyards, and makes him her heir, completely convinced he is her lost son, and the story unspooled from there.

Rush is survived by her two children the aforementioned Claudia Cowan, and  Christopher Hunter.

Share your condolences for and remembrances of Barbara Rush via the comment section below.

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