Connect with us

The Young and the Restless

74

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Hilary, Lily, Charlie … Car Crash!

Courtesy/CBS

Tragedy strikes on Wednesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless!

It all starts to unravel when at the end of her live show broadcast, Hilary (Mishael Morgan) signs off with an emotional, yet cryptic message noting how things are changing, and not knowing what will happen next. What is Hillary referring to?

Later at Devon (Bryton James) and Hilary’s penthouse, as Shauna (Camryn Hamm), and Charlie (Noah Alexander Gerry) are about to have sex, they are busted when Lily (Christel Khalil) shows up! Shauna, who has run down the stairs is given an earful by Lily.  She tells Shauna she’s a bad influence on her son.  Just then, Hilary arrives.  Shauna says that Hilary knew Charlie and her were going to rendezvous.

Hilary calls out Lily for being an uptight prude.  Once again, these two begin a battle of barbs that this time will be life-altering.  Lily fires back that she feels sorry for Shauna and for the baby Hilary’s carrying.  All of a sudden Charlie is beside himself that Shauna ran out and he has to find her.

Now searching for Shauna in the car, Lily is driving as Hilary continues to ramp up the bickering from the front seat passenger side.  Charlie is in the backseat.

READ MORE
Y&R's Peter Bergman Talks 30 Years Of Jack Abbott, His Co-Stars, And His Gratitude

Hilary reminds Lily she was no saint at Shauna’s age! Lily has heard enough and she barks that Devon having a baby with Hilary is the worst idea, ever!  She goes on to tell Hilary she has no business being a mother.  All of a sudden a loud horn is heard, and their car is smashed in to, with the passenger side being the first to get hit!

Watch the car crash scene below.  Then let us know, what you think will happen to Hilary, Lily and Charlie in the fallout from this tragic moment via the comment section below.

Leave a comment | 74 Comments
Advertisement

74
Leave a Reply

avatar
36 Comment threads
38 Thread replies
46 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
46 Comment authors
Suzanne JohnsonJuneKayeDreama hayDreama hay Recent comment authors
newest oldest
Mister Media
Mister Media

I thought it was a great episode today. I think Hilary will lose the baby as a prelude to Mishael Morgan’s exit. Lily will be blamed for the accident and its aftermath by her family, especially Cane and Charlie. Although I like the actor, it would make great story to have Charlie killed in the accident. We’d deal with Lily’s guilt, Cane’s grief and Mattie’s loss of her twin sibling.

Lorraine Bannarn
Lorraine Bannarn

That would be to harsh to harsh especially with today’s climate!

Kaye
Kaye

No pint in killing Charlie. …who will Devon leave his money to?

Lynn
Lynn

Michael Morgan Must Get Killed in the Crash Sence She is Leaving The Show

Cynthia Giannelli
Cynthia Giannelli

I think she looses the baby then leaves town with the friend she was with in the bar

Alberto Guajardo
Alberto Guajardo

Wow, great effects! I knew the crash was coming, but it still shocked me.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Had anyone read that Hilary is being killed off? I know M.M is leaving, but I am wondering why they would be writing all this new stuff for her, only to kill her off. Its more likely, she’ll linger in a coma, as did Phyllis, and then bring her back,voila, new Hilary!

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

Now I would be ok with this storyline. They could always have another baby later or she could be so injured to where lily would have to carry the baby.

Lee
Lee

Lily is unable to carry a child, she had uterine or ovarian cancer and had to have a complete hysterectomy. Mac (Kay Chancellor’s granddaughter) carried the twins Maddie & Charlie for Cane & Lily.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I forgot about that. Well, I think lily needs to pay someway and they bring back another Hillary to bring back the feistiness that will be gone from this show.

Jovin
Jovin

Lily is completely gutted and barren. Mackenzie had to carry her kids for her.

Susan
Susan

Really..sick description of a hysterectomy because of cancer!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Wow,I guess that’s one way to put it!

Michelle
Michelle

I think something happens to either Hillary or Lily I’m going more with Hillary and maybe they need her organs to save Charlie and that is why male was crying and Devon

Celia
Celia

Amazing post, Lew….parroting my thoughts here.

k/kay
k/kay

Reports are she dies who knows ? No scenes with Devon I was never a fan but they did have a fan base but MY is putting the final nail in the coffin! You know things are bad when actors are tweeting hey aren’t our stories great ! Ugh

k/kay
k/kay

Well Celia I hope you did not jump on board the Sharon and Nick train like I did because that gets blown up next week ! I guess JM got his way gets to have a live scene with another actress Lordy I wish I ran this soap so off my DVR and back to Netflix I go! Better series anyway

Celia
Celia

Oh, Kay, my lovely friend….I’ve been on the Sharon and Nick train for fifteen years ( when I was just fourteen, LOL)….never got off.
Too bad, right, Kay?…. I thought this was it for them; at last!!
But, Nick had to go and mess it all up…..not that Sharon has been sincere with him, either—what a travesty—
What are the chances for Adam to return? Would he and Sharon hook up? Again?
Dashed hopes. I think I’ll write a storyline for Y&R and send it to the Network. HaHa!!

k/kay
k/kay

The sad thing for me is they were the last super couple Bill Bell wrote for I knew better to get sucked in! Can’t waych this silly stuff they destroyed Sharon for years but Nick is no prize so maybe it is time to move on

k/kay
k/kay

You know if it was true live he would have confuded in her and she him I always felt the last few months of Burton’s run that he and Case were great together. Then he moved back to GH to play robot man and well so it goes

k/kay
k/kay

Oh Celia I have been watching this show since I was a kid I still love Terry Lester as Jack I can’t support what is being done we had a chance Kay Alden and Sally were trying to bring it back they gave them ten months and then boom here comes Mal who knows nothing about the history of this show ! I love this show and breaks my heart that they are once again destroying it I am hanging in there but it’s tough I keep thinking someone had to hear our screams you can still find old episodes ion you tube it was so great then! I will not wish them ill will but not sure I can keep watching a train wreck very sad

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

It’s like the writers don’t know what will keep us on the edge of our seats. They can bring in Jack’s other son but they won’t.

k/kay
k/kay

By the way who was taking care of that baby Christian ?? You know while he was screwing Phyllis oh yeah he is a great psrebt

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I read Adam is coming back because Victor and Asley are both leaving. Jack is Victor’s brother.

Dreama Hay
Dreama Hay

I knew that a couple months ago when is jack going to find out?

Mira Jourdin
Mira Jourdin

Hillary never should leave the show. She is one of the best character on this show. I love her. She is very good actress. She should stay forever.

Satan
Satan

Well, he owns the clinic, doesn’t he? I would think that could get him a priority appointment, if he needed one. Though I’d rather he got the same treatment Jason got over there….. knock his ass out with drugs and strap a mask on his face so we don’t have to hear him whine again.

Michael
Michael

I believe so, but I’m so sick of these recycled storylines.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

Speak the truth. Me too.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I agree. She brings fire.

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

Yes,HILARY kept it Real and she had Fire and she was pretty/and Classic

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

I agree with you..Devon and Hilary was beginning to be a love story

Gloria Jean Williams
Gloria Jean Williams

YesI love her to I hope she don’t leave

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

And here is where Mishael’s exit story begins…

Robyn Vitelli
Robyn Vitelli

I’m deeply scared that Charlie is going to die and that’s why “Cane and Lily will never be the same” and why Neill was crying so hard. I assume Hillary will lose the baby and leave GC in despair or die herself, since she is leaving the show. #Godihopecharlieisok

Norie
Norie

Happy that we Canucks are a day ahead of you Yanks. So we know what’s happened already. Na nana na na….

Mark Y
Mark Y

How did that happen?

Dyanna McILwain
Dyanna McILwain

Hilary will loose baby and die or leave to get away from everyone to be with this other guy as for Nick he is turning out just like his fatheŕ finally someone stands up to Victor as for Jack I think he will find out he is not a chancellor

Maisie
Maisie

Unfortunately shr doesn’t make it and Lily will be facing charges and possible prison time for running a stop light causing a drsth.

Momo
Momo

I guess Charlie wasn’t paying attention to the road either. I would have been and then said something to Lily. Why didn’t he say, “Mom, keep your eyes on the road?” Even if I were arguing with someone while driving, I wouldn’t need to look at them.

Special effects were great. How did they do that?

k/kay
k/kay

I never will be able to stand the character of Lilly again she is disgusting when was it her job to control Devon and she has taken that stupid Cane back a million times those two make me sick the fact they have a fan base amazes me . I hope someone slaps her stupid whiny mouth she is ignorant and no she is not even close to being Drucilla’d daughter

k/kay
k/kay

So spoilers say Hilary is still alive glad to hear that her and Devon get a exit story ! But I am sure they will make her the villain !

Helen Shehane
Helen Shehane

yea who????

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

You Right ,but that what wrong with The Young and the Restless..Hilary wasn’t at fault that SELF Righteous Lily was are both.Lily can do no Wrong.She is a Hypocrite on this Show.Lily should have been paying attention to the Road.Will Lily be Charged by Police?

k/kay
k/kay

You introduce Nate and the guy never has a shirt on??! Yep I would want him to be my doctor!!! NOT

Cathy
Cathy

As always Hillary’s mouth never stops..maybe she will pay price but doubt it…more than likly Charlie will be hurt or die….and Lily will be blamed.

Mira Jourdin
Mira Jourdin

It is Lily with her big mouth and she should be blamed. Last two years she made too many mistakes and her slammy husband. She should change or go out. Hillary is a bright and smart.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I watch this show for the drama and the romance. I’ve been watching for over 40 years. Why are y’all killing off some of the best characters. Why couldn’t you have Hillary leave and come back as someone else. We know when this show kills off characters and you don’t show the body i.e. Drucilla, malcolm and Adam, their character can be resurrected. Why not do the same for Hillary? I love the Hillary and Devon storyline. This is just dumb in my opinion. There aren’t any other characters who can bring a fire and spark like them.

Cathy
Cathy

Hillary’s character is much needed on the show. WHY COULDNT SHE HAVE BEEN RECAST. You bring in New character Shauna, wht happens with her? Lily is annoying as hell. Please do something exciting with Summer, like give her a great job on the other side of the work,and let Jack get Red back. Can’t stand billy,he’s not even good for himself. But I do like Phyllis n Nick. Can’t tolerate Sharon. Wht will happen when Phyllis discovers her daughter is a real snake? will she leave billy or will billy have self control n not sleep with his girlfriend’s snake daughter

Brenda Lowery
Brenda Lowery

I didn’t know Hilary was leaving the show. But I just saw today’s show, and it looks like Hilary died and didn’t make it. Wow! I wish I knew who that mystery guy is who she met with earlier. What’s his deal?

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

I think it’s Awful to take Hilary out the show like that and I’m at work around more than a100 people’s almost all of us FEELS the same way and than not to have Devon there just Awful some of my co-workers are debating if we will continue to watch the show. People’s are tired of SELF Righteous Lily and than for her and her son not to have a scratch on them unreal.This show begin to suck.The best thing it have going for it right now if Nick take down Victor and his sister.Which Victoria is not loyal to Nick and he must see that.For once let Nick,Abby and Jack Win.Somebody needs to Safe this Show the rating will fall. The love story between Devon and Hilary woulda been great.No one Billy back with Victoria. Furthermore, how could the writers in their right mind give that baby of Nick to his dad Victor???It DON’T Make Sense after the history Victor have.Sorry but frontline the writers at this moments. Instead of bring Summer back you should have brought Adam back..(Muhney are someone’s else Adam is the key to this story Now and that is who should take over for Victor ONCE he Retired..(Muhney) are someone like him.Now I feels the show should have done everything in their powers to KEEP Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan)and I do feel as OTHERS the show is low down for taking her out this way.Now I have a Question DO are is The Young and Restless Prejudice to black people’s. Lily, after all is marry to a white person and she may be mix. I FELT LIKE HILARY WAS THE BETTER ACTRESS EVEN BETTER THAN MARIAH ALTHOUGH MARIAH WON A AWARD.SUMMER SHOULD HAVE STAY GOING SO WHAT REALLY GOING ON WITH SHOW?? THE RATINGS WILL DROP.I HAVE WATCH THIS SHOW SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND NOW I’M THINKING OF STOPPING WATCHING IT MYSELF. PEOPLE’S ARE ALSO TIRED OF NIKKI AND THE NEWMANS..NICK THE BEST ONE AND HIS HALF SISTER ABBY. I have been loyal to this Show and i know their are millions of PEOPLE’S out their some that feels the same way i do and others who may not. We all can admits the showl. is going down hill if some Changes are not May. THANKS

Susan Denney
Susan Denney

You had to drop that race card!!!!!

k/kay
k/kay

Not sure she was dropping the race card it took me a long time to adjust to Hillary but I think I knew where she was coming from at the end and everybody seems to forget Neil kept her captive and no one seems to mention it so do not be too quick to judge the actress had a lot thrown at her and stepped up to the plate personally I would have liked her to be paired with somebody else but not to be only wish her the best!

Dreama hay
Dreama hay

I believe Hillary’s contract was up and she wanted too much money

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Rita, while you have made some good arguments, that I agree with,especially MY, whom in my estimation is trying his best to get rid of Y&R, probably to install one of his British creations.
He has systematically ruined or changed every key character. I do not blame Nick for trying to compete with Victor, with his latest endeavour. I do blame his disloyal mother, sister and fiance, for not at least understanding what he is trying to do. It may not be right with him finding a little solace, and sympathy, Phyllis style, but he can be weak, where she’s concerned. I do not agree with most Adam fans. He is not the answer to this show’s salvation. He is as evil as old dad, if not worse. Look up his history of the horrible things he’s done, starting with gas-lighting Ashley,causing her to lose her child, then stealing Sharon’s baby and giving her to Ashley, out of guilt.There’s much more that new-comers don’t know, and others would rather forget,where Adam is concerned. Ashley and Hilary are both leaving of their own accord, and who can blame them? I’d rather lose Lily and that horny husband. I am not sure about Nate yet, just wish he’d put on a damn shirt. I think we all know by now , he’s built like a a brick you know what! I also think he jumped the gun with Hilary’s surgery. Seeing as how there are quite a few people of color, on the show, I didn’t understand your comment about that. I don’t care for Shauna either, but wouldn’t ,if she was green or purple.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m nearly as bummed over Mishael leaving as I was when Billy Miller and Michael Muhney left. I hope she shows up on GH or DAYS…or even a quality nighttime or cable series. That said, is anyone as SICK TO DEATH as I am over Lily’s endless moralizing?! She acts like Charlie disemboweled Shauna! We all know sex is a big deal especially when it’s our kids, but she was WAY over the top. So tired of her hypocrisy and her pompous (albeit gorgeous) husband’s terrible treatment of Jack. They act like they’re not even human!

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

The storyline for Jack is pitiful. If you want ratings, just finally bring out that he’s Victor’s half brother. Also, the summer storyline is stupid and how is it she is the one who gets Billy gambling again. REALLY? Come on YR, this is ridiculous. You’ve grown up everyone but Faith and then when you bring them back they are boring. Not working out the contract to keep Mishal (Hillary), on the show. That is crazy. The Newman’s are played out because victor always wins.

su000
su000

Hillary and baby will both die.
There is absolutely no-one that could ever replace Mishael Morgan, she is the one and only Hilary.

Lily, well – we will have 6 months of her going off the rails, and the family.
That family is the most boring blah family in the soap world so not looking forward to the aftermath.

to mention;
Mishael Morgan is a headliner star.
and- ALL stars want their exit to be the coveted; go out in a bang not a whimper..
Her being Killed is the prize exit, good for her to be given it.

(chrome

Ariel Coger
Ariel Coger

The y/r just lost a fan

Sandy
Sandy

Okay so Charlie wasn’t in the seatbelt because he’s sitting in the middle of the seat and not even a scratch

Alan
Alan

The character of Hilary has been a mess from the get-go because of the writing (a mystery blogger out to destroy Neil because of a retconned plot where he hooked up with her alcoholic mother while on a bender). The show could never decide whether Hilary was a heroine, an anti-heroine, or a flat out bitch so they kept playing her as all three with no success. The only reason the character has lasted this long is because of Mishael Morgan’s talent and popularity.

I think the show will write her off with a teary deathbed scene where she recalls the happiest moment of her life — the time she was a contestant on THE PRICE IS RIGHT — because she will definitely find a job in prime time
(maybe as Dominique Devereaux on the CW’s Dynasty?)…

Mark Y
Mark Y

Love your DD theory!

Judy K. Lusty
Judy K. Lusty

When there is a bad car crash, there are police involved. Where are they!!

k/kay
k/kay

Doug Davidson is no where to be found trust me in the day he had some wonderful story lines I think he got on Twitter and well it backfired

dmr
dmr

Why, oh why, couldn’t it be Lily, instead? Kudos to Mishael Morgan in Friday’s hospital scenes. Great actress.

Norie
Norie

The woman is on her last breaths and she never stops yapping.. No wires, no vitals monitoring, nothing beeps when she passes out. The weirdest way to write a wedding story. I was almost expecting them to ‘get it on’ in that hosp. bed… Now THAT would have made my day in a wonderful way ! haha NOT.

C C Brown
C C Brown

Well, I figured Hil would lose the baby, but if she is still leaving the show, leaving Genoa does leave room for her to return! Probably at the time Devon has a new live interest! Could make for some interesting fall viewing. Writers make note that Devon’s new partner can have children!!

Norie
Norie

Never mind if she ( or anyone else) is leaving the show. I don’t know where people get this infi, I certainly did not know nor do I care. Don’t let that spoiler ,(literally) impact your viewing pleasure.

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Have not seen today’s program.

Mishael Morgan has so creatively twisted her character over the years that it is hard to say something was unique in what should be her final soliloquy as closing her last program. However, it was a rather special display of her “reach” as an actor. It was personal and professional. Hilary needs to die.

Victor is leaving? Ashley is leaving? Jack is Victor’s half brother? Is all that happening?

Slow something down for a bit. Let us all grieve. There has always been, as someone else mentioned, a Shakespearean element with Nick and Victor, but I don’t know if the evolution of son turning into father will play well.

I turn off watching when young ones die, or when torture is involved. If all those just mentioned are leaving, someone break out for me just who is related to whom.

All the actors are doing superior work. It is a “Soap.” Someone asked why the writers don’t take on a serious story line and carry it to a realistic conclusion such as TJ’s abusive behavior or Dina’s inevitable regression. Such themes can easily couple with — I am lacking a word for this, but it can work.

What a difference a day makes if one doesn’t read this or watch daily!

Norie
Norie

I pay no attention to things like he or she is leaving. Just take it day by day for what it is, ( yes, peppered with some hearty comments from me) and when the hour is up, I don’t
for one minute think about it anymore. It’s a story, folks. Like a book, if you don’t like it then you put it down.

Julie
Julie

I think Devon will marry Hillary and the secret guy she met with before her accident is her brother and he will try to put a claim to second fortune because him and Hillary have no prenuptial since the marriage was on her death bead

Norie
Norie

Hilary will not make it from whatever dreadful thing is happening to her ( the doc flubbed his words, so we don’t know)and Lily may get off scot free from running a red light. ( a baby died, folks!)

Christy
Christy

Her body rejected the blood transfusions. I had a friend die the same way .. she lost so much blood and when they gave her transfusions it was like poison..he body rejected it..

Msnaturally
Msnaturally

Gotta tell you, I have been watching Y&R since I was a child. My absolute favorite soaps. I call it Dumn and the useless lol
Anything is possible but surely the life and times will be just as good requardless of what pans out

Rae parks
Rae parks

Makes me so mad . I’m never watching again and all my friends feel the same way! It sucks

JORDAN EDWARDS
JORDAN EDWARDS

Should the police already know about
Lilly’s accident? What about the truck driver? Doesn’t he know what happened?

Linda
Linda

I think the accident is Shauna’s fault for running off…like she always does!

Dreama hay
Dreama hay

The doctor should be the one who has made a mistake on Hillary not Lily really needs to stay in place and really shouldn’t be so ready to forgive Devon as he made her life a living hell

June
June

Where is the police report of the accident. It would be more of what went wrong then witnesses

Suzanne Johnson
Suzanne Johnson

On Y&R Was the guy that drove the truck was he drunk when he hit the car that Lily drove in episode dated July 18, 2018., Hilary and Lily were arguing and Lily ran a stop light so a guy in a truck hit them. My question is was the guy that hit them with his truck was he drunk?

News

Y&R To Launch Sharon’s Breast Cancer Storyline With Key Episode

Y&R will begin a compelling and vitally important storyline regarding breast cancer awareness beginning this Thursday January 9th, with an extended episode arc that will feature Sharon Case’s character of Sharon Newman.

A public service announcement (PSA) focusing on early detection from CBS Cares and the American Cancer Society with Case will be featured prominently at the end of the Jan. 9 episode. The PSA will also be available online at www.CBSCares.com.

In story, Sharon shares with her boyfriend, Rey Rosales (Jordi Vilasuso), that she has breast cancer. He accompanies her to meet with an oncologist to begin the process of learning more about her diagnosis and treatment.  In the coming weeks, Sharon relies on the support of her family and friends to stay positive.

“The Young and the Restless has always tackled important social issues within the show’s rich storytelling,” said co-executive producer and head writer Josh Griffith.  “From AIDS and alcoholism to drunk driving and domestic abuse, we’ve consistently tried to focus on the human condition in an open and honest manner.  We’re proud to be joining with the American Cancer Society to deliver this important message about breast cancer awareness.”

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information, go to www.cancer.org

READ MORE
'Last Blast Reunion' Premiere Episode Out Now On The DOOL App

So, what do you think about Sharon’s cancer diagnosis and that Y&R will be addressing breast cancer awareness with this story featuring Sharon Case? Comment below.

Continue Reading

Days Of Our Lives

Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst In Soaps 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps!  

As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV  take this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.

Now, in addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not-so-stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worst’s”.

So with that said; we give you our year-end review.  As you will read, we tried to dissect the calendar year on your favorite daytime dramas through our various categories.  While we know many of you have your own picks and choices, and may disagree, or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  And most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a healthy, prosperous, and exciting New Year!   It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the soap genre itself, which make this such a special and unique medium that we all share, squabble, and delight over week after week, month after month, episode after episode.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2019 out!

Photo: JPI

BEST SOAP – Classic and Traditional

The Bold and the Beautiful – The 8,000 episode of this CBS Daytime drama kicked-off an eight month journey that had fans anguished and throwing things at their TV or computer screens, but in the Bell tradition of storytelling it was all actually worth the wait.  After Hope was told that her baby was stillborn by Dr, Buckingham (Guest star, Wayne Brady) while giving birth alone on Catalina Island in the middle of the storm (yup), he sells the baby to Taylor (who is in the dark on his misdeeds to get out of a debt) who handles the transaction thus setting the stage for Steffy to unwittingly raise Hope’s baby.  When all was revealed, it was an epic soap moment not only for its emotion, but for the production value B&B brings to its remotes and major payoffs.  Add in a shockingly darker and twisted re-emergence of the character of Thomas Forrester, some noteworthy newcomers in Denise Richard and Katrina Bowden, and then putting back to front burner status, Ridge and Brooke, as their marriage crumbled thanks to Thomas, and B&B proved utilizing some classic soap storytelling, no matter how viewers protest at times, is still the ticket for them while focusing on families, couples, and the workplace.

BEST SOAP – Risk-taker and Entertaining

Days of our Lives – This was the year that 54-year-old-soap did something no other soap opera has ever done on daytime.  Not only did it continue to roll out plot-driven, quirky, clever and outlandish stories and moments, but it reset the show, by jumping all the stories one-year ahead in a flash-forward.  Thus, viewers now have more questions than answers triggering them to make sure to tune-in every day or you will miss something.  In addition, DAYS saw the DOOL app really take shape this year. and in addition to all the backstage and behind the scenes content, DAYS launched three new digital drama series, and one, Chad & Abby in Paris timed perfectly so that Chad & Abby’s return on the air shows matched the timing of the end of the digital series. And…. if you want have fun and look for some of those saucy soap tropes, you can find them in Salem.

Photo: JPI

SOAPMAKER OF THE YEAR

Ron Carlivati – Days of our Lives

Have to give it to the head writer of DAYS; for after pitching his idea for the time jump to both OLTL and GH, and even DAYS once before, the series had the courage to go for it, and Carlivati did not disappoint, weaving stories for some time to come that have not even scratched the surface yet on-screen.  While we know the time-jump has received mixed reviews from fans; we are only two months in since it started.  So … hold your horses!

Photo: JPI

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Maura West- Ava Jerome – General Hospital

This makes it two years in a row for West to take this category.  And this year, her character of Ava Jerome really went through the ringer, and in the end came back to the other side of it regaining her strength. Think of how Ava fell in love for a serial killer, without even knowing it? Then, learns of the startling revelation that she has been sleeping with her daughter’s killer!  Then, she sees her dead daughter, then, she has an apparent mental breakdown, then she is being duped by a returning Nikolas, then she is being trolled online following her cover story in Crimson, and we could go on and on.  Whatever the story required, West took it on and delivered with a classic movie star style non-compare in daytime,

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Camila Banus – Gabi’s grief-stricken as Stefan dies – Days of our Lives

It’s amazing that you can hate Gabi Hernandez for all of her revenge-plots and then sob right along with her when she is gutted.  In the capable hands of Camila Banus this is made possible. When Gabi is sitting vigil near Stefan’s bedside, (after he is shot and brain dead) and then later at home wakes up alone missing the man she loves, who is ripped away from her, like everything else in her life, it set the stage for Gabi’s next heinous plot, and Banus delivered in all of these scenes.

Photo: JPI

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

(Tie)

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

Jon Lindstrom – Ryan Chamberlin/ Kevin Collins – General Hospital

Michael Easton – Hamilton Finn – General Hospital

We are tying this one up three ways, because each of these gents from General Hospital had story throughout the year, (at times, more prominent than others) but each made an indelible impression for some time to come.  Let’s start with Maurice Benard, who coming off his Lead Actor Daytime Emmy win, continued to deliver heartbreaking scenes when acting opposite his on-screen dad, Max Gail in the Alzheimer’s storyline.  Who can forget the scene in which Mike is going to live at “Turning Woods” and move out of the Corinthos home, and Sonny has to say goodbye to his dad as he puts a photo of himself and Mike from last year’s Nurses’ Ball in Mike’s suitcase? And, speaking of the Nurses’ Ball, how about Sonny’s talk with Josslyn in her time of need; where he mentions his grief over Stone as she is reeling from Oscar’s death? These moments illustrated just how good Benard continues to be in touching and grounded scenes.  It’s nice to see Benard in these types of story points; instead of always Sonny mobster-mode.  As for Jon Lindstrom, as much fun as it was to watch all of Ryan Chamberlain’s twisted antics, you couldn’t help feel that Lindstrom was having the time of his life playing the role.  Think of: the Ava and Ryan showdown scenes, when he loses a hand, his snarky vernacular, and the fact that he was playing two roles with the addition of his twin Kevin.  Then, there was the aftermath of Ryan’s crimes, and his continued work opposite Genie Francis. Great performances from this soap opera veteran.  Michael Easton has made Hamilton Finn this quirky, loveable doctor despite himself, and as only he can do.  We can think of three instances where this was best illustrated: When Finn proposed to Anna at the Nurses Ball, when Finn cries his eyes out reading the letter that Hayden left behind that he is now left with raising their daughter solo, and has to face the difficult task of telling the little girl that her mother is gone, and then of course, the just aired “A Christmas Carol” episode which as Scrooge or Finn, Easton was pure joy to watch.

Photo: JPI

BEST SINGLE PEFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE.

Scott Clifton – Liam is reunited with baby Beth – The Bold and the Beautiful

There was not a dry eye in the house, when Scott Clifton delivered the most poignant and memorable moment of 2019.  It begins when Liam gets a call from the OBGYN in a Vegas hospital saying there is no record of Flo being there and giving birth, and the doctor was out of the country at the time of said birth.  It is then that the pieces start to fit for Liam after he recalls a moment with his brother says that Flo acted like she had never given birth.  It is then Liam realizes that “Phoebe” is his believed-to-be-dead daughter, Hope!  Liam runs into the baby’s room knowing that this is the little girl he believed had died! The baby says, “Dada!”  Liam says, “Yes, I’m you dada” and Scott Clifton showed us why come Emmy time he may be the actor to beat, which could make it his fourth piece of Emmy gold.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LONG-RUNNING VETERAN

Kin Shriner – Scott Baldwin – General Hospital

We couldn’t love Kin Shriner and Scott Baldwin anymore than did in 2019!  How touching was his work in GH’s 56th anniversary episode which centered around Gail’s final wish. We will always remember the end of the episode when Scott walks to the Memorial wall at General Hospital and there is Gail’s plaque.  But that was not all, Kin delivered the goods as a loving father, fighting for the return of his son, Franco (while he was Drew) and even before that story, being there for Franco and wanting to be a good father to him through thick and thin.

Photo: JPI

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LONG-RUNNING VETERAN COUPLE

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

When DAYS wrote a story that had Julie having a heart attack, which would put her in critical condition, it would serve as the backdrop to see Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes given material to act up a storm with … and boy did they ever.  Bill Hayes delivered one of his best performances of his storied career as Doug is frightened of losing Julie, but at the same time, he also must give her the will to fight.  For the Hayes’, this story hits close to home, when you have been married in real-life for as long as they have, having to portray a story like this is tough, given their undying love for one another.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

Max Gail – Mike Corbin – General Hospital 

GH did not waver in their commitment to tell Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and in doing so showed his decline in 2019.  Now Mike does not remember his loved ones, “married” Yvonne at Turning Woods, loses his temper, has tantrums and is confused and frightened, and all of this is brought to us through the brilliant performances of Max Gail.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kassie DePaiva – Eve Donovan – Days of our Lives

Eve schemed and did her damn best to hold on to Jack Deveraux, but that damn Jennifer Horton always seems to come out the victor, much to the chagrin of Eve.  But through it all, soap vet, DePaiva plays “bad girl with deep emotional pain” so well, that when she is on the screen she delivers time and time again, no matter what the circumstance.

Photo: ABC

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE DUO IN A STORYLINE

Maura West and Genie Francis – Ava and Laura – General Hospital

When Laura had to tell Ava at the bridge that she has been sleeping with Ryan and not Kevin, it set the stage for these two powerhouse leading ladies to come together in the most unique and heartbreaking way.  Ava crumbled at the realization, and Laura was there to pick up the pieces and help her through it, even knowing how both of them were completely duped in the process.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE DUO IN A STORYLINE

(Tie)

Wally Kurth and Chandler Massey – Justin and Will – Days of our Lives

Wally Kurth gave the monologue of the year when Justin visits Will in prison.  There, Justin talks about losing Adrienne and how he hates what has happened, but that he will always think of Will as his “son” and he tells Will to not give up on life.  Kurth was brilliant and we bet he will receive an Emmy nod for his work, and Chandler Massey is always stellar and always good, so this was the perfect set of scenes.

Roger Howarth and William Lipton – Franco and Cameron – General Hospital

“Tell your mom, I love her and I will be back” those were the most memorable and heartbreaking words at the outset of the mind-mapping story (that showed promise at the beginning) with this gut-wrenching scene played to perfection by Howarth and Lipton.  Franco saves Cameron from being mind-mapped by Dr. Cabot and Shiloh, and switches places with him as Cameron watches in horror.  Great performances and Howarth is always good no matter what is asked of him in story.

READ MORE
Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

BEST PODCAST EPISODE

Soap Nation Live’s Tribute to Kristoff St. John with Guest co-host, Daniel Goddard

Yes, we are giving this episode to our own broadcast, because being a part of it and listening to it back months later, it was the most riveting, raw and honest podcast, we have ever heard where co-stars speak about a man they loved and missed amidst a terrible tragedy.  Daniel Goddard was the perfect co-host and guests ranged from: Bryton James, Eileen Davidson, Joshua Morrow, Victoria Rowell, Christel Khalil, Mishael Morgan and more.  There were tears shed and we will never forget this as much as we will never forget our dear friend, Kristoff.  You can listen to the replay here.

BEST SOAP OPERA PLATFORM

The DOOL App – Days of our Lives

In its first full-year, the DOOL app brought fans backstage content that any superfan of the series would enjoy from interviews, games, auditions, behind the scenes. the making of, tributes and more, but also added the app added three new digital dramas to it– Last Blast Reunion, Chad & Abby in Paris Chapter One and Chapter Two.   Soaps need to evolve and this is the next evolution for watching, viewing, and being connected to your favorite stars, and for content you won’t see anywhere else.

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

Neil Winters Memorial Service – The Young and the Restless

Y&R brought all of its viewers to tears with this send-off for Neil Winters; which in turn honors the late Kristoff  St. John.  The eulogies delivered with such emotion, sadness and heart by Eric Braeden, Bryton James, Christel Khalil, Daniel Goddard, Peter Bergman, and Shemar Moore were heartbreaking.  As we watched Genoa City mourn, we mourned, and the cast mourned through this cathartic and heartbreaking experience.

Photo: JPI

BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Camila Banus – Gabi Hernandez – Days of our Lives

OOOH she is so bad.  But, we can’t think of anyone who did it better in 2019!  First, she has this horrific revenge plot for Abigail, and then she has a horrific revenge plot for Julie and Lani.  Through it all Camila brought the soapy villainy of Gabi to these scenes, making her one character you do not want to cross!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Matthew Atkinson – Thomas Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Thomas returned to Los Angeles, as a sneering, constantly shirtless, manipulative sicko and yet, we couldn’t turn away.  B&B needed an uber-villain pronto, and turning Thomas into one fit the bill. For those who say they don’t like Matthew Atkinson’s performance, I say think again, maybe you hate this new Thomas so much, because Matthew is just that good and being bad.

Photo: JPI

BEST YOUNGER ACTOR

William Lipton – Cameron Webber – General Hospital

He can act, he can sing, and he was front and center stage in key scenes.  We already honored him for his work with Roger Howarth, but remember when he learned Oscar was dead and how Cam went into the hospital elevator and weeped alone, so one would know how devastated  he was at the loss of his friend? Or, when he sang at the Nurses’ Ball? Or Franco and Liz’s reception? And then there is his ongoing relationship with Josslyn.  Lipton is a young talent on the rise.

BEST YOUNGER ACTRESS

Olivia Rose Keegan – Claire Brady – Days of our Lives

That little fire starter! Olivia Rose Keegan received some juicy material and played it to the hilt when it was revealed that Claire had set the cabin fires, and was all whacked out!  Keegan made it all work brilliantly!

BEST SCENE-STEALER MALE

William Utay – Dr. Wilhelm Rolf – Days of our Lives

You’ve got to admit … whether its concocting serums to bring people back from the dead, implanting brain chips, being comical (we loved the scene where Rolf thinks Kristen wants him to get her pregnant) or vindictive (when he turned Hope into Princess Gina, he blames Hope for shooting his beloved Stefano), William Utay can make you pay attention to any scene he is in, with anyone …and speaking of fun German accents…

Photo: JPI

BEST SCENE-STEALER FEMALE

Kathleen Gati – Liesl Obrecht – General Hospital

….Our female scene-stealer also has a German accent on her show, GH.  That’s right! Kathleen Gati, who can go from comedy, belting out a tune, evil, or heartbreak, has been able to keep Liesl Obrecht on the canvas, because so many fans can’t wait to see what she will do next.  Kudos to Gati for always bringing her A-game.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A WEDDING BREAK-UP

Lamon Arcbey and Sal Stowers – Elani Wedding – Days of our Lives

The scenes that followed Lani walking out on her wedding to Eli (thanks to Gabi’s blackmail) were so poignant, because Archey and Stowers made it so.  The devastation on Eli’s face as Lani tells him she does not love him anymore was picture perfect. Best work of both Lamon and Sal’s career to date.

Photo: JPI

CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Gabi Hernandez – Days of our Lives 

Get in line! Let’s see who should slap this biotch – Lani, Eli, Julie, Doug, Abby, Chad, should I go on?

CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Brooke Logan Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

All of a sudden Brooke became “slap happy” and after being provoked by a nasty Thomas and a manipulative Shauna, she lay the smacketh down upon them.  We love seeing feisty Brooke back in action!

Photo: ABC

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Lincoln Younes – Danny – Grand Hotel

The emotional heart of ABC’s summer soap, Grand Hotel (which unfortunately was cancelled after one season) was former Home and Away star, Lincoln Younes.  His character of Danny comes to Miami and goes undercover by getting a job as a waiter at the hotel to discover who killed his sister Sky … and in the process falls for the owner’s daughter, while having a life and a woman back in Chicago.  Complicated, but Younes made us root for the guy.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

(Tie)

Robin Givens – Stephanie – Ambitions

Elizabeth Gilles – Fallon –  Dynasty

In OWN’s Ambitions, Robin Givens gives us a sexy, back-stabbing, vixen reminiscent of the classic daytime divas,  while on Dynasty, Elizabeth Gilles steals the show as the ultra rich Fallon, but snobbery and all, she is still a heroine we root for.

Photo: CW

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN A PRIMETIME SOAP

Rafael de La Fuente – Sammy Jo – Dynasty

He has the best one-liners on primetime soaps, and Rafael delivers the comedy, the drama, the romance, and has become the heart and soul of CW’s Dynasty as Sammy Jo.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PRIMETIME SOAP

Essence Atkins – Amara – Ambitions

Stephanie needed a rival, and Amara fit the bill … and she has been played with a fierceness and ferocity by Essence Atkins.  And, oh by the way, Atkins is one helluva an actress.

BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Soapy, over the top, goodness. Yes, it’s a train-wreck, but we kind of love it for that.

Photo; JPI

BEST PERFORMANCE MALE IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Van Hansis and Kit Williamson – Thom and Cal – EastSiders Season Four

The fourth and final season of EastSiders gave fans of the series closure for the journey of Thom and Cal.  Van Hansis (Ex-Luke, As the World Turns), brought the depth, reality and made us love imperfect Thom, who through all the open relationship sexcapdes and having a commitment phobia, finally realized he had what he wanted all along, and so too, did his longtime partner, Cal played by series creator, Kit Williamson.  Their performances kept us in engaged for four seasons over the seven year journey of the LGBTQ-themed continuing drama

BEST PERFORMANCE FEMALE IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Kate Mansi – Abigail – Chad & Abby the Series Chapters 1 and 2

Let’s just say Kate Mani is a lioness! She always gives a 100% every time, and in key scenes; after Abby kissed and flirted with Austin and realized how her marriage to Chad could down the drain, and later stood up to vixen, Juliette, who tried to wreck her marriage, it all showed just how good Mansi is at playing all the beats required, and then some, to make the scenes work.

Photo: JPI

BEST COUPLE

Ben and Ciara – Days of our Lives

#Cin was IN throughout 2019, and if you weren’t on the #Cin train you were missing out.  This was the year that Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal cemented themselves as the star-crossed lovers to root for, and that they are the hottest duo on daytime,

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

(Tie)

Hope and Liam – The Bold and the Beautiful 

We don’t know how Annika Noelle continued to play all of those emotionally tortured scenes throughout this storyline!  Hope and Liam were put through the ringer with machinations gone wild from Thomas, cover-ups, and more, all leading to the truth that the daughter they think died at birth was alive and being raised by Steffy!

Will and Sonny – Days of our Lives

Anguish x 10: Will having a brain tumor from the serum he received to get his memory back, getting rid of Leo Starke who tried to come between them once and for all, and now the worst of all, Will is in prison for killing Sonny’s mother and they are divorcing!  What next?

Photo: JPI

MOST BORING COUPLE

Kyle and Lola – The Young and the Restless

The fact that these two got married already, makes us already bored, and they are in essence, two good characters who found love, although some of Kyle’s sketchy past came into question, but did anybody care? Snooze.

BEST RECAST MALE

Brandon Barash – Stefan Cassadine – Days of our Lives

Tyler Christopher is one of the best actors ever to be in the soap opera genre, and earlier in 2019 before his departure at DAYS, he turned in riveting work.  Enter Brandon Barash, who had the task to make Stefan O DiMera all his own … and he did! Barash was key to developing the love story of #Stabi with Camila Banus, and thus they became a popular on-screen duo of 2019, before the characters demise.

Photo: JPI

BEST RECAST FEMALE

Cynthia Watros – Nina Clay – General HospitaL

Taking over from Michelle Stafford in the role of Nina Clay on General Hospital, would be no easy feat, but it just might work if you are the one and only, Cynthia Watros.  In short order, Cynthia has made her Nina quite different, complex, and original.

BEST NEWCOMER FEMALE

Denise Richards – Shauna Fulton – The Bold and the Beautiful

Richards, who has been a primetime and reality series star previously, has breathed life into Shauna, who easily could have just been this interloper in Brooke and Ridge’s relationship, but her complex past and her love for her daughter, Flo, make her portrayal intriguing and fun to watch; especially in scenes opposite Katherine Kelly Lang who needed a new nemesis.

BEST NEWCOMER MALE

Mark Grossman – Adam Newman – The Young and the Restless

Talk about hitting a home run and out of the park   Y&R found gold when they cast Grossman as the nuAdam following Justin Hartley.  Grossman has fit in nicely with the cast and has handled everything they have thrown at this misunderstood, bad guy, black sheep of the Newman clan. Kudos to Mark for an outstanding job well-dine.

Photo: JPI

BEST RETURN BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED RUN

Dominic Zamprogna – Dante Falconeri – General Hospital

When Dominic Zamprogna came back for ten-episode stint on GH, viewers learned just how troubled Dante had become since his time in Turkey.  Now feeling he was a danger to his fanily and himself, and haunted with horrible bouts of PTSD, and about torture, Dante left to get healed and deprogrammed by the WSB or so we hoped.  His final scenes with Lulu were heartbreaking.   Great work by Dom Z in a storyline that has some holes and loose ends in it to tie up, but what do you do when you are no longer under contract with the show?

BEST RETURN BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED RUN

Jessica Tuck – Cassandra Pierce – General Hospital

Soap veteran, Tuck takes villainy to a whole new level, with her know-it-all, drug-lord, Cassandra Pierce, and her no-one-can-take-her-down attitude.  Trouble is … now the character is supposedly dead!

MOST DISAPPOINTING RETURN

Rebecca Budig – Hayden Barnes – General Hospital –

This was not disappointing because of the actress, but because all of a sudden Hayden made a hasty exit out of Port Charles, thus leaving her daughter, Violet with Finn and us wanting more of this potential family dynamic.  It was disappointing in that that we did not get to see this play out more with all parties involved.  Maybe …. Budig will be back?

Honorable Mention:

Karla Mosley –  Maya Avant – The Bold and the Beautiful

They said Karla and her character Maya were on her way back to the show, but I guess, blink and you missed her! What’s up with that?

READ MORE
'Last Blast Reunion' Premiere Episode Out Now On The DOOL App

MOST CONFUSING CHARACTER RETURN

Nikolas Cassadine (now played by Marcus Coloma)General Hospital

Is Nikolas now a vengeful, bad guy who just won’t tell his beloved mother or sister that he is alive? Confused.

Photo: ABC

BIGGEST WASTE OF A TALENTED CAST

The Young and the Restless

All the big returns have not amounted to a storyline that has riveted the viewers or given the talents of the likes of: Michelle Stafford, Melissa Claire Egan, Doug Davidson, Mishael Morgan, Greg Rikaart, and Elizabeth Hendrickson, something to really sink their teeth into.  Here’s hoping something juicy emerges for all of these outstanding performers in 2020.

BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT

Tamara Braun – General Hospital

She is a Daytime-Emmy winning actress (Ava, DAYS) and at one time Carly Corinthos on GH, and has a soap resume any actress would kill for.   But somehow the character Braun was portraying, Dr. Kim Nero, became so unlikeable that fans wanted the character off the canvas and it didn’t matter how great Tamara was in performing her heart out with the material she was given.   Kim’s grief over losing her son, Oscar had the character acting out in very unsettling ways – drugging the original Drew, so she could rape him and get pregnant by him again, then having sex with her good friend’s Elizabeth’s husband, Franco while he was mind-mapped as Drew.  Things could not have sunk lower for the character; even though we tried to understand her grief,

MOST UPSETTING GOODBYE

Dante says goodbye to Lulu to get help from his PTSD/torture – General Hospital

“Don’t go Dante”, yelled all of us at the TV, while Lulu was devastated that her husband was leaving her a second time!

Photo: CBS

BEST STANDALONE EPISODE

Jack walks down memory lane – Peter Bergman 3oth anniversary episode – The Young and the Restles

Y&R gave Peter Bergman a 30th anniversary salute that featured some excellent retrospective clips; several which we do not see often, which made it all the better. Watching Bergman’s reactions to Jack’s life story, and Bergman in the retro clips, makes you realize why Peter is a giant in this genre in a fulfilling special hour of soap.

Runner-up:

 “A Christmas Carol” – General Hospital

The performances led by Michael Easton, the costumes, the sets and the supporting cast made this a fully realized episode from top to bottom just in time for the holidays.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Jason Thompson – “Billy Battles His Demons” – The Young and the Restless

It was great to see stalwart Thompson, get a standalone episode all his own on Y&R. This time the gum-chewing alternate personality of Billy’s tried to fight for control of him. Billy went down this rabbit hole once Adam resurfaced and opened the old wound of Delia’s death.  In this special episode, Thompson shared scenes with Peter Bergman, Jess Walton and Michelle Stafford where the characters were dishing it out to Billy and bringing up all of his failings, in the end, he wanted to do better for Victoria, and the children.  Good one won out that time.  Great performance.

Photo: JPI

BEST WRITING

Days of our Lives

Soap twists, doppelgangers, serums, brain chips paternity pickles, cabin fires, might on paper sound like, “How can this be the best writing on a soap” But, under head writer, Ron Carlivati somehow all these things come together making for the most entertaining soap opera of the year, love it, like it, or hate it.

Photo: JPI

BEST EPISODE

Kristen is unmasked at John and Marlena’s Anniversary party episode – Days of our Lives

Yes, it was high camp, and yes, it was one of the most preposterous plots of the year. but it was still a riveting romp, especially when John ripped that “Nicole” mask right off of Kristen’s head.  Thank God! How Kristen got away with this charade for as long as she did, and duped Brady in the process, and wandered around Salem was so far-fetched, but this reveal was deliciously fun and everyone in the cast delivered!

BEST TEARJERKER

Oscar’s death and the aftermath – General Hospital

Yes, you can argue, that so much attention was given to a character who was not on the air that much.  However, the episodes in which Oscar finally passed on, and was escorted by Lila and Edward to heaven, and then the aftermath, which saw bravura performances by: Garren Stitt, Billy Miller, Wally Kurth, Eden McCoy, Tamara Braun, William Lipton, and more were pretty hankie inducing.

Courtesy/ABC

BEST STORYLINE

“Phoebe” is Beth – The Bold and the Beautiful

One thing that The Bold and the Beautiful does better than any other show in the genre is those big sweeping, majestic pay-offs, after months of fans tearing out their hair hoping that the truth will finally be revealed.  But when it does, it’s a watershed moment; which usually brings the audience to tears.  B&B did just that, bringing the climax of the story to its conclusion following Thomas and Liam duking it on out on a rooftop, which led to Liam’s headlock on Thomas (with a confused Hope standing there as the men try to kill each other).  In the process, Liam got Thomas to admit to Hope that he knew Beth was alive.  Since Thomas did not dispute it, Hope knew it was true! Then, next step, Hope is finally reunited with her daughter! Then, the story takes another turn on how to tell Steffy and get custody of her biological daughter that was sold to … Steffy!  8 months of torture, led to a satisfying conclusion. We only wish Dr. Buckingham would have got his comeuppance on screen instead of off-camera.

Photo: JPI

MOST SOCIALLY RELEVANT STORYLINE

Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease – General Hospital

The fact that GH has continued to show the decline of Mike Corbin with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease should be commended.  Often times on soaps, the shows will start a storyline about a medical or socially impactful story, and do one arc of it and be done with it and drop it.  Not this time, the performances and the writing have been excellent in this story.

Photo: JPI

WORST STORYLINE

Haley’s immigration deportation storyline –Days of our Lives

With chants such as “Send her back” about a character none of us cared about, it just didn’t make for an engaging, riveting, socially-relevant topical storyline that DAYS had hoped it would be.

Runners-Ups:

Dawn of Day – General Hospital

Franco Becomes Drew – General Hospital

Katherine’s will contested– The Young and the Restless

BEST TWIST DAYTIME SOAP

Flo is the daughter of Storm Logan – The Bold and the Beautiful

Katie has basically no vital organs of her own anymore! And it all goes back to when Storm Logan (Will deVry) shot himself and his heart went to Katie in the process! Since then, she has has health crisis after health crisis.  Now as Katie needs a new kidney to live, it is revealed that Flo Fulton is actually a Logan and daughter of Storm and can be a donor.  It was an interesting, if not cliché soapy way, to add some needed oomph to the Logan family tree.

Photo: JPI

BEST TWIST PRIMETIME SOAP

Alexis’ new face is that of Fallon – Dynasty

After Nicolette Sheridan made a quick exit as Alexis Carrington, the show had to come up with a plan to keep the character alive. So, what does it do? It has Adam push Alexis face first into a fireplace.  Later, after plastic surgery she emergences with the same face as Fallon! The plot was so juicy! Problem is, the show in its current season recast Alexis with another actress so it looks like the doppelganger story for Elizabeth Gilles was dropped.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST 

The “Nicole” mask – Days of our Lives

Does a voice alternator, prosthetic mask, and taking tats off of you make you a dead-ringer for another woman! Don’t try this at home! Because on DAYS, Kristen, got away with it.  What we did not understand was how no one noticed that it was a mask when people were intimate with her … or two inches away from her … when they were speaking with her.  But in the end, Arianne Zuker and Stacy Haiduk were so fun to watch in this that it made it work through this suspension of belief drama

MOST PREPOSTEROUS CHARACTER TURN

Dr. Shah goes from good doctor to obsessed psycho with a mother problem – Days of our Lives

Out of the blue, Dr Shah becomes the key catalyst to jogging Jack’s memory.  We can be thankful for that, but turning this seemingly nice doctor who liked Jennifer into a psychopath out of the blue was a little jarring, but at least we got our JnJ back!

Photo: JPI

MOST UNDER-UTILIZED CHARACTER 

(Tie)

Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales – Y&R

Vincent Irizzary as Dr. Jordan Armstrong – B&B

We were thrilled to hear that former All My Children stars, Eva Larue and Vincent Irizarry were returning to daytime, only, they were hardly seen, in the case of Irizarry, or used properly, in the case of LaRue, on either of the CBS Daytime shows they were recurring on.

BEST ‘SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN’ CASTING

Robin Strasser – Days of our Lives

In a bold move, DAYS recast the role of Vivian Alamain with OLTL icon, Robin Strasser.  When Louise Sorel was unavailable they turned to Strasser, who came in for a limited run and still delivered the goods as Vivian. And, it was nice to see La Strasser, back on our screens.

MOST POLARIZING CHARACTER

Peter August – Wes Ramsey – General Hospital

Two years running, fans seem to be at impasse with the character of Peter August. They either love him, or hate him.  Since Peter was revealed to be conspiring with Helena Cassadine, and involved in the original Drew-napping … and then trying to stop the mind-mapping where Franco would be restored to his former self, at times he is evil and a bad guy, and then all of a sudden he has a moral compass.  Will GH settle on a direction for the character?

MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER

Wyatt Fuller – The Bold and the Beautiful

While we absolutely love Darin Brooks, Wyatt’s flip-flops between his relationships with Flo and Sally make the character an indecisive guy who at any given moment will chose one women over the other pending the latest circumstances.  Now it seems Wyatt is becoming much like his brother, Liam in the love department. Oh-no! Make it stop!

Courtesy/ABC

MOST ANNOYING PLOT POINT 

Kim decides to rape Drew – General Hospital

When a grieving Kim cut the circuits at the Haunted Star and then followed Drew to the fuse box and pulled out a syringe and injected him with something, fans were shocked. Next thing you know, she becomes creepy and gets him into bed with the hopes of getting pregnant. To make matters worse, the man she supposedly loves, Julian, happens upon the scene, and says he understands that her grief is making her do these out-of-character things.  Fans were outraged, and from here, Kim’s fate was probably sealed. Months later she would be written off the canvas.

BIGGEST SHOCKER IN SOAPS

Phyllis Switch – The Young and the Restless

Gina Tognoni was let-go from The Young and the Restless in the pivotal role of Phyllis Summers, a part that she made her own over the last five years, in order for the series to bring back another powerhouse, Michelle Stafford to the role she made soap-famous.  It was surprise move since Stafford was over at GH killing it as Nina Clay. Y&R wanted to reset the show and bring back many fan favorites and in bringing Stafford back many fans were rejoicing; while others were upset that Tognoni was shown the front door.

Photo: JPI

BIGGEST SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Jussie Smollett – “Hate Crime” – Empire

When Empire star Jussie Smollett was reportedly the victim of a homophobic and racist attack in the early morning in the streets of Chicago, everyone including cast members and politicians came to his defense.  Then, in a shocking turn from the Chicago PD, they alleged that Smollett arranged for the attack on himself to gain more notoriety.  The whole series of events led to Smollett being dropped by the series for the conclusion of its season.  Then, Smollett was exonerated of all charges, although the city of Chicago was suing him.  Now as we enter the New Year, it looks like Smollett may be back as Jamal Lyon before the series finale of Empire.  This case had many weighing-in on the controversy via social media with all its twist and turns throughout 2019.

BEST PROPS

Billy’s Chewing Gum –The Young and the Restless

Masks Are Us:  (Lucha Libre, Nicole) – Days of our Lives

So, when it comes to props for 2019, Billy’s chewing gum was a key to watching his alternate personality come out and play. No one chewed gum like Billy Abbott!  And as for masks, well DAYS used this as quite the prop from Xander’s Lucha Libre mask to that “Nicole” mask which caused much havoc for a good deal of 2019 in Salem

BEST “FALLING AND I CAN’T GET UP” OR SO THEY THINK!

Thomas Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

How many times can a guy fall and get back up unscathed?  Following over railings, cliffs, and even into a vat of Hydrofluoric acid, Thomas still came back with a vengeance. But doesn’t his back or head still hurt? What’s up with that?

Now below let us know if you agree with our picks, or have picks of your own for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2019 via the comment section below.  

Continue Reading

News

Chase Coleman Joins Cast Of The Young and the Restless

Look for a new character to be coming to Genoa City, right after the New Year.  According to Soap Opera Digest, former One Life to Live alum, Chase Coleman (Ex-Garrett) has nabbed the role of popular recording artist, Tanner Watts.

Seems like Tanner has a connection to someone else on the canvas, but who will it be?  Look for Coleman to make his Y&R debut on the January 3rd episode.

Chase has been seen on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.   His band, “Mercy Mode” just played the famous Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles a few weeks ago

The role of Tanner is said to be a short-term role.

So, what will Tanner’s arrival signal for the other characters of Y&R? Comment below.

READ MORE
'Last Blast Reunion' Premiere Episode Out Now On The DOOL App
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stacy Haiduk chat with Michael Fairman at Day of Days 2019; during their conversation the on-screen dup talk about the latest developments of Brady and Kristen within the series time-jump and more. Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Genie Francis as Laura

General Hospital

Airdate: 1-6-2020 –

Advertisement

Popular