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Y&R’s Sharon Case Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

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Standalone, dream or nightmare-centric episodes on your favorite soaps, require the audience to go along for the ride and also require the actor who is featured in it to make the material work – no matter if some of it may come off as cheesy, or may be over-dramatic, or seemingly out there.

On Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, longtime vet, Sharon Case (Sharon) was front and center in an episode that had her in almost every single scene, and performing via clever ways the writing team told the story of a woman preparing for her first round of chemo in her battle with breast cancer.  Throughout the show, Y&R made sure that many key beats of the feelings anyone about to go under this treatment, or anyone about to embark on major surgery, or a potential life-changing moments would feel.   In moment after moment, Sharon Case gave one of the finest performances of her storied Y&R career.

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It begins with her beau, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) trying to be there for her as Sharon kind of skirts the emotional toll of what tomorrow will bring for her, and how she is dreading the entire experience.  When Rey prompts her to talk about what’s in her heart. Sharon’s afraid if she opens up, she’ll scream and won’t be able to stop.  She admits she is terrified but won’t let herself go there.   Not wanting him to touch her or she will break down, Sharon decides to sleep upstairs, while Rey sleeps on the couch.

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And that is where the dream begins, as a restless Sharon sees her dead daughter, Cassie, (Camryn Grimes reprises her role) who tells her: “I need you to come with me.”  When she won’t Cassie;s outreached hand, which Sharon believes will lead her to heaven, she runs downstairs to find Rey, but he is gone.  Since this is her dream, she next winds up at Crimson Lights where she learns Rey dumped her and left town for Miami, while Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) scoffs that no one would want to be with her like this!  Next, Nick appears and takes Phylllis out on a date, leaving Sharon upset.

Switch to next scenario: and as Sharon sees doctors beginning surgery on her, and she finds herself in the set of GC Buzz, as her other daughter, Mariah hosts an episode about how Sharon changed after her surgery!  Nick,Phyllis and Rey are it, spouting how negative Sharon was, and how she changed.  Then, Sharon becomes hysterical as she sees herself flatline. She screams at the doctors to not just leave her there … alone!

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Next, Sharon shows up at the Grand Phoenix, as none other than Phyllis escorts her to radiation therapy. Mariah (Camryn Grimes). who shows up with a cane for her, brings her a mirror, and as Sharon holds it up, she sees she is wearing a headscarf as she must have lost all of her hair in the chemo.  Faith (Alyia Alyn Lind) runs on to the scene, and Cassie reappears and tells Sharon: “Mom, it’s time. It’s time to go home. Please don’t be afraid.”

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Finally, Sharon is in the present and sees that Mariah and Rey are downstairs and she promises to not shut them out.  She tells them about her dream with Cassie and how the cancer has made her feel isolated.   Sharon comes to the conclusion. and promises. she will let the people she loves know that she needs them.  When she reveals she’s hungry, food is whipped up, as Nick and Faith come by to join them.

In the final moments, (grab your hankies), Sharon had a request that her daughters sleep next to her for the night.  We see Faith, and Mariah on each side of Sharon as Cassie watches upon them.

Kudos to Sharon Case for playing the vulnerability of a woman about to undergo chemo, the nuances of every scene she was called on to portray within the dream sequences, and for delivering it in such a way that was respectful, enlightening, and powerful for anyone undergoing something as difficult as this in their own lives.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Sharon Case, this week’s “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of Sharon’s performance? The dream episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I too thought it was one of or the best of Sharons’s performances. I loved the way each conversation from the time of her diagnosis was a teaching moment of the ways a woman and her loved ones may respond. Kudos to Sharon and kudos to Josh and the writing team. This PSA is sadly still needed today.

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If Sharon Case’s performance during this cancer story arc doesn’t spell EMMY, I don’t know what does!! She has been outstanding through out and I’m eagerly looking forward to watching this play out. Y&R writers are doing a fabulous job with this story arc so, much better than what Days did a few years ago with Adrienne’s.

Kay
Kay

I love my girl Sharon and her and Camryn Grimes have such great chemistry together plus I am so glad they have let Faith grow up on the show like they did CG the actress who plays Faith looks like a young SC ! I am back taping the show and it’s all because of SC ! You go girl!

Su000
Su000

That was an excellent episode.
Perhaps Sharon’s best.
Sharon gets a ; BRAVO !

(and writers, well done,
for that episode..)

Momo
Momo

While it was well-acted, I didn’t enjoy the episode and thought it a bit odd.

The ending was nice.

Tom
Tom

I agree, the episode was boring.

Timmm
Timmm

I love Sharon. I didnt love the episode. Nothing to do with her talent. She did great. I just would have moved the scenes more around and included my of the cast. If Noah is returning for Victor’s 50th Newman Enterprise celebration, they could have used the actor in some of Sharon’s scenes. Speaking of Victor, I dont think he knows yet about Sharon’s cancer? When he finds out, he will be moved. She has played a lot of different roles in his family, most importantly Faith’s mom.

General Hospital

GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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