Nuke vs. Rianca, Improving Daytime?

The single best thing to happen to As the World Turns and All My Children over the past five years may have taken place when All My Children announced that Eden Riegel is returning to Pine Valley and bringing Tamara Braun along with her, as Bianca’s new girlfriend. 

Its been said that "competition breeds innovation" and for the sake of both shows let’s hope it’s true. All My Children bringing on a lesbian "power couple" in the form of Bianca and Reese will force As the World Turns to get up off its ass, get rid of the alleged Nuke backburning policy and write a meaningful story for Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann. If it doesn’t, As the World Turns will find itself in the unenviable position of being the soap that wasted away one of daytime’s most popular couples (their first kiss has 1.5 million hits on Youtube).

Unlike Luke and Noah, who have never slept together, we’ve seen Bianca in bed with another woman, but the show wrote Bianca into a corner. When fans demanded that Bianca make Babe pay for her crimes The Powers That Be wrote her as a patron saint. When fans begged for a the return of Maggie, Lena or a viable romantic love interest The Powers That Be pulled a "ripped from the headlines" story and gave us Zarf.

For All My Children the return of Bianca and the introduction of Reese provides an opportunity for redemption, when telling of a gay story. ABC fans familiar with Tamara Braun on General Hospital will be tuning in to see her. Longtime All My Children fans will want to know how Bianca fell in love with Reese and why. Granted, the arrival of Eden and Tamara in of itself doesn’t guarantee a quality storyline, but it does give All My Children a clean slate on which to build a potentially great story.

It may be to much hope that having two popular gay couples, on rival soaps, will force both shows to write the best storylines they can, but for the time being I am.

Do you think Nuke vs. Rianca will be good for All My Children and As the World Turns?

Nuke vs. Rianca, Improving Daytime?

  • One would hope, but I'm not sure. (26%, 103 Votes)
  • Yes! Having two major gay couples on competing soaps can only help improve daytime. (61%, 244 Votes)
  • No! I don't have faith in The Powers That Be. (13%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 400


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9 Responses

  1. Profile photo of elbugten

    ATWT airs after AMC in my market, so I’m not sure that I’d consider them actual competitors. AMC airs from 1-2 p.m. and ATWT airs from 2-3 p.m. so a fan could watch both shows. I’m an ABC fan so I don’t watch ATWT, but judging by what I’ve read about Nuke and what I know of TPTB at ABC, I don’t really have faith that either show will tell a realistic gay story. I hope they will, but I won’t be surprised if Bianca’s new love is over by Christmas.

  2. Profile photo of ghaddict

    hopefully Rianca’s storyline will be more interesting than Nuke’s (god they bore me)….If not, it’ll probably fizzle……ATWT is going great BTW…….

  3. Profile photo of season1217

    Well, the whole Bianca and Babe being BFF’s again pretty much ruined Bianca for me, which really hurts me inside but Pratt just may have the guts to tell this story and maybe even the talent to do it right. And don’t even get me started on the debacle that is Nuke. I still love my Van and Jake but what ATWT continues to do to what could have been a beyond incredible love story is criminal. But the writing for ATWT, lately, has been nothing short of excellent in some cases, so maybe Bianca and her new love will inspire ATWT to get off of their rusty-dusty and reinvigorate Nuke. Although, I do feel that two women together is not as upsetting and offensive to some as two men and any backlash that AMC or ATWT gets could be lopsided.

  4. Profile photo of BigDede

    Pratt loves Tamara B so I know their storyline will be written well. It seems from looking at GH right now, Pratt was the one to write all the good storylines and Guza just wrote the mob stuff so TB will have some great stuff.

  5. Profile photo of Strife

    They already have a lesbian supercouple in Bianca and Maggie. Luke and Noah have been compared to Bianca and Maggie often, but it’s a little early to compare Bianca and Reese to either of them.

    I’m a little happy that we may finally get to see Bianca in a full (as full as daytime will allow) onscreen depiction of a lesbian romance, but I’m bitter that it’s not with Maggie (Elizabeth Hendrickson, though, yes, I know that she’s currently on The Young and the Restless). I don’t see Reese being Bianca’s lover for long when Eden Riegel leaves her role of Bianca again, and I would hope that Maggie would have come back to town to scoop Bianca up by then, or that they would have talked over the phone. Then, when Bianca returns again (Eden, hopefully), she could be returning with Maggie (Hendrickson, hopefully). I really hope that this is not Eden’s last stint as Bianca. We need to see Bianca and Maggie as an onscreen couple at least once before that happens.

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