A Time to be Thankful

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November is a month when one’s thoughts often turn to what they are thankful for. It is a time to reflect and celebrate the good things, the people who are important to us, our health and every other blessing life has granted us. The same is true of the daytime industry.

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Just this week Days of Our Lives was renewed for another 18 months. Granted, it was pointed out that this isn’t the previous five-year renewal agreement the show  received in the past, but it is still a sign of hope amidst troubling times for the industry. Hopefully this window of opportunity will not be wasted by those responsible for the show.

So too with Guiding Light and As the World Turns which were both renewed back in May, much to the joy of fans. Now with the return of Grant Aleksander to Guiding Light another beacon of hope has shone down on Springfield.

It is a time to be thankful when, over at The Bold and the Beautiful, they are recognizing that some of their decisions haven’t gone over too well. B&B is going back to basics with the tried and true Taylor/Ridge/Brooke triangle and while this formula isn’t creative genius, it has always proven successful and gives them time to regroup and reassess.

Meanwhile at the Bell family’s crown jewel, The Young and the Restless is well on its way to reclaiming the title of best show. The turnaround has been remarkable and though they still have a lot of work to do I am thankful that Hogan Sheffer and Maria Arena Bell seem, at least from the outside looking in, to be able to work together so well. If Y&R stays on its current trajectory fans have much to be thankful for and even more to look forward to.

Thankfulness and honesty are two things one should always take into consideration, even if the two are hard to reconcile over at ABC daytime.

This time last year One Life to Live was in the midst of a creative renaissance. Today it is battered, bruised and begging for Brian Frons to butt out. Despite all that, there are things to be thankful for. One Life to Live boasts one of the largest casts of veteran soap actors who actually see screen time. For the most part it does an excellent job at integrating new characters. It has the most authentic teen scene in daytime and the original founding family still has story today.

For many, hope springs eternal at General Hospital and I am thankful for this. Though obviously a stunt, the return of Genie Francis has been a breath of fresh air and has given both the Spencers and the Quartermaines air time that didn’t involve the mob. Kirsten Storms and Bradford Anderson are two of daytime’s best younger actors and give it their all day in and day out. Slowly and surely the show’s focus appears to be moving towards its namesake thanks in part to the popularity of Scrubs. I am also thankful that the show is able to incorporate comedy so well. Without it, General Hospital would be a very morose hour of television.

Then there is All My Children. This is “my soap” and as such it is the hardest to write about. In August signs of hope emerged as Pratt took over, but as the reality of his era set in, things have become much more glum. It is hard to be thankful for a show that continually brings in new people to prop up other new people that no one cares about. It is hard to be thankful for CGI. It is hard to be thankful for contrivances. What I am thankful for though, is the return of Vincent Irizarry as David Hayward. I am thankful for the Chandler family, the renewal of Michael E. Knight’s contract,  Alicia Minshew finally getting a vacation, Eden Riegel has returned as Bianca and that Susan Lucci’s Erica is kicking butt and taking names at Fusion. I’m thankful to see Joe Martin in the hospital and Opal popping up from time-to-time, even if it is for a tarot reading.

Finally, I am thankful for each and every Daytime Confidential reader or listener and the amazing team of people who contribute to Daytime Confidential. November 14th marks the 1st anniversary of DaytimeConfidential.com and November 20th marks the 2nd anniversary of the podcast. These past two years have flown by. There have been moments of sadness and loss and times of exhilaration and joy. Two years ago, if someone had told me this is where we'd be I would have never believed them but I am thankful for where we are.

To each loyal reader, listener or contributor and to each of the writers and actors who have been gracious enough to talk to us... 

Thank you.

Luke