Rating The Young Uns: Why Soaps Could Use More Actors Like Blake Berris And Less Hair Models
My beloved, yet much-lamented General Hospital has hands down the most consistently appealing young adult set in daytime. Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Julie Marie Berman (Lulu), Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Soap Find of the Millenium Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), are spin-off worthy.
Late 20-something/early-to-mid 30-something couples like Robin and Patrick (Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson), Jason and Liz (Steve Burton and Becky Herbst), Lucky and Sam (Greg Vaughan and Kelly Monaco) and Nikolas and Nadine (Tyler Christopher and Claire Coffee), prove day in and day out why GH has it all over shows like ATWT, AMC and Days of Our Lives in terms of setting up a viable Soap Generation Next.
GH could still gain huge ground, however, if they brought on a talented actor to play Lucas Stansbury, the gay son of Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman). The Nuke Campaign and BAM phenomenon before it proved the soap opera viewing audience is hungry for same-sex romances on soaps. GH already has the character and Sri Rao more-than-proved he was capable of penning a smart, sexy, character-driven gay love story on General Hospital: Night Shift, so why doesn't ABC bring him on board the mothership specifically to oversee a storyline for Lucas?
The Young and the Restless
Daytime's newly-restored crown jewel is the first soap in a long time to give GH a run for its money in terms of young adult star wattage. Fire-hot writing for characters like Cane (Daniel Goddard), Amber (Adrienne Frantz), Daniel (Michael Graziadei), Kevin (Greg Rikaart), Jana (Emily O'Brien), and the addition of All My Children graduates Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) and Billy Miller (Billy) in their breakout performances, have helped make Y&R the most talked about show in daytime again, due to the show's smart decision to strongly tie its new generation to its veterans.
I would love to see Blake as Jack Abbott's bitter son Kyle or Lauren's senstive, writer offspring Scott. What 20-something soap star wouldn't want to be a part of this cast? Here's hoping Corday's loss is Maria Arena Bell's gain.