Rating The Young Uns: Why Soaps Could Use More Actors Like Blake Berris And Less Hair Models



General Hospital

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.  


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Am I the only one that thinks Pam Anderson isn't that bad of an actress? I always thought she had real potential, she's likeable (onscreen), is comfortable in front of the camera (no self-consciousness which is a real killer), and showed some comedic flair. If she had really worked at it, I think she could have been good. Besides there are *much* worse out there...

Well I agree with most of what Jamey wrote. My ratings/grades for the Younger Crowd:

B&B: D
AMC: C-
OLTL: B+
GH: B
Y&R: C+ (the low grade is in part because I resent the show trying to convince me that 30 year old Amber is still a dippy little teeny bopper.)
DAYS: D

Can't grade ATWT or GL because it's been waaaay too long since I've seen them.

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LMAO Daisy I too used to gripe about Adrienne Frantz, who is older than I am, being stuck in teen storylines, but it works for me now. She has basically been in one teen story after another since 1997!

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Great article Jamey. I agree with everything you said. When new young characters are brought onto soaps, or new kids are born, I always think of what they'll be like in the future and how the soap one day might revolve around them. Unfortunately, many soaps fall short in that area. But not GH (as I will alwaysdefend it no matter what Wink ) and OLTL has done a tremendous job paving the way with Starr,Cole,Langston,and Markko.

Also,"Soap Find of the Millenium Bradford Anderson"? YES!!!! I am so gonna start calling him that, lol.



Sam McCall's favorite accessory? A shotgun Smile.

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LMAO I love (to hate) me some Sam...and that's a good thing! Soap need those characters. The Sams of Soapdom help point out the sanctity and virtue of noble heroines like my beloved Elizabeth! Tongue

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Maybe Tika Sumpter could be the new Lily Winters? No hate mail, please.

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Oh I would love Tika as Lily, although it would probably cause mouths to drop, given their vastly different appearances. I think she would be great in the role.

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Don't know about the other soaps, but you're right Jamey, ATWT has a great younger set (I even like Marnie! Tongue). They just need to write better stories for them. Something I really hated was when Will, Gwen, Casey and Maddie were always around each other while they kept Luke seperate from them (we barely saw Luke for 7-8 months after he came out and before Noah arrived. That's why I'm loving the Luke/Noah/Alison/Casey interaction we've been seeing. I really love Luke and Casey's friendship.

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Marnie makes my brain bleed. LOL She is not a bad actress, but she is so not right for soaps, IMO.

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Okay being a teen do kinda watch the teen stories and i am supposed to care about them....

Almost none of the shows have real 'teen' storylines, ATWT, YR and OLTL is about it, the rest are all 20 somethings trying to find there way in the world.

Shockingly all three of those teen sets i love.

Lets go soap by soap thou.

AMC -- There is a teen set? ohhhhhhhhh you mean That Robot and that other kid...yea don't really care, the actress has gotten better but the storylines still suck.

ATWT--

Awesome youth set, love to watch everyone on, my main problem with that show is the inbetweeners (Peg,Craig, Dusty, Fake Jen, etc).

B&B --

You really want more of their 'youth' set????? I am Thankful every day they are off (though i did like the little i saw of Thomas) I want Felicia and Owen on more but thats about it the rest can go.

DAYS--

They need some actual TEENS on that show, but the 'young adults' that we have are currently a mess, Stephanie and Chelsea i kinda 'like' at the moment but thats about it. ((I find watching the destroyed Nick painful at the moment))

but if they want to keep me watching they have got to at minimum recast Molly B, she's got to go.

Gh--

Again not really teens, they are a good set thou.

GL--

Same problem, decent set, get rid of Grady though ( I like Daisy.....)

OLTL --

Love the cast, Cole really grew on me lol.

YR--

I didn't mind the teens, look forward to recast Eden and glad Noah is pulling double duty Smile

Home and away --

AWESOME teen set, few minor but whatever

Eastenders --

Bloody Brilliant

Hollyoaks --

Amazing

Neighbours --

Wickedly good.

Tongue had to promote those shows will good teen/YA sets Smile

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Oh ssjohn!!! I forgot all about Eastenders!! Smile

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LMAO I love (to hate) me some Sam...and that's a good thing! Soap need those characters. The Sams of Soapdom help point out the sanctity and virtue of noble heroines like my beloved Elizabeth!
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So true jamey

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Maybe Tika Sumpter could be the new Lily Winters?
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I think Tika is highly overatted and not that good of an actress.

Blake should ditch Daytime, but if here wants to still stay in this mess of a field he should be on the best shows.

I can see him OLTL as a legacy character or even a new character.

On Y&R he would work as Kyle Abbott.

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Maybe Tika Sumpter could be the new Lily Winters?
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I think Tika is highly overatted and not that good of an actress.

Blake should ditch Daytime, but if here wants to still stay in this mess of a field he should be on the best shows.

I can see him OLTL as a legacy character or even a new character.

On Y&R he would work as Kyle Abbott.

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the sanctity and virtue of noble heroines like my beloved Elizabeth!

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Y&R needs to get rid of that dead-weight "actress" portraying Colleen and get Adrianne Leon back in the role. There's a reason Crapleen hasn't been on the show for the entire month of November. I wish TPTB would do something about this problem; hopefully they are and that's why she hasn't been on in a month.

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Y&R needs to get rid of that dead-weight "actress" portraying Colleen and get Adrianne Leon back in the role.
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Yeah and hopefully if the HSM ripoff becomes pop. she'll leave, b/c she just has been awful as Colleen. I mean if Tammin was playing a new character I would've been OK, but she isn't Colleen Carlton and the off accent makes it even worse to watch her in a scene.

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@Daisy --

You know i gotta pimp out those soaps any chance i get Smile also its kinda hard to 'remember' that they have a teen/youth set because they are just 'part of the show' they dont stick out like our Teen/YA storylines do.

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Exactly ssjohn!! I just take for granted that EE's younger actors are good, that the characters are likeable (I actually *care* about them), their stories are relevant and they're naturally integrated into the rest of the show (like you said, they don't 'stick out')

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"Twenty-something couples like Rex and Gigi and Natalie and Jared are also equal parts romantic and visually stimulating."

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