Daytime Confidential's Top 10 Most Improved of 2008

No. 2: Melissa Fumero - One Life to Live

Melissa "Bitchy Bangs" Fumero was one of 2008's most noted transformations. For years One Life to Live fans had bemoaned that the character of Adrianna Cramer was coma-inducing and boring. Some blamed it on the writers and others blamed it on the actress. Then something fantastic happened. Early in 2008, Fumero got a haircut around the same time the character of Adriana received a Dorian-eque personality change. Introducing Bitchy Bangs! 

Post haircut, Adrianna quickly became one of the best soap bitches of 2008. Fumero finally found her niche, managing to play up the character's newfound snark, while keeping Adriana believable and sympathetic–a hard task in the current daytime climate where villains tend to become caricatures as opposed to characters. As the transformation of Fumero and Adrianna had fans gladly re-evaluating their opinions, Adrianna's wedding day face off with Gigi (Farah Fath) landed One Life to Live a rare Soap Opera Weekly cover.

Unfortunately, like many good things (and many good bangs), the rejuvenated Adriana's time on One Life to Live was cut short. Fumero decided to leave the soap, taking with her the best young vixen daytime had seen in years. Adriana's absence is felt across the canvas, but especially within the confines of the Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) and Gigi romance. Without Adrianna's machinations , Gigi and Rex 's storyline has become mired in the mundane. This once-viable couple desperately needs a proper foil to prevent them from becoming an ooey gooey snorefest. Hopefully One Life to Live will figure out way to get Bitchy Bangs back and soon!


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Pleasantly surprised to see Jake Silbermann on here. I get flack from friends for saying that he's gotten a lot better than when he first started on the show (they still say he's wooden). I like him and I think he does a good job portraying a character with stunted emotional growth. I just with TPTB would take him off the back-burner and put him in a decent storyline along with Van.

Nice to Arianne Zuker on here too. She was terrible when she first started on Days but she's grown tons since the return. Too bad her current storyline stinks.

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I think that Judith Chapman could act, but her character was simply irredeemable until today's episode. It was the best work of her career and made me and the fans sympathetic to her. I wanted Gloria gone, but I am loving her now.


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Thank You for putting Brandon Buddy on the list! I'd put him #1 on my most improved list. The kid has come a loooong way. Not only has he improved but I think he's turned into a terrific actor who brought me to tears several times over the last year. I haven't watched recently (my own private Tarty Boycott) and BB is one of the few things I really miss...

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SO glad to see My girl Mandy Bruno on here. She really did do the Damn thing this past year. I'm just happy to see her get the credit she deserves!

Brandon Buddy, Lawrence St. Victor, and even Judith Chapman have all improved leaps and bounds this past year as well!

Nice list, y'all!

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You guy's really hit the mark on the head about
lawrence St Victor & Mandy Bruno...they really have been amazing in a very turbulant year over at "Guiding Light". I do have to say there seems to be more interest in the show as of late for many reasons...let's just hope we can save the LIGHT.

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While some actors transcend mediocre to bad writing, it seems like Judith Chapman needs it on the page; when it's there, she brings the heat.

Good picks all the way around... Wink

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i would just have to say that picture of star and cole rivals any hollywood golden era movie poster. they have chemistry and energy and knowing their story makes the picture even more amazing.

awesome choices - i bow to your listmaking! keep them coming!

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i'm glad that DROOPY DAWG lady won, i like her!