This Week in Daytime



This week in daytime,

I wondered if All My Children's Zach (Thorsten Kaye) and Kendall (Alicia Minshew) fans were steaming mad about their couple's onscreen reunion, of sorts. Not being a Zendall fan myself I expect it had to be more than a little bittersweet to see a favorite couple return, only to dissolve before our eyes like a hairball in a drain pipe attacked by Draino. My sympathies are with you Zendall fans.

I expected Daytime Confidential's Melodie to tell me she was stockpiling Nature's Valley Clusters, since there is a new commercial for the snack, featuring former Guiding Light star Murray Bartlett.

I jeered The Young and the Restless' Lauren Fenmore and her doppelganger. Don't get me wrong I love Tracey Bregman, I think she is a consummate actress and a super trooper to be playing this storyline, but Lauren and this doppelganger seem to have more in common with Clark Kent and Superman than the Lauren fans remember. The only difference between Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman is the glasses and spandex costume. The only difference between Lauren and her doppelganger is hooker red lipstick. Poor Tracey Bregman doesn't even get to wear spandex. AND you just know she'd ROCK a spandex costume.

I cheered the return of Kate Collins to All My Children as Janet From Another Planet. I say bring on the crazy!

I was comforted by the return of Erika Slezak to One Life to Live as Viki. Amidst the whirlpool of insanity that is the current state of OLTL, her return gave me a sense of calm, reassuring me that no matter how crazy things get everything will be alright now that she's back. Let's just hope she gets a good storyline.

I applauded As the World Turns' Carly (Maura West) for telling Jack (Michael Park) and Janet (Julie Pinson) off. LOVED it! This is the Carly fans want to see.

I loved Nicole (Arianne Zucker) vs. Arianna (Lindsay Hartley) on Days of our Lives and cannot wait to see how this rivalry continues to evolve now that it looks like they will be forced to work together. I'm just waiting for the day these two slug it out like Nicole and Sami (Alison Sweeney) did recently. For the first time in a very long time I actually have a reason to care about Brady (Eric Martsolf), thanks to these two characters.

I wished Drew Garrett, Scott Evans and Brett Claywell much success as their time on my TV wound to a close. I can’t wait to see where those three talented stars end up next.

I groaned as Beth (Robin Riker) on The Bold and the Beautiful belly flopped into the great beyond...er pool. You just know those slutty Logan girls are going to blame Stephanie (Susan Flannery) for this, when her hands are clean.

I tried SOAPnet's "Which Chandler Are You?" quiz. Can you guess who I ended up as?

I laughed when As the World Turns' Luke (Van Hansis) opened the door in just his towel and Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) undressed him with his eyes before telling him to get his "butt in gear." [Insert your own joke here.]

I realized that with Days of our Lives' Will Horton now recast and Mia (Taylor Spreitler) a goner I won’t have an excuse to FF through Salem’s teen storyline. I can’t remember the last time I was able to say that.

I imagined what it would be like to see Eric Braeden on Dancing with the Stars. Odds of it happening are about as good as getting world peace, stopping global warming and All My Children getting a 10.0 in the ratings, but never say never. Either way, the idea made me grin.

I plotted ways for General Hospital to rewrite recent history and have Federal Prosecutor Claire Walsh (Dahlia Salem) as Patrick’s (Jason Thompson) college friend, instead of Dr. Lisa Niles (Brianna Brown). I can easily envision the hard-nosed Walsh as a viable threat to Scrubs, but I just don’t see it with Dr. Niles. Imagine it being Patrick’s old flame prosecuting Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) precious Sonny. Now that would be good soap opera.

My Totally Subjective Soap Ranking for the Week of April 12 - 18

1. Days of our Lives
2. General Hospital
3. All My Children
4. As the World Turns
5. The Bold and the Beautiful
6. One Life to Live
7. The Young and the Restless

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You can totally tell that AMC is setting up for Kendall to return without Zach. I liked all of their scenes this week, but it was very bitter sweet. I am going to miss Zendall.

I was surprised by Arianna and Nicole on DAYS! I really wasn't feeling them at first, but with these latest developments, with them possibly having to work together...it has captured my interest. Looking forward to whatever's next!

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 Luke, I agree with you on the rankings-- DAYS seems to have found pretty solid footing the last year, and I also like the new Will.  The writing staff at Y&R needs to be replaced or sat down and given a scolding for allowing this once high quality Bell show to become a joke.  Very little of it is watchable, and even those of us who used to continue watching at least to see our favorite characters are avoiding the show because we hate to see what the writers have allowed them to become.  I mean, there comes a time when a habit has to be broken, and  the writers have made my Y&R habit very easy to give up.  The ratings may stay up, but only because the show has little competition in many parts of the country.

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For me being a huge Zendall fan it was great seeingthem on screen this week.Im just thrilled beyond belief that Alicia Minshew will return full time this summer im a die hard kendell and alicia minshew fan.I think abc needs to get it together Thorsten Kaye has made it clear he's not willing to relocate to los angeles.So why doesnt frons offer him his old role of patrick thornhart.Right now during the day i watch all abc soaps and at night i watch days.Loving Lindsay korman on days.

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Y&R is SO bad right now.  Poor Bill Bell, Sr.  This show is a parody and a bad one at that.  How many look alikes (at the same time) can one town have?  Ugh!

GH is rocking.  Yes, the mob premise is always tiring, but at least the actors are knocking the storylines out of the park (Frons stay away from this....you just wrecked my OLTL).  The acting is so solid ~ Alexis, Kristina, Molly, Sam, Luke, Tracy, Helena, Diane, Lucky, Dante, Lulu and dare I say it...even Sonny and Jason.  Awesome.  Sadly, Spinelli has run his course for me.

I also wish Keifer was still around; a wasted opportunity there storyline-wise.  Whatever Guza is doing (hopefully on an extended vacation) keep doing it.  But please kill the mob presence (yeah, right) and kill Lisa Niles (please).  Luke is right ~ Claire would have been a great joly to Robin and Patrick's lives.....

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I gotta agree with your ranking of the soaps this week. I do put #3-6 at a sucky tie. Y&R has easily been the worst soap for a while now. Still blows my mind that Days is the best in quality since it's normally so outlandish. Still love my Days till the end though.

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Yeah I'm mad that Brad killed off Beth already. B&B was just starting to dive into the alzheimer's story when bam, she ends up facedown in a pool. Come on Brad, slow down and tell an actual story!

Kyle and Fish just left and I already miss them. I will especially miss Brett and his alter ego Kyle on my screen. I hope Brett lands on another soap soon or can book a good primetime gig. He's too talented to not be on tv.

Yeah, Y&R blows. It's not even recognizable anymore. Just an awful plotly mess, that's like a high-budget Passons or something. Please bring back my Y&R.

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I already miss Brett Claywell and Scott Evans but you didn't mention Scott Clifton who also kicked butt during his last scenes. He and Kish did a great job.

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I simply found it ridiculous for Kendall to instantly choose to devote her time to coddling/bowing down to "Saint Greenlee," who clearly doesn't give a damn about her or anyone else, except for David Hayward, since returning to town!!! Greenlee has proven time after time how selfish and reckless she is, and she will step over ANYONE to get what she wants. I have always loved Greenlee and Kendall's "friendship," when it was filled with humor and wit, but when Greenlee gets on her invisible high horse, I always find myself wanting to reach through the TV and strangle her!!!! Kendall should be fighting for her marriage and the father of her kid, as opposed to chasing behind "GreenMe".......it's not 2005 anymore, writers!! Kendall is a mother and wife, not one of Greenlee's groupies!! I know that Thorsten Kaye is leaving, but I would much rather have just seen Kendall come back to town ALONE after trying to work things out without bringing Thorsten back only to be simultaneously reminded of the fact that he's leaving again---PERMANENTLY!! Talk about dangling that unattainable carrot in the air and torturing fans who like Zach's character and "Zendall".....

Looking forward to seeing Janet come back to Pine Valley. Two months ago, I would've been BEGGING the writers to have her throw Annie down a well and leave her there---PERMANENTLY, but Annie's new romance brewing with JR has made her suddenly INTERESTING in my book. Beforehand, I found her to be incredibly boring and one-note. Didn't care how much the writers wrote for her, not even marrying Adam Chandler made her interesting for me. Now, hopefully, that will change. Get that DAMNED Marissa off of my screen, and I'll be happy!!

Dr. Reid and Luke are SOOOO hawt!! Sometimes, it's like watching the beginning of a really steamy gay porn!!! Right before they disrobe and get down to business!! LOL!!!! Luke needs a bad boy, in my opinion. I liked "Nuke," but we all know they are gonna give them a speedy reconciliation before the September finale, so why not enjoy watching Luke dancing with the devil now?? I will be. Just stop showing those damn teenagers so much, ATWT!!! Give me more Luke, Dr. Reid, Barbara, Henry, and try to toss in some more Lucinda, Lisa and more VETERANS before you fade to black PERMANENTLY, please!!!

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I din't mind Zendall returing and loved their scenes on Friday. Kendall is returing but for how long? They need to recast Zach. I saw the love in this couple

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I can see Zendall zplitting up, but I can't see Zach willingly giving up the boys.  Wouldn't it be a riot if he fights for and wins custody!  Just as Erica lost custody of Binky all those years ago, history repeats itself and Kendall loses Spike and Ian.

I know, I know.  Spike is Ryan's...but Zach is better with  both boys and actually HAS TIME for them, unlike Ryan, who goes months without seeing any of his little McNuggets.  When was the last time I read anything about him seeing Emma?  And they're in the same town.  When I read about him getting all snitty about not seeing Spike, I had to wonder hold long it's been since he walked down Pine Valley Drive and saw Emma.

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I understand that they have to break up Zendall because TK isn't coming back but breaking them up over Kendall obsession with that insufferable witch Saint GreenMe is just stupid. I really didn't need another reason to hate her.

I didn't watch Y&R this week, i couldn't bring myself to.

GH is still good, my Carly was fierce as hell!!

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FANTASTIC idea on re-writing recent GH history.  Subbing Claire for Lisa in the story gives us a better actress and story symmetry.  I looked for Claire to be a potential spoiler in Dante/Lulu relationship after they seemed to be testing chemistry btw the characters but Salem/Claire are needed much more in the Scrubs storyline. 

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I never have been a Zendall fan, mostly because I don't like Zach, but I do feel for their fans because I know what it's like to lose a couple you love over for idiotic reasons. I can't believe I'm enjoying AMC more than Y&R and OLTL right now. If you told me that 6 months ago I wouldn't have believed you.

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I used to like Zendall quite a bit , but I have to admit this "reunion" did nothing for me. It was great to see Zach again, but after all they've been through I don't really enjoy them much as a couple anymore. I can't wait to see Thorston on OLTL!

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alstonboy4315 wrote:
Looking forward to seeing Janet come back to Pine Valley. Two months ago, I would've been BEGGING the writers to have her throw Annie down a well and leave her there---PERMANENTLY, but Annie's new romance brewing with JR has made her suddenly INTERESTING in my book. Beforehand, I found her to be incredibly boring and one-note. Didn't care how much the writers wrote for her, not even marrying Adam Chandler made her interesting for me. Now, hopefully, that will change. Get that DAMNED Marissa off of my screen, and I'll be happy!!

Co-sign this, I think AMC stumbled onto thier next supercouple in JR & Annie, Srsly Jacob has never been this sexy while being used as a Chandler prodigy, you really feel he's the next Adam and the most sexiest Chandler I've seen in some time. Him and Annie make me crave for more. I love the build up, now please for the love of all that is holy, can we get rid of Marissa so we can get our Jannie on.

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I groaned as Beth (Robin Riker) on The Bold and the Beautiful belly flopped into the great beyond...er pool. You just know those slutty Logan girls are going to blame Stephanie (Susan Flannery) for this, when her hands are clean.

There seem to be a number of people in cyberspace who have crazy hateration for Stephanie.  I asked someone if they could understand how having a person you have detested for 20 plus years as a constant presence in your life could make you a little irritated.  The response: Whateva!

Which was pretty much what Stephanie gave to the Logans, when she admitted her proximity to the newest floatie in the pool.  I appreciated that response.